India is one of the major growers of basmati and nonbasmati (indigenous) groups of aromatic rice. The nonbasmati rice is grown in almost all parts of the country (Singh et al 2000). With the growing demand for aromatic rice in the international market, emphasis is being placed on breeding for the long slender basmati class of rice. No major attention is given to nonbasmati rice, although some nonbasmati varieties may be superior to or on a par with basmati rice varieties in quality traits. Because of the better milling yield, aroma, kernel elongation, and taste of these indigenous varieties, their market demand is higher in India as well as in neighboring countries.