Neichoru/Ghee rice is a delicately spiced rice with a strong flavor of ghee.There are many ways one could go about making it but the recipe I have follows a pressure cooker method.It gets done in less than 20 minutes from start to finish and is perfect for potluck parties since it pairs up well with spiced curries as well as simple raitas.Ideally,it is made with a special variety of rice called Jeeragashala[jeera rice],I have used Basmati.
Neichoru ~ Ghee Rice
Basmati rice - 1 cup
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Onions - 2,thinly sliced
Cashewnuts - 10,halved
Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1' stick
Cloves - 3
Water - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Wash the rice well under running water 2-3 times or till the water runs clear.Soak in enough water for 10-15 minutes and drain.
In a pressure cooker add 1 tbsp ghee and saute the cashewnuts till golden brown,drain and reserve.
Saute half the onions till the onions become dark brown,drain and keep aside.
Add rest of the ghee and mix in the whole spices and then remaining onions.Saute till the onions start turning golden brown.
Mix in the drained rice and give a good stir.
Add water and salt to taste and let the mix come to a rolling boil.
Shut the pressure cooker with the lid and cook for 1 whistle.Switch off the flame immediately and let the cooker come to room temperature.
Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.Garnish with sauteed onions and cashewnuts and serve.
- Basmati rice can be replaced with regular rice too.I have used Sona Masoori rice with great success.
- You could make this rice with vegetables too which would make it more wholesome.