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Ghee Rice

Course Main Dish - Rice
Cuisine South Indian
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Party, Weekend Special
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Basics for Cooking
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Srivalli


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1.5 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • Salt to taste

Whole Spices

  • 1 Bay Leaf big
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 inch Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Cardamom


How to make Ghee Rice

  • Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a pan with ghee. Sauté the whole spices. Then, add the drained rice. Sauté well in the ghee. Add water, and salt. Let it boil.
  • Cover with lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Check in between once to mix it well. Then, again cook with the lid covered. Once it’s cooked, switch off the flame and the rice can remain in the pan for 5 more minutes. This way the rice gets done well. Replacing 1/2 cup of water with diluted coconut milk will increase the flavor.


When you are cooking Basmati rice, it’s normally advised to handle with care. It can be washed maximum once or twice. And soaked in the same water you are going to cook.
When cooking, it has be to sautéed very gently so that you don't end up breaking the long grains.
When cooking for fried rice, the rice has to be cooled to get the grains separated. This can be done by sprinkling a tsp of cooking oil/ghee.
Apart from these spices other whole spices like mace, star anise etc., can also be used.
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