basmati rice


bas·​ma·​ti rice ˌbäz-ˈmä-tē- How to pronounce basmati rice (audio)
 also  ˌbaz-,
: a cultivated aromatic long-grain rice originating in southern Asia

called also basmati

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Serve with basmati rice or warmed flatbread. Christopher Kimball,, 13 Dec. 2022 Serve with basmati rice or your pilaf of choice. Beth Segal, cleveland, 7 May 2021 It’s served with flatbread and basmati rice. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug. 2020 Customers build their own pitas or bowls with bases like couscous, hummus, basmati rice or lettuce. Dallas News, 14 June 2022 Serve with a pouch of microwavable cooked basmati rice. Wini Moranville, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2021 At dinner time, this top-selling dish comes in a bigger portion ($40) and is served with a house green goddess sauce, spiced ghee and Marcona almond basmati rice. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2021 The chicken, brushed with a combination of pomegranate molasses and honey and served with a bevy of accents — warm-spiced basmati rice in a bowl swiped with creamy hummus is almost a meal in itself — catches a lot of attention, too. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 These creative meals were pulled together from an extensive pantry that included things like quinoa, basmati rice, all kinds of dehydrated meats and vegetables, grains, flours, spices, powdered eggs, powdered milk, and quite a bit more. Discover Magazine, 5 May 2015 See More

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Word History


Hindi bāsmatī kind of rice, literally, something fragrant

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of basmati rice was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Basmati rice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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