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Ghee rice is a popular flavoured south Indian rice recipe made with basmati rice and ghee (clarified butter). It is made especially for celebration feasts. It is served with a side dish choice of kurma curry or gravy. It is ideal if you want to finish any unused overnight or leftover rice too.


  • 1 tbsp Ghee.
  • 8 Cashew halves.
  • 2 tbsp Raisins.
  • 1 Bay leaf.
  • 1 inch Cinnamon.
  • 2 pods Cardamom.
  • 5 Cloves.
  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorns.
  • 1/2 Onion (sliced).
  • 1 Chilli (slit).
  • 1 cup Basmati rice (soaked).
  • 2 cups Water.
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice.
  • 1 tsp Salt.


  • In a large pan heat 1 tbsp ghee and roast the cashews and raisins to golden brown and keep aside.
  • Sauté bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and peppercorns. Then the onion and chilli till the onions turn golden brown.
  • Add and roast the soaked basmati rice for 1 minute without breaking rice grains.
  • Stir in the water, lemon juice and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Fluff the rice gently without breaking rice grains.
  • Garnish with the fried nuts and fruit and serve.

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