Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nei Choru / Ghee Rice

Nei Choru is another one of the traditional Muslim dishes made during special occasions. This was what my mom used to make during most weekends back home. It is a quick and easy dish, but that does not in any way affect its grandeur. It definitely belongs to the group of those royal dishes such as Biryani and Pulao. The flavor of the ghee and the spices makes it all the more regal. The flavor was filling up the place so much, that my son was climbing up on a bar stool to see what was cooking!



Serves 4-5 people
Basmati Rice- 1 1/2 cup
Oil- 1 tbsp
Cinnamon- 1 - 2" stick
Cloves- 3
Cardamom- 3
Onion- 1 small size (around 0.35lb - sliced)
Ginger Garlic Paste- 1 1/2 tbsp
Green Chilly- 1 big (sliced of round)
Water- 3 cups
Ghee- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Raisins- 1/2 a handful (optional)
Cashew nuts- 1/2 a handful (optional)

1. Soak the rice for around 30 minutes and drain it.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom to the oil and saute for a minute. You could use ghee instead of oil as well.
3. Add the Onions and saute until transparent.
4. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is gone.
5. Add the green chillies and saute for another minute.
6. Add the water and salt and let it boil.
7. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee when the water starts to bubble.
8. Add the drained rice to the boiling water.
9. When the water is almost evaporated, turn off the stove and close the pan with a lid and let it rest for 15-30 minutes.
10. Fry the cashews and raisins in the remaining 1 tsp of ghee until the raisins are plump.
11. Garnish the ghee rice with the fried cashews and raisins. You could also fry some onions and garnish.


This aromatic ghee rice goes well with most all curries, be it Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian. Bring in a Raita, Pappadam and pickle to the table and you are ready for a perfect feast.

41 comments:

  1. Hi Fathima,

    Dats one of my favorites...Beautifully done..

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  2. Ghee rice looks so majestic...delicious.

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  3. I love ghee rice. Nice presentation. Ghee rice looks sooo lovely!

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  4. Flavorful and delicious rice! Love it with chicken and mutton curry.

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  5. What a deliciously simple way to add some extra flavor to rice. It looks gorgeous, too.

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  6. Neychoru-My mom's master piece!Looks fabulous.

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  7. Juz the gravy of Nadan Kozhi curry is quite enough to complete this dish.....

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  8. I absolutely love ghee rice and chicken curry..one of my favs

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  9. Ghee Rice one of our most fav rice after briyani! But here, we add some evaporated milk too.

    Urs looking really superb...feel like having a meal now! :D

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  10. Wat a fantastic bowl of droolworthy ghee rice, yumm!

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  11. Thatz quick, easy and delicious one.my favou too..very beautifully clicked picture.

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  12. This is a real flavourful one.. And easy to prepare too.

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  13. Ethum kurachu chicken curryum koode undel karyam kushal alle..Adipoli aytunde....

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  14. Fluffy and flavorful rice..so perfect

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  15. wow awesome recipe...i love it nei chor and chicken curry....thx for the share

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  16. I can just smell the fresh ghee smell while thinking about this rice.

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  17. Nei choru adipoli Fathima. Njan undakai nokkan pokkuva

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  18. What a gorgeous and flavourful rice preparation!

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  19. the best pullav that goes very well with any side dish, beautiful click!

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  20. I just love your blog Fathima. Nice pics!!!

    Hope you know me. We have met before.

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  21. one of my fav, i usually do this with butter chicken....its so yum and delicious...

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  22. പടച്ചോനേ..

    ഇതെന്തോരം ഐറ്റംസാ !!
    ബ്ലോഗ് ലേ ഔട്ട് സൂപ്പര്‍.
    :-)

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  23. oh i love this...must have in any partys...yummy yumm..enikkum ivide vare flavor kitti...

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  24. One of my favorites and so very flavorful..

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  25. What a beautiful rice...I'm sure it was fragrant and delicious too.

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  26. Wooooooooow, beautiful photos, have a nice day Radka.

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  28. yur have a beautiful space here..

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  29. You have a beautiful space...following you!

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  30. Yummmyyy :) Thanks a lot.. :)

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  31. so delicious i tried and it came out really very well especially de aroma while cooking ..... thanx a lot chechi

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  32. Tasty and easy to prepare... perfect. Made some plain raita, papadam, parippu and beef kheema fry to serve with it xx

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