Basmati Rice (baz-mah-tee) is a type of long-grain white rice commonly grown in the Himalayas, India, and Pakistan. It is know to be fragrant with a light nutty flavor as well as having a delightful floral aroma. “Bas” in Hindi language means “aroma” and “mati” means “full of,” hence the word Basmati — or “full of aroma.”
The key to making Basmati rice that is light, tender and fluffy is to rinse it first, otherwise, the grains will be gummy and stick together. Simply place the rice in a bowl with water, and then swish it around to release any excess starch. The water will be cloudy at first but after several rinses, it will be clear. Basmati rice is popular in rice pilaf and as a side dish for curry.
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