Ghee rice is typically made in northern Kerala and Malabar Ghee rice is a very popular base for chicken curry and mutton curry.  Ghee rice is also served at weddings and used with biryani masala.  I tasted ghee rice for the first time at a wedding and immediately loved its flavor and simplicity.  You can make ghee rice very easily with few ingredients and steps. 

Here is a simple and quick recipe for ghee rice that doesn’t need a lot of ingredients.  It is completely flexible and you can customize it with any spices you want or whatever is available in your stock. 


Serves 2

Ingredients for Ghee Rice:

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Chopped onion – 1 small

Cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Peppercorns – 1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp (optional)

Coriander/cilantro leaves – a bunch

How to make Ghee Rice:

1. Wash and rinse the rice and keep it soaked in some water for 30 minutes.

2. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and lightly fry the onions, cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns. I also added ginger garlic paste for some flavor.

3. Add the soaked rice and fry for a minute. Add 2 cups of water, close the cooker and cook for one whistle.

4. Once the pressure has left the cooker, transfer to a bowl, serve with chopped cilantro, and serve hot with raita, pickle, and papad.

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