Skip to content

Is Basmati Rice Gluten Free?

  • Amy 

Is Basmati Rice Gluten Free?

Yes, basmati rice is gluten free. It has been certified by Gluten Free Certification Organization as gluten free.

Basmati rice contains no wheat, barley, or rye.

Basmati Rice is one of the oldest types of rice out there. This has been used for centuries to make some of the best dishes in India.

Some of these dishes include dal makhani, chana masala, and butter chicken. People with celiac disease are safe to eat this type of rice because it does not contain any cross contamination from other grains.

Gluten contamination is a problem that can occur when people cook food on the same stovetop where they have previously cooked breaded foods.

Is rice gluten-free?

There are many varieties of rice you can buy at your local grocery store. Some of them may be labeled “gluten-free” but they do not have to be.

Rice is naturally gluten-free. However, if you want to make sure that your rice is truly gluten-free, look for the following:

  • Certified Gluten-Free by Gluten-Free Certification Organization
  • Gluten-Free Certified by
  • The GFCO website also provides information about which brands

Millions of people are living their lives without knowing that they have an intolerance to gluten. If you suffer from Celiac Disease, you need to know what foods are safe for you to consume.

If you have celiac disease, you should avoid all forms of wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt, kamut, durum, semolina, farina, gram flour, malt, malted milk, malt flavoring, malt vinegar, malt syrup, and starch.

What types of rice are gluten-free?

  • White rice

White rice is the most common form of gluten-free rice products. Here in the UK, we call white rice plain rice.

  • Plain rice

Plain rice varieties are almost the same as white rice. The only difference between the two is the color. Plain rice comes in light brown, medium brown, and dark brown colors.

  • Brown rice

This whole grain brown rice doesn’t contain any harmful diseases. And this type of rice is a good gluten-free diet option. Brown rice is high in fiber and low in calories.

  • Wild rice

This type of rice is good to pair up with a simple, one-pot meal. Wild rice is rich in iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B1, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin C.

  • Glutinous rice

The glutinous rice is a sticky rice variety. It’s very popular in Asian cuisine.

Glutinous rice is made from rice that was soaked in water containing enzymes that cause the rice to swell and become sticky.

Sticky rice is more nutritious than regular rice. It is higher in protein and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, sodium, and magnesium.

  • Black rice

This type of rice is labeled as high qualities of rice. Black rice contains anthocyanins, antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cancer. Black rice is also known to lower cholesterol levels.

It is also rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K.

  • Jasmine rice

This type of sweet rice is very common in Thai cuisine. Jasmine rice has a delicate flavor and aroma.

  • Mahatma rice

This rice has zero presence of gluten, making it perfect for those who are allergic to gluten. Mahatma rice is grown using organic methods.

  • Pilau brown rice

This rice is used in many cooking techniques. Pilau rice is cooked like risotto. This rice is packed with nutrients.

  • Thai lime & herb rice

The famous rice cooking process in Thailand is called “Khao Pad See Wan”. In this method, the rice is first steamed then stir-fried until tender.

Then the rice is mixed with fresh herbs and lime juice.

5 Types of rice that are not gluten free

1. Sushi rice

2. Boiled rice

3. Instant rice mixes

4. Cuban Rice, Saffron Rice, Risotto & Paella

The type of rice listed above is all non-gluten-free rice varieties. People with coeliac disease must stay away from these rice because they can be contaminated by gluten.

Oftentimes people confuse sushi rice with regular rice. But there is no cross contamination in sushi rice.

So if you’re looking for a bowl of safe rice to eat, stick to sushi rice. Sushi rice is short grain rice which means that it cooks faster than long grain rice.

This type of rice is often served at breakfast or lunchtime. Boiling rice is an easy and quick way to cook rice.

These instant rice mixes are ready to use. They come with a pre-measured amount of rice and seasoning.

These mixes are great for busy people who don’t want to spend much time preparing their meals.

How to cook gluten free rice?

Rice is one of the easiest vegetables to cook. All you need is water, salt, and rice.

Just follow these basic instructions:

1. Bring three cups of water to a boil.

2. Add two tablespoons of salt.

3. Stir until salt dissolves.

4. Turn heat off.

5. Place rice into a pot of boiling water.

Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, then let stand 10 minutes before serving. 

Is fried rice gluten-free?

Yes. If you follow a gluten-free diet, it will probably help prevent some intestinal symptoms (such as gas).

But if you don’t want to cut out all grains, fried rice should be fine too. It’s made without wheat so it won’t affect those who avoid gluten.

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published.


Amy Toliver

Hey'all I'm Amy, a born foodie and diagnosed with celiac disease 7 years ago. I refused to cave into tasteless, boring gulten free food and create my own! On my blog you'll find info & cool facts along with recipes, all on gluten free foods!