Many a times people have asked what the meaning of basmati rice is. Basmati rice has been reported in India since the early days of the 19th Century though it may have been named differently. "Bas" in Hindi language means "aroma" and "Mati" mean "full of" hence the word Basmati i.e. full of aroma. This rice is different from other rice mainly due to the aroma and elongation post cooking. No other rice has this combined characteristic. The post cooking elongation of more than twice its original length, the aroma and its sweet taste has made basmati rice a delicacy. Basmati rice is grown only in Northern India and in parts of Pakistan touching India. One can easily call it the Champagne of India. Basmati Rice is nature's exclusive gift to the Indian sub-continent. No other rice in the world has this combined characteristic of exquisite aroma, sweet taste and the post cooking elongation. Basmati rice has been known to the world since the early days of the 19th Century though the British and the Portuguese and for a millennium and more it's known to the Gulf, the Mediterranean and up to Greece. By virtue of its geographical position, water and soil quality plus special weather conditions, this rice is different from other rice varieties. It is grown only in Northern India.
Nutritional Facts about Rice
Brown rice is the most nutritional of the many different forms. Brown rice retains the bran because it is not milled like white rice that loses a lot of nutrients in the milling process; however it tends to be enriched to replace those lost nutrients.
Both brown and white rice are considered a good source of vitamins and minerals. Rice is gluten free and can be easily digested, which makes rice a good choice for infants and people with wheat allergies or digestive problems.
A half cup of cooked white rice has only 82 calories and a half cup of cooked brown rice has 89 calories.
Other believes/facts about rice
There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow across every continent except on Antarctica. Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally throw at weddings.
After rice has been fully cooked, each grain of rice swells to three times in original weight.
Japanese people believe it is important to not waste rice, so it you leave rice in your bowl it is considered to be rude.
In India, rice is associated with prosperity and with the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.
Most of the world´s rice is consumed in the area in which it is grown, just 6% is traded internationally.