• Varieties of Basmati Rice Word " Basmati" has been derived from Sanskrit word " Bas" means "smell" and "Mati" for mind or sense, Basmati, therefore, signifies some thing fragrant to the sense. Basmati has special characteristics of aroma, flavor of the grain....
  • PK - 386 This is very similar to Basmati in structure, length range 6.3 to 7.10 mm and width from 1.5 mm to 1.6 mm. Elongation ratio on cooking is also similar to Basmati but it gives no Aroma and flavor.
  • Super Basmati This is the best quality of Basmati rice grown in Pakistan. This variety becomes ripe for harvesting with in 115-120 days i.e. in November of each year.
  • Basmati PK-198 This variety was cultivated in Pakistan in 1980, but after introducing Basmati-385 this variety was no longer grown in major quantity. However, from the year 2002 this has been cultivated in Sindh with the name of D-98. Some selected lots have aroma and ....
  • IRRI - 6 International Rice Research Institute has also evolved this variety. It is classified as long grain rice having the length of grain between 5.70 mm to 6.80 mm. It is non-aromatic variety. On cooking its elongation ratio is lower....
  • IRRI - 9 The word IRRI is abbreviation of International Rice Research Institute Situated in the Philippines. In 1980 Pakistani breeders by improving/crossing Irri-6 with Basmati rice has evolved Irri-9. In Pakistan different types of Irri-9 are available ranging....
  • Super Basmati This is the best quality of Basmati rice grown in Pakistan. This variety becomes ripe for harvesting with in 115-120 days i.e. in November of each year.
  • Super Basmati This is the best quality of Basmati rice grown in Pakistan. This variety becomes ripe for harvesting with in 115-120 days i.e. in November of each year.

1121 Basmati Rice

This is the top quality of Basmati rice now growing in Pakistan. This variety becomes ripe for harvesting in November of each year. After receiving paddy of this rice there is option to make Parboiled / Sela Rice, White Rice or Brown Rice. It is expensive in rates.

Characteristics
Average Length - 8.25 mm
Color - White.

Cooking Quality
On Cooking white 1121 rice gives strong aroma, good taste and softness. Parboiled /sela rice of such quality is steeped into water for 2 hrs before cooking where as white rice require only 25 minutes for steeping before cooking.


SUPER BASMATI RICE OR KERNAL BASMATI RICE

This is the best quality of Basmati rice grown in Pakistan. This variety becomes ripe for harvesting with in 115 - 120 days i.e. in November of each year. After receiving paddy of this rice there is option to make Parboiled / Sela Rice, White Rice or Brown Rice. It is expensive in rates.

Characteristics
Extra long grain having length from 6:8 mm to 7:88 mm and above.
Average Length - 7.20 mm
Width - 1.55 mm to 1.68 mm
L/W Ratio - 4.50
Color - White.

Cooking Quality
On Cooking white Super Basmati rice gives strong aroma, good taste and softness. Elongation ratio is about 2.00 can be identified with no thickness in width on Cooking. Parboiled /sela rice of such quality is steeped into water for 2 hrs before cooking where as white rice require only 20 minutes for steeping before cooking.

BASMATI - 385 RICE

It is Long Grain Basmati rice having length of 6.2 to 7.0 mm. This variety becomes ripe for harvesting within 105 - 110 days that is in mid October of each year. It is also expensive rice but competitively lesser than Super Basmati Rice.

Average Length - 6.85 mm
Width - 1.50mm to 1.60 mm
L/W Ratio - 4.36
Color - White.

Cooking Quality
Basmati-385 variety stands second after Super Basmati Rice in respect of aroma, flavor and taste. Elongation ratio on cooking is about 1.50 can be identified with no thickness in width on cooking.

PK-198 or D-98
This variety was cultivated in Pakistan in 1980, but after introducing Basmati - 385 this variety was no longer grown in major quantity. However, from the year 2002 this has been cultivated in Sindh with the name of D-98. Some selected lots have aroma and bear characteristic of Basmati rice. It is expensive but little bit lesser than Basmati-385.

Average Length - 6.20 to 6.90 mm
Width - 1.65 mm to 1.80 mm
L/W Ratio - 4.36
Color - White.

BASMATI - 370

Basmati - 370 are no longer gown in Pakistan due to its lower yield per hector.

NON BASMATI RICE
These varieties become ripe for harvesting within 90 days in the field.

  • SUPER FINE RICE
  • 1121 PARBOILED RICE
  • PK-386 RICE (Red Paddy and White Paddy Grain)
  • IRRI-9 RICE
  • KS-282
  • IRRI-6 RICE

Super Fine Rice
This is very similar to Super Basmati in structure. This variety is generally used in mixing with Super Basmati Rice to reduce the prices of Basmati rice.On cooking elongation ratio is not encouraging.
Average Length - 6.80 to 8.00 mm
Width - 1.55 mm to 1.60 mm
Color - White.