Bas means aroma and mati means full of in Hindi. With its fragrant aroma, nutty taste and very low starch content, Grainworks Organic Brown Basmati Rice with 100% whole grain goodness! The traditional rice in Indian cooking, Basmati cooks up perfectly separated and elongates to nearly twice its length after cooking. The King of Rice Distinguished by its enticing aroma, and by grains that elongate to nearly twice their length and separate after cooking, basmati is aptly nicknamed the King of Rice. According to Ayurvedic medicine, Basmati rice is saatvic or pure: highly nourishing and easy to digest. Brown Basmati rice is produced when only the outermost husk is removed; this leaves the highly nutritious germ and bran, that are milled away in "white" rice, intact. Brown rice is much higher in nutrients than white rice, while low in calories, and is considered one of the healthiest whole grain foods. Each 1/2 cup of brown rice is equal to 1 serving of whole grains. Brown rice is rich in fiber, beneficial plant lignans, essential fatty acids and a range of phytonutrients that help protect against disease. Brown rice also contains vitamins and minerals including magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, iron and B-vitamins. Brown rice is a naturally gluten-free, cholesterol-free food. Tasty Tips and Storage Basmati rice can be used in most recipes. However, it's not recommended for dishes such as risotto or paella that are best suited for short grain rice varieties which yield a creamy texture. Basmati makes impressive pilafs, and pairs well with spices, nuts, dried fruits, vegetables and herbs. To cook brown rice, use 2 cups water or broth for one cup of rice. Rinse the rice, place the rice and water in a saucepan with a tight-fitting cover. Coconut or olive oil or butter can also be added. Bring uncovered to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce heat to the lowest simmer setting. Do not remove the pot lid while the rice is cooking. Cook for 30 minutes to an hour (average time: 45 minutes), until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and season as desired. Cooked rice will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.