Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ghee Rice

Ghee rice or nei choru is a speciality from the malabar region of Kerala. It's generally served with a spicy kurma, mainly non veg. I made this yesterday and served with vegetable and tomato kurma. The name is self explanatory that it uses ghee, but i did some swap with vegetable oil instead of all ghee.
I used my time trusted pressure cooker to make this rice, but is usually made on stove top. I had some friends over and we all thoroughly enjoyed this rice dish.

Get Ready:

  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 4 1/4 cup water
  • 1 big red onion thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 6 tsp ghee
  • 3 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 or 1 & 1/2  inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 star anise
  • A pinch of sugar




For garnish
1/3 cup cashews
1/3 cup golden raisins



  • Wash and soak the rice for 20 mins. after 20 mins drain the water and set aside
  • In a deep pan, add 3 tsp of ghee and 1 tsp of oil and fry the cashews till golden and set aside.
  • Now fry the raisins till plump and set aside
  • Add about 1/2 cup of the thinly sliced onions and fry till translucent.
( add some oil if needed)
  • Now add a pinch of sugar to caramalize them and fry till brown. set aside this is for the garnish.
  • In a pressure cooker or heavy bottomed pan, add the remaining ghee and oil.
  • Once oil is hot add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, staranise and let it splutter.
  • Add to the remaining sliced onion and fry till pink.
  • Add the garlic and saute for a few mins till nice and fragrant.
  • add the rice and fry till they are pink and opaque.
  • Add water, salt to taste, mix well.
  • Cover the pressure cooker and let it cook for 2 whistles and turn the heat off. take it off the stove.
  • if you are cooking on a stove top, let the rice boil for 5 mins, simmer and cover and cook till the grains are done. fluff them in between.
  • Once the pressure is released, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the cashes, raisins and caramalized onions.
I served with some cucumber slices  ( may be went a bit over the top) and kuruma.

Had a wonderful evening with friends and food !


  1. looks very tempting priya.. nice presentation. am sure it tasted great..

  2. Wat a beautiful presentation, wonderful looking ghee rice..

  3. It was truly delicious, Priya :)

  4. This looks quick, simple and delicious - perfect for a weeknight dinner!

    US Masala

  5. Ghee rice is my fav too..I am craving it right now..

  6. Flavorful rice,love ghee rice so much.

  7. What a delicious rice! Beautifully presented....

  8. Love d addition...this one's a keeper..
    Tasty Appetite

  9. Love this rice....looks delicious.


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