Basmati Rice: The Queen of Scents and India’s Largest Export


Basmati rice is a unique variety of rice that is grown in the Himalayan foothills of India. It is the longest grain rice variety and is known for its distinctive aroma and flavor. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between basmati and non-basmati rice, the types of basmati and non-basmati rice, the packaging methods used for export, and the top exporting countries.

Basmati vs Non-Basmati Rice:

Basmati rice is longer and less sticky than non-basmati rice. The grains of basmati rice are slender and pointy, while non-basmati rice comes in various shapes and sizes. Basmati rice becomes twice its original size upon cooking and releases a pleasant aroma, while non-basmati rice does not change size and has a sweet smell and appealing taste. Non-basmati rice is used in dishes where a creamy or sticky texture is desired, such as risottos, puddings, and sushi.

Types of Basmati and Non-Basmati Rice:

India is the largest exporter and producer of basmati rice, with categories such as 1121 basmati rice, traditional basmati rice, Pusa basmati rice, 1401 basmati rice, 1509 basmati rice, Sugandha basmati rice, and Sharbati basmati rice. Non-basmati rice categories include PR11, PR14, Parmal, round, jeera, and Sona Masuri rice. Brown basmati rice is higher in protein and fat and helps to maintain body weight.

Packaging Methods for Export:

Basmati rice exporters use moisture-proof bags for packaging. Basmati rice is packed in plastic bags, jars, and non-woven fabric, while non-basmati rice is packed in jute bags.

Top Exporting Countries:

India is the largest exporter of rice in the world, with basmati rice being a significant contributor to this. Other major exporting countries include Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, the United States, China, and Burma.

Bansal Finefoods:

Bansal Fine Foods Private Limited (“Bansal Finefoods”) is certified by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India as an “Export Trading House” and provides better quality and nutritious rice to the local community. They maintain production standards with stringent guidelines at every stage and achieve the highest National Food Quality and Production Standards. Bansal Finefoods provides the finest quality rice in India and abroad, with brands such as “Marshal” and “Ghazal” being appreciated in over 43 countries around the world.

Top Importing Countries:

The top five basmati rice importing countries are Saudi Arabia, the United States, Thailand, Spain, and Iran. Good quality basmati rice is produced in districts such as Karnal, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Amritsar, Fatehgarh, Gurudaspur, Hoshiarpur, and Jalandhar.


Basmati rice is a staple food in India and a significant export commodity. India’s strict quality standards and Bansal Finefoods’ commitment to excellence ensure that only the best quality rice is exported globally. The unique aroma and flavor of basmati rice make it a favorite among rice lovers worldwide.

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