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butter rice or makhani chawal or buttered rice is a delicious variety of rice dish in the indian cuisine with rice grains and some spices cooked in butter or makhan. 

4.5 from 2 votes
total time:
45minutes

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.

butter rice recipe, makhani chawal recipe

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, jeera rice, kaju pulao, 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, dum aloo, rajma masala or kadai paneer. while serving you can garnish makhani chawal with some chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves.

butter rice

4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
butter rice or makhani chawal or buttered rice is a delicious variety of rice dish in the indian cuisine with rice grains and some spices cooked in butter or makhan. 
butter rice recipe, makhani chawal recipe, buttered rice recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian
Servings:2
Calories:306kcal

INGREDIENTS FOR butter rice

(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 butter rice

soaking rice

  • 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.

making butter rice

  • keep a thick bottomed pan on stove top. keep the flame to a low. add 2 tbsp white butter in the pan. 
  • let the butter just melt.
  • 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.
  • then add 8 to 10 cashews. on a low flame saute the cashews.
  • 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.
  • now add the rice.
  • gently stir and mix the rice with the butter and spices+cashews. the butter should coat the rice grains well.
  • then add 1 to 1.25 cups water. depending on the quality of rice used, you can add less or more water.
  • season with salt as per taste. keep a check on salt if using salted butter.
  • mix well. check the taste of water and it should taste slightly salty.
  • 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.
  • once done, remove the lid and gently fluff the butter rice.
  • 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 TIPS

  • 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.
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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.

rice for butter rice recipe

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.

butter to make butter rice recipe

3. let the butter just melt.

butter to make butter rice recipe

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.

making butter rice recipe

5. then add 8 to 10 cashews.

making butter rice recipe

6. on a low flame saute the cashews.

making butter rice recipe

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.

making butter rice recipe

8. now add the rice.

making butter rice recipe

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

making butter rice recipe

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

making butter rice recipe

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

making butter rice recipe

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

making butter rice recipe

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.

making butter rice recipe

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

butter rice recipe

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

butter rice recipe


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