"Basmati" has made its own unique identity in the world as a high class brand; it is noticeable for its slender aromatic grains and nuanced flavor. In Sanskrit, the word "Basmati" means "the fragrant one". India is the largest cultivator and exporter of Basmati rice.
Basmati rice has rich historical background. It was favorite dish of royalty. It has been on the royal menus of various cultures as the major dish under different names. From "Polou" of Persia, "Pilay" of Turkey, "Pilafs" of Steppers, "Paellas" of the Mediterranean, to the "Pulau" of India, it has been a favorite dish of great emperors, shahs, maharaja and sultans.
Meaning of word " Basmati"
Basmati, popularly known as the "Queen of rice", is a highly aromatic grain which is long and delicate in appearance. Basmati has originated from the word "Vasumati" which means "earth recognized by fragrance".
"Bas" originated from "Prakrit Vas" which has a Sanskrit root "Vasay" meaning "aroma" and "mati" from "mayup" which means "ingrained from the origin."
With the passage of time and for the sake of common usage the word "Vas" was changed to "bas" and "mayup" was changed to "mati", hence the combination of these two words led to origin of the word "basmati".
Basmati rice has digestive qualities also. It is beneficial for body as it is easy to digest and nourishes body tissues. According to the Ayurveda, basmati is "Saatvic" which means pure and healthy for the human body. The aroma and size of basmati rice doubles after cooking hence making it a healthy and delicious food for daily consumption.