“Basmati” is derived from a Sanskrit word “vasmati” which means “fragrant”. The rapid increase in popularity of basmati rice in the western world has been phenomenal. According to the data released by certain Indian exporters, the export of Basmati rice to western countries including the USA and the UK have witnessed a massive increase of 118% in a matter of 10 years. Even though a part of this rise can be owed to the fact that there has been a considerable increase in the Indian population in these places, we should not overlook the rise in popularity among the natives as well.
The aroma and texture of this rice are unique and loved by the westerners. When cooked with spices and served with traditional Indian curries it is rich and tasty. Hyderabad biriyani which is the most popular dish is made of Indian basmati. Other than the taste and aroma, is there something that has been drawing people to this Indian delicacy? In fact, recent studies have confirmed that villagers in rural India have been using this for decades since this has high nutritional value and a very healthy agro product.
Types of Basmati Rice
Most people are under the impression that this agro product comes in just one variety. They could not be farther from the truth. In fact, different areas in India specialize in certain varieties of this and their texture, flavor and aroma vary considerably. The most popular types of basmati rice available in India are:
• 1121 Steam
• 1121 Super Fine
• Golden Sella
• Pusa Sella
• Pusa steam
• Sugandha steam
Any major exporters of basmati in India will have a considerable stock of the above varieties and it is in the best interest of the buyer to specify which variety he requires.
Nutritional facts of basmati rice
100g of this rice when cooked releases over 200 calories! This is considerably higher than what a normal rice can give. So, if you are looking for an instant release of energy the natural way, nothing beats a bowl of well-cooked basmati rice!
They are also rich in carbohydrates and proteins. Every 100g of this rice contains 25g carbohydrates and 5g proteins.
Another major reason why they have become extensively popular in the west is because they are completely gluten free. Addition to this fact, they are almost free of fat and cholesterol and it makes a healthy recipe like no other.
Studies have proved that basmati rice is rich in vitamins like niacin and thiamine. There are very few natural sources of these vitamins and hence it is highly recommended that you increase this agro product in your diet.
The brown variety of basmati rice is rich in iron content and hence it is highly recommended diet for anemic patients.
There are lots of exporters in India who specialize in basmati rice. Make sure you understand their processing methods and packaging before you finalize the order.