Q&A Karan A Chanana & Basmati Rice

Karan A Chanana at Gulf Foods, UAE

What is Basmati rice?

Basmati is a long grain variant of rice, native to Northern India and Pakistan. Basmati is widely regarded as the golden standard of rice and is renowned for its soft, fluffy texture and distinctive fragrant aroma.

Is Basmati rice healthy?

Basmati is extremely healthy. As a carbohydrate, it is a great source of energy and is low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. Basmati is also a great option for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes, as its low Glycaemic Index (G.I.) of around 52, means that it releases glucose into the bloodstream more slowly.

Where does Basmati rice originate from?

Basmati rice is native to North India and Pakistan and is mainly grown in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

What is your favourite rice dish?

Hyderabad Biryani, it is a one-pot dish in which rice is seasoned with a variety of aromatic spices and mixed with meat, fish or vegetables. What sets Hyderabad Biryani apart from other variations of biryani, is that the ingredients are meticulously selected, utilising a wide variety of rich and aromatic spices, giving the dish a full flavour that few others can match.

When was the Amira Group founded?

The company that grew to become the Amira Group was founded 100 years ago in 1915 by my Great Grandfather Lala B.D. Chanana as an agro-commodities trading house and has been managed by the Chanana family ever since.

How long have you been Chairman of the Amira Group?

While the Amira Group has been an essential part of my heritage since my birth and I have been involved in the company in a variety of roles for several years, I officially became Chairman in 2006.