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What Are The Different Types of Basmati Rice? Varieties, Colors & Texture

What Are The Different Types of Basmati Rice? Varieties, Colors & Texture

Basmati rice can undoubtedly be called as the 'king of rice', as it is the most sought after, in-demand, flavorful and costliest variety of rice. Basmati rice is a long grain, aromatic rice that is mainly grown in South East Asia including India, Nepal and Pakistan. It has extremely versatile usage, ideally simply boiled with a hint of salt to have it with wide range of curries like butter chicken and oriental ones; or it is layered or boiled in broths and curries to make a wholesome one pot meal. Here we will discuss some top demanded types of basmati rice wholesale this day. 

1. Standard Basmati Rice

Standard basmati is an economically focused basmati rice, typically a shorter thicker grain. Standard basmati rice is an excellent rice to buy in bulk for rice pudding, steamed rice, or as a stuffing in stuffed bell peppers or vine leaves. A1 Cash and Carry is a wholesaler of bulk basmati rice, some of our popular standard basmati rice are: Wah Basmati rice, Chandni Chowk Rozana Basmati Rice.



2. 1121 Extra Long Grain Basmati Rice

1121 Extra long grain basmati rice is a premium rice, focused on the restaurant who wants a more aromatic quality rice to serve their customers. The 1121 Extra Long Grain Basmati rice features a longer, narrower grain with a pointy tip. This rice is suitable for steamed rice, pulao and biryani. A1 Cash and Carry,  wholesale food distributor Ontario, stocks a variety of 1121 Extra long grain rice in bulk: AzaanSubhan XXL Basmati Rice, Apna Extra Long Basmati Rice, India's Own - Premium White Basmati Rice.


3. Cream Sela Basmati Rice

Cream Sela Basmati Rice is a parboiled version of 1121 Extra Long Grain Basmati rice with a light colour. The main difference of Creamy Sela Basmati Rice and 1121 Extra Long Grain Basmati rice is the cooking process, and cooked rice result. Sela Rice typically cooks 'easier' than basmati rice, although it may take longer to cook. Once cooked Cream Sela Basmati rice remains fluffy, firmer than 1121, and the grains remain separate. Cream Sela Basmati rice is often preferred by restaurants due to easier cooked handling, and that the grains remain separate. Our most popular rice: Maharani Sela Rice is a cream sela rice. Another very popular cream sela rice is Apna Sela Rice

4. Golden Sela Basmati Rice

Golden Sela is also a parboiled version of 1121 Extra Long Grain Basmati rice, with a more yellowish hue. The reason it has a yellow hue is because the rice is parboiled with the natural brown husk, and is dehusked after being parboiled. Due to the rice being parboiled with its husk it absorbs some of the additional nutrition from the husk and is a more nutrient dense rice. Golden Sela basmati rice cooks into a fluffy, firm and separate grain rice. A1's most popular Golden Sela rice is Chandni Chowk Golden Sela Basmati Rice, available in bulk 40 lb bags. Another popular choice is Sher - Golden Sela Basmati Rice


Frequently Asked Questions About Basmati Rice

    a) What Are The Health Benefits of Basmati Rice?

Basmati rice has a substantially lower glycemic index than the majority of rice varieties, especially white rice. Basmati rice is a food with a moderate to medium glycemic index, falling between 52 and 60. Small servings of basmati rice can be a part of a balanced diet if you have diabetes.

Constipation and other digestive problems might result from a low fiber diet. Because the fiber in basmati rice is soluble, it provides bulk and aids in the movement of waste through the digestive system.

Source: WebMD

b) Difference Between Basmati Rice & White Rice

White rice can be made from any type of rice. Rice that has been milled to remove the bran and germ layers, then further treated and polished to create the fluffy, white grain, is what we often refer to as "white rice." Basmati rice is a type of white rice that has a lower GI, less arsenic, more fiber, and a stronger scent. This is the fundamental distinction between Basmati rice and white rice. Contrarily, white rice has fewer calories and a more bland aroma.


c) Why Basmati Rice Is Best?

Unlike regular long-grain rice, Basmati's long, slender grains have a light, fluffy texture that provides a completely different mouth-feel and flavor—distinctive, unique—to the tongue. Also, the aroma of basmati rice is absolutely undeniable, as the saying goes, when you are cooking basmati rice it goes far and wide. Also, as discussed above, there are health benefits associated with basmati rice that makes it more suitable for dietary needs. 


How To Cook Basmati Rice?

In order to cook basmati rice, we recommend cooking it the traditional South East Asian way to bring out the best of aroma and fluffiness in it. Here's a wonderful how to guide on how to cook basmati rice to perfection:

  • Put the rice in a bowl and then cover it with water. Swish the rice around with your hands to get rid of extra starch. Leave the rice in the bowl and drain the water. Till the water runs clean, repeatedly rinse the rice. Rinse the rice.
  • Rice, water, salt, oil, and bay leaf should all be added to a medium-sized pot and brought to a boil.
  • Set the temperature to medium-low and secure the lid. Till all the water has been absorbed, cook the rice.
  • Turn off the heat and let the rice steam for an additional five to ten minutes.
  • Use a rice paddle or a spoon to fluff the cooked rice after removing the lid.

    There is a wide range of oriental, desi and continental dishes that can be prepared with basmati rice. Some of these include the ever famous Biryani. Biryani itself has many variations like Sindhi biryani, Bombay biryani, Zafrani biryani, Pulao. Other dishes include stir fried or Chinese fried rice, vegetable rice, veg pulao, yellow rice with saffron among countless many others. 




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