Cooking with long grain rice
Long grain rice has long slender kernels which remain firm, separate and retain their shape after cooking. Regular long grain rice expands both in length and width when cooked will typically be used as a side dish or in those dishes where it is preferable for rice to remain firm, such as kedgeree or biryani.
Basmati is a type of long grain rice and is a protected variety which can only be grown in certain regions in India and Pakistan. 73% of the basmati rice in the UK is grown in India.