A variety of long, slender-grained aromatic rice, which hails traditionally from the Indian subcontinent is known as ‘Basmati Rice’.
As of 2018-19, India exported to 65% of the overseas basmati rice market, while Pakistan accounted for the remainder.
Basmati Rice gets its unique aroma from a cocktail of 100 different compounds like hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes and esters.
As compared to any other brown rice, Basmati rice contains nearly 20% more fiber.
The earliest reference to Basmati rice could be found in the Punjabi tragic romance ‘Heer Ranjha’ (1766) by Waris Shah.