This is a long-grained rice with a nutlike flavor and fragrance and a fine texture. It is used in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes and is widely available now in most grocery stores and specialty shops.
The name literally means "queen of frangrance." Basmati is a nutty long grain rice native to India and Pakistan.
Basmati is an Indian rice with very small but long grains, with a distinctive flavour. It should be rinsed before cooking.