A long-grain rice with nutty flavor and firm texture, possibly due to the fact that it is aged. Basmati comes from the Hindi word meaning fragrant; and has been used in India and Pakistan for thousands of years and is excellent with curries. Several varieties are now grown in the U.S., such as Texmati and Kasmati.
Season: available year-round
How to select: Found in large supermarkets and Indian or Middle Eastern markets.
Substitutions: long grain rice