The word “Basmati” has made its own identity in the world as a high class brand, it is notable for its fragrance and delicate, nuanced flavour.
“Basmati” literally means “the fragrant one” in Sanskrit, but it can also mean “the soft rice”. India is the largest cultivator and exporter of this rice, followed by Pakistan.
According to the Ayurdeva, Basmati is the purest form of rice and is termed as SATVIK rice. It is also very healthful for body tissues and easy to digest.
If we consider the history, Basmati has been on the royal menus of various cultures as the main dish. From
the “Polou” of Persia,
“Pilay” of Turkey,
“Pilaffs” of Steppers,
“Paellas” of the Mediterranean, to
the “PULAU” of INDIA
it has been served to great emperors, shahs, maharajas and sultans.
Basmati the “Queen of Rice”, is a highly aromatic grain which is long and elegantly thin. Basmati is basically originates from “Vasumati” which means “”Earth recognised by its fragrance”, the word purley exposited from Hindi.
“BAS” originating from “PRAKRIT VAS” has sanskrit root “VASAY” connoting “AROMA”, while “MATI” means “Ingrained from the Origin”.
Due to common usage the word “VAS” has been changed to “BAS” and thus the word “VASUMATI” is now called as “BASMATI”.