The finest grain of them all!

basmati-rice

Rice is part of any ordinary staple diet, and in the market we have an abundance of rice choices for all! How does rice differ from one another? They really do, even though they entail the same look , feel ! Do you know their “selling point” – the aroma! From the scent of the rice, one can really tell the difference. Basmati rice being in the market for such a significant period of time, has won the battle with its distinct smell. One of the richest in fragrance, basmati rice hails over all!

Basmati rice , is commonly found in the diets of Indians and Pakistanis , and they are definitely one of the leading suppliers on a global scale. Basmati rice comes in two forms ; either white or brown. Both the variety has the distinct taste and flavour, the only difference is that white basmati is more processed as compared to brown basmati. However, both varieties are a great add on to your diet.

How and why?

  1. Diabetes – as compared to other brands and types of rice Basmati rice has a much lower glycemic index, hence diabetics highly benefit from basmati rice in small portions in their diet.
  2. Fibre rich – Besides being low in GI, basmati rice also includes a significant amount of fibre in it. When one consumes enough fibre, it overall is good for your gut and also reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  3. Heart power – When we consume whole grains in our diet such as basmati rice, It has a tendency to reduce the risk of heart disease. Overall , consuming whole grains helps in the reduction of blood cholesterol levels, as well as high blood pressure-> in turn a risk for heart disease.
  4. Reduces risk of cancer – generally brown basmati rice entails more fibre as compared to the white version and approximately 20% more than other types of brown rice. When your diet is rich in fibre can prevent certain types of colorectal cancers.
  5. Improvises brain health –  due to the high nutritional content especially B vitamins (thiamine), it helps in your brain health and other deficiencies that can lead to problems such as Wernicke encephalopathy.
  6. Overall nutrients –  the nutrient content in rice  include vitamin B1 , B6, copper, folate, iron,  magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and much more!

Sourcing the finest , and highest quality of basmati rice is super-convenient with Shimla Hills. We have consistently met the international standards , and been a major supplier for premium quality rice to meet our consumer needs.

Rice Is Not Just A Staple Food, It’s Passion Around The World

Rice Is Not Just A Staple Food, It’s Passion Around The World

basmatiConsumed by billions around the world, rice is more than just food in most parts of the world – it is a way of life. In fact, rice became part of a phenomenal food culture that got spread from east to west very quickly. It is also fascinating to observe how faith, spirituality and religion have intertwined, and attached significant meaning in rice grains. Given to the fact that rice is second most produced grain in the world and a staple food to more than half of the world’s population, its popularity is admirable. Rice has enjoyed an amazing transformation from the plain white to the most intensely flavoured culinary delights over the years. You can readily steam, bake, boil, fry, grill and for that matter even roast rice.    

Rice & Its Magnificent Colors

The secret lies in the versatility of this grain. Intriguingly this plain looking grain is thoroughly engrained in the cultural ethos around the world, giving it a special place.

Apart from being a staple food and tickling taste buds, rice is truly a multi-purpose wonder. Every part of the rice can be used, adding to its appeal.

  • Rice Starch – can be used for making ice-cream, custard powder, puddings and much more.
  • Rice Bran Oil – It is nutritionally superior and can be used as edible oil. Rice Bran Oil can also be used in the making of soaps, synthetic fibers, detergents, emulsifiers and cosmetics.
  • Rice Bran – It is used in confectionery products, while the defatted bran is used as feed for cattle, organic fertilizer, wax making and for medicinal purposes as well.
  • Flaked Rice – It is made from parboiled rice that has been flattened into light flakes. Flaked rice is also known as beaten rice and often used for making gourmet dishes.
  • Puffed rice – The manufacturing process can differ, but most puffed rice is made by pressure heating rice kernels.
  • Broken Rice – It is mainly used in the making of cereals, food for babies, rice flour, noodles etc.

That’s about it and though the list has been wrapped here, it can expand endlessly.

Rice Has Varieties Too!

Basmatti-ricesDid you know – rice has more than 40,000 different varieties worldwide?  As the 2nd largest grower of rice, India’s rice export could be touching 8.3 million tons this year. This could make India the leading rice exporter in the world for second consecutive year. Shimla Hills is a name to reckon as one of the primary supplier of different rice (Basmati and Non-Basmati) varieties.

Popular rice varieties include:-

Short-Grain Rice – Starchy in its texture, it becomes soft and sticky when cooked.  Short grain rice is popularly used in sushi, paella and risotto.

Long-Grain Rice – It is ideal for use in pilafs (also known as pulao, polow, and plov) because of less starch content. When cooked, this enhances the flavour and each rice grain comes out separately.

Jasmine & Basmati – They come in the long-grain varieties and are extremely popular for their nutty texture and unique aromatic wBasmati-ricehiff that comes upon cooking.

Brown Rice – It differs from the white counterpart in terms of processing and nutritional content. Available in both long and short grains, brown rice is considered healthier, but takes slightly longer to cook.