Basmati is a long-grain rice from India, considered to be one of the best-quality white rices. It has a distinctive aroma and, when cooked, each grain should remain separate, giving a light, fluffy result. It is the perfect accompaniment to Indian curries and is used in biriyani and pilaf dishes.
Basmati should be rinsed thoroughly in a few changes of water before cooking, in order to remove the starch.
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