In India two main types of rice are used to accompany curries. The rice chosen will depend on the region, the dish and the occasion. Basmati rice, the most superior, is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas in India and Pakistan. It is served on special occasions because of its lovely aromatic flavor.
All-purpose long-grain rice, usually the patna variety, is used in many Indian dishes where herbs, spices and other flavorings may be added to the rice for extra flavor. Whenever possible, spend a little more and use basmati rice, which is available in both brown and white varieties.
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