Monday, October 1, 2012

Eat Basmati Rice Daily! The Basmati Rice Fragrant Leaves Plant

Fragrant Basmati Rice Plant
 Eat Basmati rice daily, yes it is true. After planting this lovely easy growing basmati rice plant veg and non veg pulaos are never the same!Even all rice dishes go fragrant when we use the leaves of Basmati rice leaf plant. The Basmati rice leaf plant is just like an ordinary grass and looks similar to rajni gandha or herbal tea leaves, lemon grass plant.
Close up of Roots in Basmati Rice Plant
An easy growing  plant this does not require much care and grows like wild once rooted. Requires less water and is happy in  a shaded corner of your garden or window sill. The name as suggests comes from the fresh basmati fragrance the leaves emit when they are steamed and sued in cooking.
The basmati rice plant is not original rice plant but has got its name from the fragrance similar to basmati rice.The plant develops roots from below and sides of each sapling and can be planted as new basmati rice plants. The basmati rice plant leaves are a fresh green and very soothing to the eyes.The leaves themselves do not have any fragrance and only with heat they will start giving out the basmati rice fragrance. In summer afternoons when the plant leaves turn brown due to sunlight the whole garden becomes fragrant of basmati rice fragrance.
How to use basmati rice leaves- the right technique is very important and as you smell the leaves directly you will not get any smell and this looks also like any other grass plant. Like you use dry spices and condiments this plant leaves also can be added when frying in oil the onions or best in rice dishes when the pulao or biryani is nearly cooked and kept for few minutes under steam finally you add the leaves in the rice dish, stir well and then close the lid and cook on slow heat. Then begins the fragrance that will not only spread into your home but also in your whole premises. Enjoy Basmati rice daily!

29 comments:

  1. Really!! I did not know about this plant. Thank you for sharing. Where can I get a sapling please?

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  2. Viyaya, don't worry i have many will share

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  3. Hi, your blog has been very helpful! I would like to get a sapling of this plant for my house, would you be able to guide me where I can find this in Hyderabad? - Shalaka

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  4. hi, cn u plz tel me the botanical name of the plant and also its common name

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  5. Hi pri2, the common name as nursery people say is basmati ka plant, as for botanical name am not sure, maybe in the list of herb plants, will find out.

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    1. This is Called in Pandan in malaysia,Singapore & Thailand. which famous already over there.

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    2. Thank you Ameen for sharing this information on garden care simplified.
      Take Care and All the Best! Do keep sharing!
      Have a Great New Year Ahead!

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  6. very interesting. iwould like to grow this plant in my farm. can any one tell me where i will get the cuttings for propagation.
    Ramaraj

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    1. Thanks Ramaraj for coming by garden care simplified.
      This plant grows baby plants from side ways of the mother plant. You may enquire in your local nursery , yes it has great fragrance when cooked!

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  7. just a good way to use leftover basmati rice... thanks!

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  8. Thank you Albert for coming by Garden Care Simplified , All the Best!

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  9. i stay in mumbai. i tried few nurseries but could not find this plant where can i get this can you please guide.

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  10. ADI thank you for coming by Garden Care Simplified, this plant amy be available in Thane nurseries, try majiwada circle nursery, the plant looks like green grass and does not have fargrance, only when the leaves are exposed to sun then they start emitting the fragrance fo basmati rice.
    Hope you find this soon.
    Thanks and Take care!
    www.razarts.com

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  11. Does this plant if used excessively in food causes cancer???

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  12. Hello Anonymous ,welcome to Garden Care Simplified.
    I do not know the medical aspects of this plant but I have this since many years, and many houses I have also seen, and use it occasionally to flavor rice during festivals and special invites.
    do you have any info about tests done or experiments, , do share.
    Hope this helps, take care form rizwana!
    www.razarts.com

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  13. Hi do you have any idea where i can find this plant in hyderabad??? I know about this plant but I'm not able to find it here...it would be great if you can let me know where in hyderabad I can buy this... Thanks in advance

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  14. Hi do you have any idea where i can find this plant in hyderabad??? I know about this plant but I'm not able to find it here...it would be great if you can let me know where in hyderabad I can buy this... Thanks in advance

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  15. Let Us Cook that, What an Awesum name! I am sorry I will not be able to help out here! You can check out in local plant nurseries or maybe I am sure someone in your neighborhood may have this and would be willing to share,as this grows profusely!
    All the Best from Rizwana!

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  16. How do I recognise the plant? I have seen so many plants in and around the city and I am confused now:-(

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  17. How do I recognise the plant? I have seen so many plants in and around the city and I am confused now:-(

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    1. Oh yes, this is tricky as the plant looks a lot like so many other plants, buy from a reputed source, if the plant leaves dry under scorching sun there is fragrance emitted, this one can be done,but green leaves of plant do not usually have fragrance.

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  18. hi Rizwana, amy idea where i can source it in Bangalore? This is for a biodiversity pond we, a citizens group, are making.
    It would be very helpful. Do like our page . Do like our page https://www.facebook.com/gubbalalahasirudala/

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  19. hi Rizwana, amy idea where i can source it in Bangalore? This is for a biodiversity pond we, a citizens group, are making.
    It would be very helpful. Do like our page . Do like our page https://www.facebook.com/gubbalalahasirudala/

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  20. hi Rizwana, any idea where i can source it in Bangalore? This is for a biodiversity pond we, a citizens group, are making.
    It would be very helpful. My maild id : 'greeniceaqua@gmail.com'
    Do like our page . Do like our page https://www.facebook.com/gubbalalahasirudala/

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  21. Hi , Oh that's Awesum , Biodiversity pond, yes sure will check out your page . You will have to check it in local plant nurseries, I am sure Bangalore is a haven for so many unique plants, you will surely find it!All the Best from Rizwana!

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  22. I'm desperately looking for pandan leaves. Where I can get in Bangalore?

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  23. I'm desperately looking for pandan leaves. Where I can get in Bangalore?

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    1. Oh yes I understand Kavitha, me too when I love some palnt, I am sure you will find it Bangalore has so many plant nurseries and maybe in your neighborhood also, as the plant gives out so many babies, they would be happy to share!Hope you get one soon, All the Best Kavitha from Rizwana!

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