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India Gate Basmati Rice – Bringing the Family Together

When the world thinks of Basmati, it thinks of India and India Gate Basmati rice is an integral part of many a household. Their quality rice will be relished whenever it is a part of any recipe.

I was honored to get a Diwali gift from India Gate Rice. It honestly made my Diwali more colorful.Β We regularly use India Gate Rice at home and I was thrilled to have received it as a gift. It came beautifully packaged in a colorful tray with 4 very pretty tea light holders which are a part of Diwali in various forms.

Known to be the world’s most precious rice strain, basmati has a special meaning at KBBL, the company that India Gate is a part of. It is one of the most treasured grains, and is grown only once a year in the Indo-Gangetic Plain beneath the Himalayan sub ranges. The fertile alluvial soil, fresh and cold air and the sweet water from the ranges contribute primarily to the unique characteristics associated with the grain. It is a remarkably long variety of rice and has a distinct aroma and discrete nutty taste. When cooked, the Basmati is longer, lighter and fluffier than standard white rice, and does not stick together.

Basmati is geographically indexed to the northern region on the Indian Sub-continent, which includes Basmati growing areas in the states of Uttrakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, adjoining areas of Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.

Quite like wine, it gets better with age. They age Basmati from a minimum of one to two years, to enhance and intensify its taste, aroma and cooking characteristics. Under good conditions it keeps well for up to 10 years. Old rice cooks up fluffy, with separate grains and releases a pleasant aroma.

I created a classic Vegetarian Biryani out of the rice that was gifted to me πŸ™‚

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It was flavourful and the basmati was more than perfection! Here is the recipe:

  1. Soak the rice for 20 mins to 30 mins (for 2-3 persons)
  2. Boil rice in water with 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 1 cardamom.
  3. Strain the water once the rice is 3/4 boiled.
  4. Keep aside the boiled rice.

To make mixed vegetable gravy –

  1. Take carrot, beans, cauliflower and cut them very small pieces. You can also take a few peas.
  2. Sautee onions in oil, add garlic ginger paste and then mix the chopped vegetables in this.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes or tomato puree. Cover it with lid to soften the vegetables.
  4. When the vegetables are tender, add salt, turmeric, garam masala powder, biryani masala (optional). Mix everything properly. Don’t add water.
  5. Once the vegetables are cooked, in a bowl mix 1 tsp of milk and add a few strands of saffron. Keep aside and take a glass dish to arrange the biryani.
  6. Put one layer of plain rice, then sprinkle the saffron milk, then put a layer of vegetable gravy, repeat the process till complete.
  7. Then on top put fried onions and cashews. If you want to add orange rice on top, mix a bit of red food coloring and add it to some rice and then decorate with it on top.

Once complete, you can cook the biryani in an oven for about 10 minutes before serving so that the flavours get enhanced.

Thank you India Gate Basmati Rice for being an integral part of our lives!

India Gate Basmati Rice is sold across almost all Supermarkets and Hypermarkets in UAE and is sold at a retail price of approx AED 20+ for 2 kgs.

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