Five differences between jasmine rice and basmati rice

Under fragrant rice, basmati and jasmine rice are famous varieties to customers because they have an impressive aroma. In addition, jasmine rice is put in comparison with basmati to discover differences between them. 

People usually find it difficult to distinguish jasmine rice from basmati because they have similar features.

  • Jasmine and basmati rice belong to long-grain fragrant rice
  • Jasmine and basmati rice have white and brown versions
  • Jasmine and basmati rice taste nutty, which are suitable for Asia cuisine

People usually find it difficult to distinguish jasmine rice from basmati

However, jasmine rice is different from basmati rice in 5 features including origin, grain shape, texture, nutrition, and use.


Jasmine rice is native to Thailand, which is known as Hom Mali rice. Jasmine rice grows in a humid climate; therefore Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia are major countries producing this rice. Many dishes in Southeast Asia are made from jasmine rice such as pad thai or shrimp curry.


Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia are major countries producing Jasmine rice

Basmati is mainly from the foothills of the Himalayas in India and Pakistan, which have a subtropical climate. Basmati is the main ingredient in Moroccan and Arab cuisine. 


Basmati is mainly from India and Pakistan

Grain shape

Basmati rice and jasmine rice are long grain types, but they are slightly different in terms of grain shape. While jasmine rice grain is short (about 7mm) and round at the tip, basmati rice is longer (9 mm) and has a sharp tip.


Jasmine rice grain is short (about 7mm) and round at the tip


Basmati rice is longer (9 mm) and has a sharp tip

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After cooking, basmati rice grains elongate twice their size, carrying a dry and fluffy texture. However, jasmine rice cooks up sticky and moist, suitable for Chinese rice soup.


Basmati and Jasmine rice texture


Even though both jasmine rice and basmati are rich in nutrition, the number of specific nutrients such as calories and carbohydrates in each rice is not the same. 

  • Calories: While a 140 g serving of jasmine rice contains 238 calories, 140 grams of basmati consists of only 191 calories
  • Carbohydrates: Jasmine rice carries 45g of carbohydrates, more than basmati rice with nearly 40g.
  • Iron: Basmati rice is richer in iron than jasmine rice when white basmati rice has 2% and brown one has 4%. In contrast, no iron is found in white jasmine rice, and nearly 2% of it is contained in the brown version.
  • Glycemic index: Jasmine rice double basmati rice in terms of glycemic index, with 109 and 58 respectively. For people suffering from diabetes, basmati rice is the healthier choice rather than jasmine rice.

Basmati and Jasmine rice nutrition


Due to the stickiness, jasmine rice is used in Thai cuisines such as Thai red chicken curry, barbacoa, or rice pudding. In contrast, cooked basmati rice is fluffy so that it is suitable for Indian food such as pilaf, payesh, or chicken schezwan rice. 


Jasmine rice dishes


Basmati rice dishes

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