When I learned that our town was going to open a World Market store a few years ago, I was extremely excited, to say the least. World Market carries a variety of international sweet treats, snacks, beers, cooking ingredients and utensils, etc. Although they carry furniture and lots of home décor, I'm typically there for the food and to try ingredients that will give me a chance to prepare a new exciting dish for my family. I've tried some intriguing foods from there, and the prices are affordable.
Last week I bought a bag of Basmati rice. We love Jasmine rice and Basmati has been on my radar for a while. I finally got a chance to prepare it, and I am totally sold on this type of rice. Basmati is a variety of long grain rice. It is hugely popular and cultivated in India. As I mentioned before, it is aromatic rice with a delicate fragrance. After it had been cooked, I realized that this is the longest grain rice I have ever prepared. This is not sticky rice; in fact, this rice is ever so loose and fluffy. I did rinse it three times before cooking it. I read that washing it several times until the water looks clear eliminates some of the excess carbohydrates that otherwise would cook with the rice. Also, this rice is excellent to prepare fried rice! If you have not tried it, give it a go, you will love it.