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Basmati is the world’s most popular rice because of its fragrance and sweet taste. Truly indigenous, the long grain Indian basmati rice is a valuable ingredient for an irresistible treat for all types of palates. Basmati rice has been reported in India since the 19th century. The word basmati means, bas means “aroma” and mati means “full of”, so Basmati means, “full of aroma”, The rice has been favored by emperors and praised by poets for hundreds of years.
There are several varieties of basmati rice. 1121 Sella/Steam/Raw, Pusa Sella/Steam/Raw, Sugantha Sella/Steam/Raw, Sharbati Sella/Steam/Raw. Pusa & Sugantha is also called the name of super Kernel Basmati Rice. This rice is different from other rice mainly due to the aroma and elongation post cooking. No other rice has this combined characteristic. The post cooking elongation of more than twice its original length, the aroma and its sweet taste has made basmati rice a delicacy.
Non- basmati rice comes in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. Some are long and slender, some are short and thick, some are like beads, and some may be round. None have the same characteristics as basmati rice. Some names of non basmati rice are shaped like basmati rice and PR, 104 IR8, IR 64, Masoori.