n. [Hindi] aromatic long rice grown in India and Pakistan

The colour of Basmati rice is a translucent, creamy white. Upon

cooking, the rice grows twice as long but does not fatten much. The texture is firm and tender without splitting. It is also non-sticky. The aroma in Basmati arises from a cocktail of 100 compounds — hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes and esters.