Fragrance of India

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That wonderful aroma that is so familiar with Basmati is due to the natural chemical 2-acetyl-1-pyroline that is found in all rices, but is found in higher concentrations in Basmati.



  1. Wash rice thoroughly under tap, removing starch.
  2. Soak rice in cold water for 30 minutes, then drain.
  3. Bring water to boil and stir in rice, simmering for 5 minutes, drain off water and add curry and salt.
  4. Let rice stand for 5 minutes and fluff gently with fork.

Yields 3 cups of cooked rice.

Recipe reprinted with permission from