The main food item in south India is rice,using this rice there are many recipes prepared depending on the locality and taste.One of the most popular rice made recipe is ghee rice which is made by many people instantly in their homes.Because of its easy making,less time taking process and most adorable taste many of the busy people prefer making this at their home.This process is so simple because of the usage of a pressure cooker,it reduces the cooking time and also reduces the complications and mess that no one would like during busy hours.This is one of the best one which is very easy to make and makes a very good lunch box recipe so that people with busy working hours can do it for their children and for them which saves their valuable time.

Famous south Indian ghee rice recipe

Famous south Indian ghee rice recipe

Ghee is a classified form of butter that is firstly originated in India and spread to many other countries.It is commonly being used in many countries like Pakistan,Bangladesh,Nepal,Srilanka many other other countries.The name Ghee is originated from Sanskrit and depending on the regional languages its name is followed by their regional slang.It is prepared from the extract of a residue from milk called butter.Ghee is prepared by simmering butter and removing the residue aside.The main quality factor of Ghee depends on quality of butter and the duration of its boiling.

Home made ghee

Home made ghee

This Ghee has wide range of applications.It are used widely in India in various dishes which adds a better flavor of taste to the food items.In making sweets they get enriched taste because of this.Many people mix in rice along with pickle to enjoy the taste of food.It has high fat content about 8 mg of cholesterol for one table spoon of Ghee.

Ingredients:

   1) One cup of Basmati Rice 

   2) One cup of finely chopped Onion

3) One small Cinnamon stick (which adds its flavor)

   4) Two to Three Cloves (lavangam)

   5) One Green Cardamom (Yaalakkaya)

6) Half teaspoon Black Peppercorns (Miriyal podi)

7) One small Bay Leaf (Biryani Aku)

8) Four to Five Cashew Nuts 

9) Three to Four Raisins (Endu Draksha)

10) One teaspoon crushed Ginger Garlic

11) One Green Chili Finely chopped

12) One tablespoon Ghee (Clarified butter)

13) Two cups of water

14) salt required amount

Ghee rice Ingredients required

Ghee rice Ingredients required

Procedure:

We can find many versions of  Ghee rice around different parts of India.Different type of recipes involve different type of making process.In few types the rice is cooked in ghee with spices and some recipes call for seasoning the spices in ghee and adding the steamed rice like the fried rice.If we go for Andhra style of making we need only pepper powder and no other spice is used.This can be cooked by using egg or without egg depending on our requirement.The main taste for this Ghee rice comes from the flavor of pepper and curry leaves fried in ghee.

Step 1:

For the better taste we can go for Basmati rice for effective making of this ghee rice.At the first step we have to wash the rice grains thoroughly for about two to three minutes in mineral water to remove the excess starch and dust particles present in the rice.Now keep the rice in a bowl and pour fresh water up to one third of rice and leave it to soak them for 20 minutes.because of this washing we can also avoid sticking of rice grains while cooking process.After the completion of twenty minutes leave the soaked rice to get drained.

Washing process of Basmati rice

Washing process of Basmati rice

Step 2:

As the first step has completed then keep that drained rice aside, now pressure cooker on the stove and take two spoons of ghee in it.On the stove and heat this ghee until it melts and then add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black peppercorns and a piece of bay leaf.all these are stirred in that pressure cooker until their color changes to brown or gold color.Now take the chopped onion and they are stirred along with the ingredients until their color changes.

Preparing Ghee rice and deep fry chopped onions

Preparing Ghee rice and deep fry chopped onions

Step 3:

To this onion, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black peppercorns and a piece of bay leaf mixture that we have prepared add a cup of cashew nuts, raisins, crushed ginger garlic and chopped green chilies and mix them thoroughly by keeping the flame low for about one minute.Now at this stage add drained rice to the pressure cooker.Now add salt to taste and 2 cups of water.Mix them properly and close the lid.The cooking process must be done for at least two whistles.

adding drained rice to it

adding drained rice to it

Step 4:

After the whistles are out you have to turn off the flame and leave the pressure cooker aside without taking the lid out and leave it undisturbed so that the pressure in it come down naturally.for this process to go on it takes at least 5 to 8 minutes.Now you can open the lid and stir it carefully once to get mixed the cashew nuts and other ingredients.That’s it tasty and spicy ghee rice is ready to eat.Now take it to ta serving plate and we can add decorations to it by using carrot or tomato.

Ghee rice in a serving plate

Ghee rice in a serving plate