Ghee Rice, also known as Nechoru or Nei Choru, is a delicious South Indian dish famous for its rich aroma, nutty flavor and butter-like texture. This classic rice recipe has stood the test of time, making it a favorite among foodies. The main ingredient that sets Ghee Rice apart is, undoubtedly, the scrumptious clarified butter, Ghee. With aromatic spices and long-grain basmati rice, ghee rice is a delicious dish that can elevate any meal to new heights. In this blog post, we will guide you through the simple steps to prepare this heavenly ghee rice in your own kitchen.
1 cup long grain basmati rice
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2-3 green cardamom
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup raisins
2 cups water
salt to taste
Step 1: Wash and soak the rice
Wash the basmati rice under cold running water till the water runs clear.
Then, soak the rice in water for about 20-30 minutes. This step ensures that the rice grains cook evenly and become puffy.
Step 2: Roast the Aromatic Spices
In a large heavy-bottomed pot or rice cooker, heat ghee over medium heat.
Add cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and star anise. Fry them for a minute or till the spices release their aromatic aroma.
Step 3: Seed and Chop the Onion
– Put cumin and fennel in the pot. Stir them till they start to crackle and release their flavour. Now add thinly sliced onions and fry till they turn golden brown, giving the rice a lovely sweet flavor.
Step 4: Toast the Nuts and Raisins
Mix cashews and raisins. Keep roasting them till the cashews turn golden and the raisins swell. This step adds a delicious crunchiness and sweetness to the ghee rice.
Step 5: Add Rice and Water
The soaked rice should be sieved and placed in a container.
Stir gently to mix it with the spices and ghee, allowing the rice to absorb the flavours. Add 2 cups of water and add salt as per your taste.
Step 6: Cook the Ghee Rice
Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it starts boiling, lower the flame, cover the vessel with a tight-fitting lid, and cook it for about 15-20 minutes or till the rice is fully cooked and the water is completely absorbed Let it cook.
Step 7: Let It Rest
Once the rice is cooked, switch off the flame and leave it like this for a few minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld and the rice grains to puff up further.
Step 8: Serve and Taste
It’s time to serve the ghee rice. You may want to add more fried cashews and raisins as a garnish. This dish pairs beautifully with a variety of gravies, curries, or even a straightforward curd raita. It is fragrant and flavorful.
Enjoy the delectable taste of Ghee Rice and let your taste buds embark on a culinary journey better than ever. This classic South Indian dish is the epitome of comfort and satisfaction, making it an ideal addition to your list of dishes.
With just a few basic ingredients and a touch of love, you can recreate the magic of ghee rice in the comfort of your own kitchen. So, put on your apron, gather your spices, and set out on this gastronomic adventure that’s sure to delight your senses and make your guests ask for seconds! Happy Cooking!