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The Fragrant & Flavorful : Ghee Rice recipe.

So, picture this: you've got a plate of piping hot ghee rice in front of you, and the aroma is making your mouth water. Ghee rice is like a superstar among rice dishes, with its buttery, fragrant flavors that can transport you to food heaven. 

Ghee rice is a fragrant and flavorful rice dish that originates from South India. It is a simple yet delicious recipe that showcases the rich taste of ghee (clarified butter) combined with aromatic spices. Ghee rice is often served as a main course or as a side dish to accompany various non veg curries, grilled meats, dhal fry or vegetable dishes.

Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with other dishes, ghee rice offers a comforting and flavorful experience. Its versatility makes it suitable for various occasions, from everyday meals to festive gatherings. Try this classic South Indian recipe and savor the delightful combination of ghee and spices in every bite.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Jeera/Basmati rice
  • 4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 3-4 cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Cashew 6-7
  • 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons carrot, finely chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

1.     Rinse the Jeera/Basmati rice in cold water until the water runs clear. If using Basmati rice, soak it in water for about 30 minutes, and then drain it.

2.     In a large pot or saucepan or pressure cooker, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods, and bay leaves to the ghee and sauté them for about a minute until fragrant.

3.     Add the cashew nuts to the pot and sauté them until they turn golden brown. Remove the cashews from the pot and set them aside for garnish later.

4.     In the same pot, add the sliced onions to the pot and cook until they turn golden brown. Stir occasionally to ensure they cook evenly.

5.     Once the onions are caramelized, add the cumin seeds, finely chopped ginger, and finely chopped carrot to the pot. Stir them for about a minute to allow the flavors to meld.

6.     Now, add the drained rice to the pot and gently stir it with the other ingredients for a couple of minutes, ensuring that the rice is coated evenly with the ghee and spices.

7.     Pour in the water and season with salt according to your taste. Give it a stir and bring the mixture to a boil.

8.     Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the rice is cooked and the water is absorbed. Avoid stirring the rice during this time to prevent it from becoming sticky. If using a pressure cooker, allow it to cook for 2 whistles.

9.     After the cooking time, turn off the heat and let the rice sit covered for an additional 5 minutes to steam.

10.Fluff the rice gently with a fork to separate the grains.

11. Serve the ghee rice hot, garnished with fresh coriander leaves if desired. It pairs well with various non-veg curries, grilled meats, dhal fry or vegetable dishes.

Enjoy your flavorful ghee rice!

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