Basmati rice is known as the "fragrant" rice because it contains a natural aromatic chemical compound giving it a distinctive spicy fragrance and flavor.
This natural aroma is also found in cheese, fruits and other cereals.
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, basmati rice has a "medium" glycemic index (between 56 and 69) opposed to regular white rice with a glycemic index of 89. This makes basmati rice more suitable for diabetics as compared to certain other grains and products made from white flour.
How To Cook
- 1 cup brown Basmati rice
- Kosher salt
- In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine rice, 2 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir once, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 50 minutes. (Do not lift the lid or stir!) Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve.