Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Neichoru / Ghee Rice

Neichoru, which means rice flavoured with ghee and spices that gives a special aroma to this simple rice preparation. Mostly prepared for special occasions to accompany with rich gravy curries like fish mollee, chicken or mutton stew or any meat gravy preparations.

Ingredients

2 cups - Basmati rice
4 cups - Water
1 - Onion, thinly sliced
4 - cloves
2 inch long - Cinnamon
4 tbsp - Ghee
Salt to taste

Garnishing

2 - Onions, thinly sliced
Few golden raisins
Few cashew nuts

Method

1 ) Wash rice and drain very well.

2 ) In a deep heavy bottom utensil, heat ghee, add cinnamon and cloves. Fry for a few seconds, then add onion and fry till onion is translucent. Now add the drained rice and on simmer, fry the rice well in ghee, till you can hear ' tick tick ' sound.

3 ) Meanwhile in another utensil, place 4 cups water on stove and bring to a boil and switch off the stove. Now carefully, with stove on simmer, pour water into the rice utensil. Add salt to taste and stir once. Close with a tight lid and cook on simmer for 5 minutes. Once the rice has absorbed all the water and is cooked, switch off the stove. Do not open the lid now. Keep it closed for 10 to 15 minutes. Then open the lid and gently stir the rice.

4 ) To garnish - Heat 3 to 4 tbsp ghee, simmer then add raisins and fry till raisins plump up. Drain off from the ghee and set aside. Now add cashew nuts and fry, till cashews turns lightly brown. Drain and set aside along with raisins. Now add onion, sprinkle little sugar on top, to speed up onion caramelising. Fry till onion turns golden brown. Drain and set aside.

5 ) Mix little of the fried onion, cashew and raisin with the rice and set aside some to garnish finally on top of the rice, when serving. Serve rice on a platter, then on top of the rice, garnish with fried onion, cashew and raisins.

Serve hot with any meat gravy preparation. I served ghee rice with fish mollee, pappadam and raita.

12 comments:

*sangi* said...

I am always waiting for ur recipes..mouth watering presentation...

Pravs said...

sangi : Thanks :) nice to know you look out for my recipes...that's inspiring :)

Chitra said...

wow,,i've never tried ghee rice so far..neat presentation and looks mouthwatering..Btw, in ur previous post ,kuthaappam u have used an egg..We dont eat eggs.which one i can use to replace eggs?or its okay if i prepare without egg?

Suparna said...

hi Pravs,
Ghee rice by itself is a very tasty and aromatic dish, ur presentation has made it a visual treat too!! goo done :)
TC

My comfort food network said...

Ghee rice is my comfort food anytime. :-)

Subi said...

Looks yum yum. My mouth is really watering.

Ann said...

Pravs,neichoru I love too..who can resist them..as a kid i had them from my muslim neighbours along with meat preparation..even now i miss those lovely treats.jus dont theirs seem real rich and varied..I have one at my place too..Yours looks rich too..nice presentation as always...

Pravs said...

Chitra : Thanks :) Chitra, for kuttappam, i think its possible to make without egg..since there is baking powder to this recipe. Just make the batter and let it sit for an hour... then stir well and try making appam. I have not tried making without egg so far...but as per my mom this could work. Let me know when you try and the result.

Suparna : Thanks a lot :D

My comfort food network : I know there is something about this simple rice preparation...simply delicious.

Subi : Thanks da :)

Ann : So you had a good treat in the past. Muslims make ghee rice so well.

Rahin said...

hey pravs, lovely ghee rice, with fried onions and nuts n raisins ....yum...n u served it with fish moilee .... hmmm ...wish i was visiting you :)

Pooja said...

Adipoli neichoru Pravs! I love to have this with spicy non-veg curries :)

Seema said...

Hi Pravs! I am back after long....You've got so many great recipes i need to catch up on!
Ghee rice & any spicy side dish on the side is simply supern combi!!Awesome photo..Very nice!

Divya Vikram said...

Loks great with those caramelized onions around!