Ghee Rice (One Pot)

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Ghee rice recipe with step by step photos – ghee rice is an aromatic and delicious one pot rice recipe made with ghee and spices. It is one of the popular rice variety from South Indian cuisine.

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Ghee rice is a South Indian variety of rice that goes very well with dals or veg gravies or korma. Its a favorite at home. Whenever I make a simple homely dal, then at times I also make ghee rice to pair with the dal.

Any light based gravies, dals or even a complexly flavored korma or gravy goes well with ghee rice.  I have also posted another delicious version of ghee rice from the Kerala cuisine and you can check the recipe here → Nei choru with kaima rice.

Tips for making ghee rice

  1. You can use any variety of rice to make ghee rice. I usually make with basmati rice or seeraga samba rice. Just make sure to use rice which is not sticky and yields separate grains when cooked.
  2. I have cooked rice in a pan. You can even use a pressure cooker. If using a pressure cooker, then cook for 2 whistles or for about 7 to 8 minutes on a medium flame.
  3. You can add more cashews if you want.
  4. This recipe can be doubled.

You can serve ghee rice with gravy dishes or dals like parippu curry or korma varieties like veg kurma or paneer korma or cauliflower kurma.

How to make ghee rice

Preparation

1. Rinse 1 cup basmati rice in water till the water runs clear of starch. Then soak the rice grains for 30 minutes in enough water.

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2. After 30 minutes, drain the water and keep the soaked rice aside.

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3. Before cooking, gather everything and keep aside. The following are the whole spices that we will be adding to ghee rice.

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4. Slice 1 medium sized onion and keep aside. Also remove 15 to 18 cashews, 1 tablespoon raisins and keep aside.

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Frying dry fruits

5. Heat 3 tablespoons ghee in a thick bottomed pot or a thick bottomed pan. Keep the flame to a low.

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6. Add the cashews first.

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7. Saute till you see light brown specks on a few of the cashews.

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8. Then add the raisins.

making ghee rice recipe

9. Saute till the raisins puff up in the ghee. Do stir continuously while sauteing the raisins and cashews.

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10. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside.

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Making ghee rice

11. To the same ghee, add the whole spices and let them crackle and turn fragrant. Do not burn the spices.

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12. Then immediately add the sliced onions.

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13. Stir and saute till the onions turn golden or caramelize.

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14. Now add the soaked rice.

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15. Gently stir the rice so that the ghee coats the rice grains well.

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16. Now add 1.75 to 2 cups of water. Add water as required, depending on the quality of rice. Some brands of basmati rice need only 1.5 cups of water. So add water accordingly.

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17. Season with salt as per taste. I have used ⅓ teaspoon rock salt. If using any other salt, then add as per your taste. Check the water and it should taste a bit salty. In this step 3 to 4 drops of lemon juice can also be added.

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Cooking ghee rice

18. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid.

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19. Simmer till the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed. You can check once or twice while the rice is cooking. If the grains are not cooked and the water looks less, sprinkle a few tablespoons of water all over. Cover and continue to cook.

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20. Once the rice grains are cooked, give a standing time of 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the lid. Fluff the rice gently with a fork.

making ghee rice recipe

21. Serve ghee rice hot garnished with fried cashews & raisins and some chopped coriander leaves. Ghee rice tastes so good, that you can even have it plain also. It also goes well with gravy based dishes or with dals or korma varieties like veg kurma or potato korma. While serving, you can even use some mint leaves for garnish instead of coriander leaves.

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Ghee Rice (One Pot)

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Ghee rice is an aromatic and delicious rice dish made with ghee and spices from the South Indian cuisine. This is an one pot recipe of making ghee rice.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice or 190 grams basmati rice
  • 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 15 to 18 cashews
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 50 grams onion, thinly sliced or ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions or 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1.75 to 2 cups water, add water as required
  • teaspoon rock salt or add as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) for garnish

whole spices

  • 1.5 inches cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 single strands of mace
  • 4 to 5 whole black pepper
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)

Instructions

preparation

  • Rinse 1 cup basmati rice in water till the water runs clear of starch. Then soak the rice grains for 30 minutes in enough water.
  • After 30 minutes, drain the water and keep the soaked rice aside.
  • Before cooking, gather all the ingredients and keep aside - the whole spices, cashews and raisins.
  • Slice 1 medium sized onion and keep aside.

frying dry fruits

  • Heat 3 tablespoons ghee in a thick bottomed pot or a thick bottomed pan. Keep the flame on a low.
  • Now add the cashews first. Saute till you see light brown specks on a few of the cashews.
  • Then add the raisins. Saute till the raisins puff up in the ghee. Do stir continuously while sauteing the raisins and cashews.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside.

making ghee rice

  • To the same ghee, add the whole spices and let them crackle and turn fragrant. Do not burn the spices.
  • Then immediately add the sliced onions.
  • Stir and saute till the onions turn golden or caramelize.
  • Now add the soaked rice.
  • Gently stir the rice so that the ghee coats the grains evenly.
  • Now add 1.75 to 2 cups of water. Add water as required depending on the quality of rice. Some brands of basmati rice need only 1.5 cups of water. So add water accordingly.
  • Season with salt as per taste. I have used 1/3 teaspoon rock salt. If using any other salt, then add as per your taste. Check the water and it should taste a bit salty.

cooking ghee rice

  • Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid.
  • Simmer till the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed. You can check once or twice while the rice is cooking. If the grains are not cooked and the water looks less, sprinkle a few tablespoons of water all over. Cover and continue to cook.
  • Once the rice grains are cooked, give a standing time of 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the lid. Fluff the rice gently with a fork.
  • Serve ghee rice hot garnished with fried cashews & raisins and some chopped coriander leaves. It tastes so good, that you can even have it plain without any accompanying curry or dal or kurma.

Notes

  • You can even use a pressure cooker to make ghee rice. If using a pressure cooker, then cook for 2 whistles or for about 7 to 8 minutes on a medium flame.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Ghee Rice (One Pot)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 613 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 408mg18%
Potassium 274mg8%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Thanks Dassana for the tasty recipe. I have been a regular visitor to your website since 8 years. I have enjoyed most of your recipes- reading and making the dish. The recipes are written in a simple yet descriptive manner. My family has relished them every time. Way to go!

    1. thank you very much neetha. felt good to read your comment. thanks again and wish you all the best. happy cooking.

  2. Cooked for the first time since my wife was unwell.The recipe was simple and my kids refuse to let my wife cook anymore.thank you.5 stars

    1. welcome ashok. glad to see the rating and the feedback on ghee rice recipe. hope your wife recovers soon. all the best.

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