basmati rice

noun
bas·​ma·​ti rice | \ ˌbäz-ˈmä-tē- How to pronounce basmati rice (audio) , ˌbäs- also ˌbaz-, ˌbas- \

Definition of basmati rice

: a cultivated aromatic long-grain rice originating in southern Asia

called also basmati

Examples of basmati rice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, Mohabbewala in Dehradun was once known for its lush fields of basmati rice, a product that even gave the city recognition on the world map. Hridayesh Joshi, Quartz India, "An idyllic Indian city in the Himalayan foothills is crumbling under the weight of its “smart city” tag," 4 Feb. 2020 My father produced export quality basmati rice here until the mid-1990s. Hridayesh Joshi, Quartz India, "An idyllic Indian city in the Himalayan foothills is crumbling under the weight of its “smart city” tag," 4 Feb. 2020 Luque likes the avocado chicken curry, which has asparagus and mushrooms over basmati rice. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Are you all in on avocado? Rare avocado-themed restaurant opens in Dallas on Thursday," 29 Jan. 2020 Goat biryani captures everyone’s attention when its glass globe is brought out and its pastry seal is cut away, releasing a cloud of steam informed by saffron, fried onions and tender goat, plus the basmati rice in which everything cooks. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Punjab Grill, there are plenty of gilty pleasures," 21 Aug. 2019 All are complexly layered with flavor and heat and served with fluffy basmati rice flecked with fennel seeds. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Angel Indian’s Impressive Array of Vegetarian Standards and Showstoppers," 29 Nov. 2019 Parboiled basmati rice sits on top of marinated or cooked meat (often) and vegetables or potatoes (sometimes), which all get steamed together following a technique called dum. Bon Appétit, "Not My Amu’s Chicken Thigh Biryani," 23 Oct. 2019 The tray looks like a fancy hubcap, with compartments filled with naan, basmati rice, a piece of aloo tikki, salad, stewed lentils, baingan bharta, cabbage and a protein of your choice. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Spice of America, the most interesting Indian restaurant in San Francisco, is hiding in plain sight," 6 Sep. 2019 Pulao is a simplified pairing of basmati rice, spices and flavorful fillings but much more weekday friendly, as the rice and other ingredients cook together in one pot. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Chicken Pulao in a Rice Cooker," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of basmati rice

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basmati rice

Hindi bāsmatī kind of rice, literally, something fragrant

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27 Feb 2020

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“Basmati rice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basmati%20rice. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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basmati rice

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English Language Learners Definition of basmati rice

: a kind of long rice that is used especially in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking

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