Basmati The long, aging grain Basmati is among the most sought-after culinary offerings from India for the rest of humanity. It is not widely known that the name for the variety comes from the Sanskrit word basmati, which means "aromatic". The fragrant variety with an earthy flavor is able to undergo extended cooking, an attribute that is useful for the preparation of the well-known dish, biryani. Basmati and succulent meat/ moist seafood and fresh vegetables, all flavored with carefully chosen spices and herbs, makes an amazing one-pot meal! Because the grains are able to withstand the long cooking process they absorb every flavor of the pan.