This rich fragrant ghee rice is a Malabar special. It is very simple yet exotic and perfect for any occasion especially if you have sudden guests and do not have much time to make an elaborate dinner or lunch.This quick and delicious rice is usually paired with a spicy chicken or mutton curry. It is usually made with a special rice called kaima rice but here I am using basmathi rice.
Basmathi Rice- 2 cups
Water- 2 1/2 cup
Cinnamon stick- 2 piece
Fennel seeds 1/2 tsp( optional)
Star Aniseed- 2
Ghee- 2 tsp+ 2 tsp oil
Onion -1 medium thinly sliced
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp (optional)
Thinly sliced onion- 1 medium
Cashew nuts- 15-18
Raisins -2 tbs
Ghee melted-2 tsp
Wash and soak rice for half an hour,drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a deep quart pan and add ghee and oil. Add the whole spices and saute till there is a nice aroma. Add ginger garlic paste and saute and after a minute add sliced onions and fry till it turns slight golden brown.
To this add the rice and fry in medium flame for two to three minute till the rice changes color and is well coated with ghee. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of warm water and allow it to boil.Cover,reduce flame and cook till all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Switch off the flame and using a fork make the rice fluffy.
In a separate pan heat ghee and fry cashew nuts and raisins.Drain and keep aside. In the same pan fry sliced onions till brown and crispy. Garnish this over the rice and serve with spicy chicken curry and raita.
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Hope you will all enjoy.