Food & Nutrition

The best basmati rice we’ve bought & cooked

Published by Finn Hayden

Across the world, billions of people eat rice every single day, and it's no surprise really - it's amazing. Not only is rice very cheap to buy, but it's also filling, healthy and tasty.

There are lots of different types of rice that you can buy, but Basmati rice is easily one of the most popular. Basmati rice is more aromatic than normal white rice, and it's also a long grain rice. This aromatic flavour makes it a popular type of rice to serve alongside South Asian curries.

There are lots of options out there when it comes to basmati rice, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best basmati rice that you can buy in the UK. Let's get into it:


Kohinoor Gold

Every grain of rice in a bag of Kohinoor Gold has come from the foothills of the Himalayas, where the water which grows the rice comes from melted snow. We love that you can buy this excellent basmati rice in large 1kg bags,

Once cooked, we found this basmati rice to have a lovely fluffy texture, and it worked perfectly as the base of a curry. Learn more and buy it here -

Kohinoor Gold basmati rice

Laila Xtra Long

If you want great basmati rice for a biryani-type dish then the Laila Xtra Long basmati rice is an excellent choice - as the name suggests, it's extra long in length and the grains used to make the rice are aged which helps to intensify the flavour. So even if you're using this basmati rice for a more simple dish, you'll get lots of taste. Learn more and buy it here -
Laila Xtra Long basmati rice


The basmati rice from Trophy is aged for a minimum of 1 year, which according to the team at Trophy helps to bring out the real characteristics of the grains. Each of the rice grains has an average length of about 7.3 mm, so they're quite long. Once cooked, this basmati rice from Trophy is very fluffy, and it's also not sticky at all. We felt like this basmati rice almost had a melt-in-the-mouth texture. Learn more and buy it here -
Trophy basmati rice

Akash Gold

The team at Akash is very precise about where they select their basmati rice from - it all comes from the Punjab valleys. It is thought that the rice which grows in this damper climate is of a superior quality to basmati rice which is grown in other parts of the Himalayas. That is not for us to say, but we'd certainly say that the Akash Gold basmati rice is delicious and among the best we tried for this guide. Learn more and buy it here -
Akash Gold basmati rice

Tilda Pure Basmati

We'd say of all the basmati rice brands that we've included in this list, you've probably most likely heard of Tilda before - this rice brand has a very popular range of microwave rice which includes everything from wild rice to coconut rice. But it's the basmati rice that we love the most from the Tilda range. It's proper basmati rice from the Himalayas, and once cooked you get a lot of aroma and it's lovely and fluffy. Learn more and buy it here -
Tilda Pure Basmati


The basmati rice from the Badshah brand is about as authentic as you can get - it's sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas, and the rice is slender which makes it perfect for curries. The rice grains are aged and we find this basmati rice to be very aromatic and to have lots of flavour. We were also very impressed to see that this basmati rice has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from more than 200 reviews on Amazon. Learn more and buy it here -
We hope this guide helps you to find some delicious basmati rice. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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