Ghee Rice or Ney Choru
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
  • Basmati Rice, washed in water and drained well- 2 cups
  • Water- 4 cups
  • Onion, large cut thin lengthwise- 1
  • Bay leaves, fresh or dry- 2
  • Ghee- 4 tbsp
  • Salt- ¾ tsp
To Grind
  • Fresh ginger, chopped- 1 inch slice
  • Fresh garlic chopped-3 cloves
  • Green chilies, chopped- 3
  • Whole cardamom-2
  • Whole cloves-2
  • Cinnamon- 1 inch slice
Other ingredients
  • Onions, cut thin lengthwise- 2
  • Vegetable oil- enough for frying onion
  • Cashew nuts- 10
  • Raisins, roasted in 1 tsp ghee- 1 tbsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- to garnish
  1. Grind the above mentioned ingredients 'to grind' in a blender and keep aside.
  2. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add the ghee.
  3. To the ghee, add the onions, salt, bay leaves, saute until the onions turn translucent.
  4. Add the ground mixture, saute until the raw smell of the ginger/garlic goes away- about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the rice to this and saute in ghee for about 3 to 4 minutes. Don't brown or over roast the rice.
  6. Add 4 cups water.
  7. Cover the saucepan with its lid and cook for 20 minutes till the water has dried off.
  8. Open the lid, using a spatula give the rice a mix and keep aside covered.
  9. Fry the onions in oil until golden brown and transfer to a paper towel.
  10. Roast cashew nuts in the oil used for frying onion until golden, keep aside in a paper towel.
  11. Roast Raisins in oil till it bubbles up, keep aside.
  12. Garnish the cooked rice with fried onions, roasted cashew nuts , roasted raisins and cilantro.
  13. Keep covered for a few more minutes.
  14. Serve warm with your favorite veg or non-veg dish.
Cooking in a rice cooker
  1. After the rice is roasted in ghee-onion/ginger/garlic/green chilies mixture, transfer the roasted rice into a rice cooker pot.
  2. Rinse the saucepan in which rice is roasted with 1 cup water and add this water to the rice, along with the 2½ cups water. In rice cooker you only need 3½ cups water for 2 cups rice.
  3. Cover the rice cooker pot with its lid and turn on the rice cooker, let cook.
  4. After the rice has cooked well, combine the rice using a spatula.
  5. Garnish with fried onions, roasted cashew nuts, raisins and cilantro.
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