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butter rice recipe, how to make butter rice recipe | makhani chawal recipe

butter rice recipe with step by step photos – makhani chawal or buttered rice is a delicious variety of rice dish in the indian cuisine. i had chanced upon a few versions of butter rice recipe in the cookbooks i have. thereafter i started preparing my own version of this delicious and aromatic butter rice.

there are many ways butter rice can be made. this is an easy method to make butter rice. so when you want to give a makeover to the simple and plain steamed rice, then you can make this butter rice.

some more rice recipes that add a lot of flavor to an indian meal are ghee rice, garam masala rice, jeera rice, cashew pulao, saffron rice, masala rice and nei choru (kerala ghee rice). so when you want to perk up a simple dal chawal meal or rajma chawal meal, then you can prepare these rice recipe varieties.

this makhani chawal recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled. i have used unsalted white butter (makhan). you can even use salted butter or yellow butter.

serve butter rice with any north indian dal like dal makhani, dal fry, dal tadka or gravy of your choice like paneer butter masala, kadai mushroom, punjabi dum aloo, rajma masala or kadai paneer. while serving you can garnish makhani chawal with some chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves.

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makhani chawal recipe
prep time
30 mins
cook time
15 mins
total time
45 mins
 

butter rice recipe - makhani chawal or buttered rice is a delicious variety of rice dish in the indian cuisine.

course: main
cuisine: north indian
servings: 2
calories: 306 kcal
author: dassana amit
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoon butter - white or salted
  • 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 8 to 10 cashews (kaju) - OPTIONAL
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water OR add as required
  • salt as required
how to make recipe
soaking rice:
  1. rinse ½ cup basmati rice very well in water till the water runs clear of starch. 

  2. then soak rice in enough water for 30 minutes. 

  3. after 30 minutes drain all the water and keep the rice aside.

making butter rice:
  1. keep a thick bottomed pan on stove top. keep the flame to a low. add 2 tbsp white butter in the pan. 

  2. let the butter just melt.

  3. when the butter has almost finished melting, add the following whole spices - 1 small tej patta, ½ inch cinnamon, 2 cloves and 2 green cardamoms.

  4. then add 8 to 10 cashews. on a low flame saute the cashews.

  5. saute till the cashews turn a light golden or golden. you can skip cashews if you want or you can fry or roast cashews separately and then add them as garnish.

  6. now add the rice.

  7. gently stir and mix the rice with the butter and spices+cashews. the butter should coat the rice grains well.

  8. then add 1 to 1.25 cups water. depending on the quality of rice used, you can add less or more water.

  9. season with salt as per taste. keep a check on salt if using salted butter.

  10. mix well. check the taste of water and it should taste slightly salty.

  11. cover the pan with its lid and simmer butter rice on a low flame till the rice grains are tender and all the water is absorbed. you can check the rice at intervals and if required add some more water.

  12. once done, remove the lid and gently fluff the butter rice.

  13. serve butter rice with any north indian dal or gravy of your choice. you can garnish makhani chawal with some chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves.

recipe notes
  • recipe can be halved or doubled.
  • you can skip cashews or add your choice of dry fruits like almonds, pistachios or raisins. 
  • if you do not have butter, then you can use ghee instead. 

approximate nutrition info is per serving of butter rice

Nutrition Facts
makhani chawal recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Potassium 92mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


how to make butter rice recipe:

1. rinse ½ cup basmati rice very well in water till the water runs clear of starch. then soak rice in enough water for 30 minutes. after 30 minutes drain all the water and keep the rice aside.

2. keep a thick bottomed pan on stove top. keep the flame to a low. add 2 tablespoons white butter in the pan. you can also use salted butter.

3. let the butter just melt.

4. when the butter has almost finished melting, add the following whole spices – 1 small tej patta, ½ inch cinnamon, 2 cloves and 2 green cardamoms.

5. then add 8 to 10 cashews.

6. on a low flame saute the cashews.

7. saute till the cashews turn a light golden or golden. you can skip cashews if you want or you can fry or roast cashews separately and then add them as garnish.

8. now add the rice.

9. gently stir and mix the rice with the butter and spices+cashews. the butter should coat the rice grains well.

10. then add 1 to 1.25 cups water. depending on the quality of rice used, you can add less or more water.

11. season with salt as per taste. keep a check on salt if using salted butter.

12. mix well. check the taste of water and it should taste slightly salty.

13. cover the pan with its lid and simmer butter rice on a low flame till the rice grains are tender and all the water is absorbed. you can check the rice at intervals and if required add some more water.

14. once done, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.

15. serve butter rice with any north indian dal like dhaba style dal fry or dal tadka or chana dal or gravy of your choice like paneer makhani, aloo paneer, veg kadai, mushroom curry, methi paneer etc. you can garnish makhani chawal with some chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves.




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