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What Are the Key Differences Between Basmati and Non-Basmati Rice?

Updated: Apr 26

When you go to purchase rice you got confused to choose between what actually is Basmati Rice and what is Normal or we can say that Non-Basmati Rice.

And the story doesn’t end here, the lead role is played by our Rashan wala Bhaiya when he replies the one with the long grain is the Basmati Rice and the one with the short grain is non-basmati. This statement which we often hear is not completely wrong but wait! also its not the universal truth.

We also see that there are different colors of rice which are available in the market and trust me there are lot and its being more tough to choose the best aromatic and delicious rice. We are here to solve all your problems and this is going to be very interesting to learn about the actual and the key difference between Basmati and Non-Basmati rice

Basmati and Non-Basmati

Let’s have a closer look into it and after reading spot the difference in the pic and tell yourself which one is basmati and which one is non-basmati..Yes Yes You can not totally do exactly the same as written but yaaa!! guys at least by appearance you can do that !! Without any further talks and chits chats lets get into it :

Grain Length and Appearance which makes a difference between Basmati and Non-Basmati Rice

Basmati rice grains are long and slender, typically measuring 6-7 millimetres in length. They have a delicate curvature and elongate further (approximate double) upon cooking. APEDA, an agency of the Indian government, states that a rice (chawal) variety can be named basmati if it meets a number of requirements, including having an average precooked ­­­­­­length of 6.61 mm (0.260 in) and an average rice breadth of up to 2 mm (0.079 in). Whereas Non-basmati rice grains can vary in length, but they are generally shorter and broader compared to basmati rice.

Now if we talk about the variation that is seen among the different rice (chawal) is due to the reason that at what extent the rice has been undergone in from this it means the process of converting rice from paddy which is also known as "rough rice" or "dry rice" Depending upon this and several other process, the color of the rice changes as a end result.

Grain Length of Rice

There are different types of non-basmati rice, with short, medium, and long grains. The shape of the grains might vary based on the type of non-basmati rice, from round to medium-sized to lengthy. On the other hand, Basmati rice has a unique feel since the grains are airy and separated.

Aroma and Flavor

Basmati rice is renowned for its distinctive aroma, often described as a nutty or popcorn-like fragrance. It has a subtle, delicate flavor that complements a variety of dishes.

The reason for mesmerizing aroma that can fill the complete the room is a chemical compound name and is found in most rice varieties and according to various research the amount of this is found in more therefore it has the delicious room fill aroma as compared to other grades of rice.

Delicious and Aromatic Basmati Rice

Non-basmati rice has a milder aroma and flavor compared to basmati. The taste can vary depending on the specific variety, but it is generally neutral.

Now the question arises how the color of the rice changes from the basic white color which we all are seeing since our childhood. The color of the rice wholly depends upon

How much of the various types of rice has been treated. Rice is processed through milling and polishing. The involves removing the Hull, which is the rice's exterior covering. The entire Kernel is still present, and the Bran's various layers encircle it.

Dietry/Heath Benefits

We can never neglect our health as we often hear that " Health is Wealth" so for a wealthy and healthy life basmati as well as non-basmati both are very beneficial and they both have amazing health benefits and we can take this as an important point while finding out the difference between basmati and non-basmati rice.

Basmati Rice offers a bowl full of nutrients and fiber, rich in carbohydrates, low in sodium and cholesterol and the trend that everyone is following "Gluten Free"

Packaging difference between Basmati and Non-Basmati Rice

Basmati and Non-Basmati Rice exporters and dealers mostly use Moisture-lock or air tight bags are used by basmati rice exporters for packing the rice. Plastic bags and jars are used to pack basmati rice, and non-woven fabric which comes in 1/2 kg to 50kg quantities. However, non-basmati rice is packaged in large quantities (10kg, 20kg, and more) and the traders and exporters use jute bags. Additionally, we at Taj Mahal Rice make customize bags according to Client requirements.


The Basmati and non-basmati rice can be differ in terms of Shape, length color and appearance. The flavor and Aroma also play a vital role in shaping out the difference of which rice is basmati and which is non-basmati. When we are taking about all the points the most significant one can't be neglected i.e. The Health benefits of Basmati and Non-Basmati Rice which helps in finding the difference both of them are rich source of healthy and vital nutrients. The Method of Packaging also helps in guessing the difference between Basmati and non -basmati rice.



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