The battle over basmati rice: why India and Pakistan may both claim the trademark

At an Indian restaurant in Amsterdam, Peter Hoffman, a German who works in logistics in the Netherlands, looks forward to his weekly meal. He orders yellow dal (lentils), fragrant, steamed basmati rice and aloo jeera (potato curry) – comfort food at its best.“I just love the steamed basmati rice which is so fragrant and tastes divine with a simple yellow dal-though there are fancier dishes that one can have, this simple food appeals to me every time,” he says.Little known to him, the long grain…


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