What Does Jasmine Rice Taste Like?


Quick Answer: What Does Jasmine Rice Taste Like? 

Jasmine rice has a unique glutinous, sweet and nutty flavor along with the fragrance of aromatic flowers. This flavor has also been compared to that of buttered popcorn, flaky and delicate to the palette, but not like the jasmine flower in any way. 

This is a detailed guide to help you understand what jasmine rice tastes like.

Allow me to take you on this taste journey. 

What is Jasmine Rice? 

Jasmine rice is a long-grained variety of aromatic rice grown majorly in Thailand and other South Asian countries of Vietnam, Laos, and, Cambodia.

Like any rice variety, jasmine rice can be savored as white rice and brown rice.

Also known as ‘fragrant rice’, it is rich in iron and can help in the production of red blood cells in the blood. 

One can cook jasmine rice in various ways, here is an instant pot jasmine rice recipe for you –

What Does Jasmine Rice Taste Like? 

Jasmine rice has an intoxicating buttery honeyed flavor with an eccentric nutty taste. Experienced food bloggers have also described it to taste like buttered popcorn, light yet flavorful. 

Regarding its name, jasmine rice is said to have the prominent aroma of the jasmine flower but that does not tend to overpower our senses.  White jasmine rice tends to be flaky and delightful, not soggy but the long grains may attach themselves based on the mode of preparation. 

Brown jasmine rice on the other hand is more fibrous and has a roasted flavor, delightful, and comparatively more nutritious. 

Serving for more than just one of the senses, this carbohydrate-providing crop tastes different to each person and what one decides to pair it with.

Why Does Jasmine Rice Taste Different?

The reason many claim jasmine rice to taste different from other variations of rice is because of its naturally occurring aroma that remains during the whole cooking process. 

A subtle floral essence is what makes it distinct. While tasting, it is suggested to not be paired with intensely flavored side dishes as that may overwhelm one’s palette.

Plain White jasmine rice has a smoky flavor often described as nutty by some.

What is The Texture of Jasmine Rice

jasmine rice gains are long-grained, nearly four times as long as its width. Cooked jasmine rice has a somewhat sweet flavor, and is soft and moist to touch. It is less sticky than glutinous rice but the grains tend to cling together once cooked.  

With this delicate texture, jasmine rice is enjoyed best in Asian cuisine.

White jasmine rice becomes soft and slightly sticky when cooked while Brown jasmine rice remains flaky and fibrous even when cooked.

Does Jasmine Rice Taste Good? 

Jasmine rice does have a uniquely satisfying taste with a nutty and gratifying flavor to it. Many have also compared its taste to that of buttery popcorn! 

Known vastly as aromatic rice, jasmine rice pleases our palate with its subtle floral scent and ability to mold in with light additional flavors of seafood and South-East Asian deserts.

Does Jasmine Rice Taste Different From Regular Rice?

Compared to regular rice, jasmine rice has its unique plant-like flavor produced while preparing it. Jasmine rice also tends to be less sticker than regular white rice and is much thinner and longer in texture. 

Cooked jasmine rice is said to be fluffier, in addition to its leafy fragrance and naturally sweet flavor, unlike regular white rice whose fragrance is mostly unnoticed but also tends to be sweetish.   

Here are some healthy facts about jasmine rice.

Does Jasmine Rice Taste like Jasmine? 

jasmine rice certainly does not taste like the fragrant jasmine flower. However, it does have the underlying subtle jasmine or generally floral aroma which helps us perceive the taste as slightly floral and blossomy. 

In fact, jasmine rice derives its name not, from its taste or smell but from its color which varies from red, purple and black.  

Does Jasmine Rice Taste Like Perfume? 

No, jasmine rice neither tastes nor smells like perfume. It has the distinct flavor of pandan leaves and that of nuts and popcorn. 

 The chemical  2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (2AP) is what contributes to the flavor of jasmine rice and what gives it the buttery essence. 

The chemical is present in the rice stalks during production and is enhanced when cooking.  

Why Does Jasmine Rice Smell bad?

Jasmine rice does not have any unpleasant odor unless it has turned bad. In this case, it is best to be discarded. 

Uncooked jasmine rice has an indefinite shelf-life of several months while cooked jasmine rice lasts up to six months inside a refrigerator. 

An unpleasant or pungent odor and taste would mean that the rice has expired and is no longer edible.

How to Make Jasmine Rice Taste Better? 

The nutty and sweetish flavor of jasmine rice can be exaggerated by toasting it in olive oil, butter, or, peanut oil which would enhance the nutty relish. 

More ways to make your rice taste even better are adding small amounts of cumin, turmeric, and, cinnamon to add to the sweetness bit of spice.  

You could also enhance the flavors by adding in some of your favorite aromatic condiments like garlic, clove, and cilantro.

Does jasmine rice Have a Strong Taste?

Jasmine rice does not have any strong flavor and is hence perfect to be paired with South-East Asian delicacies. It has the most prominent yet subtle aroma of wildflowers and of butter.

Platters of seafood, bird-meat are known to be the best pairs with jasmine rice as they enhance the existing flavors of the rice providing us with a bit of enjoyable heaven each time.   

In The End

I hope this descriptive guide helped you get a taste of jasmine rice.

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About Barbara Foster

Barbara is a traveler who has traveled to more than 25 countries. She loves the variety of food she gets to experience on her trips and maintains detailed journals of her travels which she plans to publish as a book someday. She loves to bake. Her favorite cuisines are Italian, French, and Mexican.