garam masala rice

Garam masala rice with step by step photos. An aromatic rice dish flavored with garam masala or whole spices.

This garam masala rice recipe comes from my sister. Once I happened to taste it at her place and asked her for the recipe. From then onwards, I do make this rice on occasions to go with a dal tadka or dal fry or dal makhani or a gravy. Thereby making our simple everyday lunch or dinner to a special one.

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garam masala rice recipe

Apart from serving with dals, you can also serve it with veg curries like veg handi, veg korma or paneer based gravies like matar paneer, shahi paneer, palak paneer etc.

The recipe of garam masala rice is pretty easy to prepare. if you have leftover rice, then half of your work is done as rest of the method is very easy & quick. To make this aromatic rice first, you just need to cook the rice. Then temper the cooked rice with whole garam masala spices and garam masala powder.

This rice recipe tastes good by itself. but you could enhance its flavor by adding fried onions which gives a biryani like taste and flavor to this recipe. However adding fried onions is optional but recommended.

garam masala rice recipe

Here, I have used ghee for tempering the rice but you could use oil instead. you could use any type of long grained rice or basmati rice for making this spiced rice recipe. I have used dehradun basmati rice. You can even make the recipe with seeraga samba rice.

We had our rice with paneer butter masala, begun bhaja and onion raita.

How to make garam masala rice

Cooking rice

1. Rinse 1.5 cups of rice very well in water, till the water runs clear of starch. Then take the rice, 4 to 5 cups water and salt as per taste in a pot or pan. If you want, then you can also soak the rice for 30 minutes before cooking.

garam masala rice recipe

2. Keep the pan on stovetop and on medium heat, bring everything to a boil. Cook the rice without covering it with a lid.

garam masala rice recipe

3. Do keep a check on the rice. The rice should take about 15 to 20 mins to cook. Once the rice grains have softened and are cooked well,  switch off the flame.

garam masala rice recipe

4. Strain the rice in a colander. Allow the rice to cool.

garam masala rice recipe

5. Once the rice has cooled, heat a pan. Then add 1 tablespoon ghee or oil.

garam masala rice recipe

6. Lower the flame and add all the whole ground spices – 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 2 inches cinnamon stick, 7 to 8 black peppers, 1 to 2 star anise, 4 to 5 cloves, ½ of a mace, 4 to 5 green cardamoms, 1 black cardamom and 2 tej patta (Indian bay leaf).

garam masala rice recipe

7. Saute until they crackle and leave aroma. Sprinkle a pinch of salt.

garam masala rice recipe

8. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of garam masala powder, stir and mix nicely.

garam masala rice recipe

9. Add the steamed rice.

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10. Mix gently and switch off the flame.

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11. Then add 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves. Keep aside.

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12. Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a small tadka pan or a small pan.

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13. Add ⅓ cup of sliced onions and saute until golden brown in color. This step is optional.

garam masala rice recipe

14. Garnish the fried onions on the rice. Serve Garam masala rice with your favorite dal like dal makhani, dal tadka, dal fry, chana dal and curry recipes like rajma recipe, veg kadai, paneer tikka masala.

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garam masala rice

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An aromatic rice recipe flavored with garam masala or whole spices.
garam masala rice recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:25 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for cooking rice

  • 1.5 cups rice, i used basmati rice
  • 4 to 5 cups of water for cooking rice
  • salt as required

for tempering

  • 1 tablespoon of ghee or oil
  • 1 pinch salt

whole spices

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 inches cinnamon stick
  • 7 to 8 whole black peppers
  • 1 to 2 star anise (chakri phool)
  • 4 to 5 cloves
  • ½ of a mace
  • 4 to 5 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 2 tej patta (indian bay leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder

other ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • cup thinly sliced onions or 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves


cooking rice

  • Rinse 1.5 cups of rice very well in water till the water runs clear of starch.
  • Then in a pan, take rinsed rice, 4 to 5 cups of water and salt as required.
  • Place the pan on stove top on a medium flame.
  • Cook the rice without a lid. Do keep a check. The rice should take about 15 to 20 mins to cook. Once the rice grains are cooked, then switch off the flame.
  • Strain the rice over a colander. Allow the rice to cool.

tempering garam masala rice

  • Later, heat a pan. Then add ghee/oil in it.
  • Lower the flame and then add all the whole spices.
  • Saute until they crackle and leave aroma. Sprinkle a pinch of salt
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of garam masala powder, stir and mix nicely.
  • Add the steamed rice.
  • Mix everything very well and switch off the gas.
  • Then add a tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves. Keep aside,

for the garnish

  • Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a small tadka pan or a small pan.
  • Saute the sliced onions until golden brown.
  • Garnish the fried onions on the rice. Serve garam masala rice with your favorite dal and veg gravy.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
garam masala rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 319mg14%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 47mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 8µg2%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 29mg7%
Phosphorus 87mg9%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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6 comments/reviews

  1. Tried it,came out great.
    Thank you!

    • Welcome Priyanka

  2. it’s a mouth watering dish m going to try it in today dinner 🙂

    • do try and i hope you like it.

  3. Tasted awesome… made this today.What a simple and easy recipe.And tastes so good.Thanks5 stars

    • thanks tanmayee for positive feedback, you are welcome.