Ghee rice recipe – How to make ghee rice recipe – rice recipes

Ghee rice is a delicious and aromatic rice dish made with ghee as the main ingredient and spices.  It is easy and simple to make recipe and requires very few ingredients to make.  Spices added to rice gives a nice flavour to it.  Ghee gives a rich taste and smooth texture  to the rice.  Ghee rice goes well with plain dal, any curry or gravy and just plain as it is.  Do try this fragrant rice among the variety rice recipes.


Prep Time : 10 mins plus 30 mins soaking time

Cook Time :  20 mins

Servings :  4 persons

Indian cuisine


Basmati rice – 1 cup

Onion – 1 (medium sized) (thinly sliced)

Ghee – 4 tablespoons

Water – 2 cups

Cashewnuts  – 15 nos

Raisins – 15 nos

Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tablespoons

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Whole spices for seasoning

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Whole black pepper – 6 to 7 nos

Bay leaves – 2

Cloves – 4

Green cardamoms – 2

Cinnamon stick – 2 inch


Rinse the basmati rice thoroughly to remove excess starch.  Then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.  Heat ghee in a pan or kadai.  Add the cashewnuts and roast till light golden brown in colour.

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Add raisins and stir on low flame till they puff up.  Remove them in a plate and keep it aside.  To the same pan, add the whole spices (cumin seeds, whole pepper, bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon stick) and stir fry till it gives a nice aroma.  Take care not to burn the spices.

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Add the sliced onions and saute till they become translucent.

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Add the soaked rice and stir  gently.  Let the rice get well coated with the ghee.

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Add 2 cups of water and lemon juice.  Let the water come to a nice boil.

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Then lower the flame and cover the pan with its lid.  Simmer till the rice is well cooked.  Keep checking in between to ensure that the rice is well cooked.  Sprinkle 2-3  tablespoons of water if the rice is not cooked.  Cover the pan and cook again till cooked.  Once cooked, switch off the flame.  Gently fluff the rice with a fork. Garnish with fried cashewnuts, raisins and chopped coriander leaves.

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Serve ghee rice hot with dal or any curry of your choice or as it is plain.



Lemon juice gives a nice white colour to the rice and separates the rice from each other.

Use preferably basmati rice rather than regular rice for better taste and flavour.

Avoid over cooking the rice.

Add a teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste after adding the onions.  Saute for few minutes and then add the rice.

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