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The Key Preparation Difference Between Basmati And Jasmine Rice
By Camryn Teder
Jasmine and basmati rice both share a similar look, texture, and taste, but there are slight differences between the two that are important to note. Most people don't realize there's a whole different method to cooking basmati rice versus jasmine, and it's a change that could make or break the taste and texture.
Jasmine rice's rich levels of starch contain more amylopectin, a molecule that helps rice cling together, while basmati rice contains an excess of amylose, which lets the rice keep its individual shape. Since one of the biggest differences between these two varieties is their unique textures and shape, it's important to prep them right so you can properly satisfy your palate.
Rinsing both kinds of rice can remove starch and prevent clumping, but it’s important to remember that basmati rice has a harder texture. As a result, you should soak basmati rice in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking, while jasmine rice is soft already and doesn’t need this extra step.