garam masala rice recipe, spiced rice recipe with garam masala (whole spices)

garam masala rice recipe with step by step photos. an aromatic rice recipe flavored with garam masala or whole spices.

garam masala rice recipe

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.

apart from serving with dals, you can also serve garam masala rice 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 spiced 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.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check:

garam masala rice

5 from 1 vote
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:25 mins
Course:main course
Calories: 448kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
garam masala rice recipe
spiced rice recipe - an aromatic rice recipe flavored with garam masala or whole spices.

INGREDIENTS FOR garam masala rice

(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 for garam masala rice

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

other ingredients for garam masala rice:

  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • cup thinly sliced onions or 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)

HOW TO MAKE garam masala rice

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.
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how to make garam masala rice recipe

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 stove top and on a medium heat, bring everything to a boil. cook the rice without covering 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

making garam masala rice

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.

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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namaste 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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