Nei Choru / Ghee Rice
I thank Mani for giving me this opportunity to share her space. I’m so overwhelmed to share the recipe from my native place. In the Malabar regions of Kerala, No special occasions are complete without Nei choru. It means, the aromatic Basmati rice is cooked in Ghee/ Clarified butter with nuts and whole spices. It is usually served with Chicken Curry or Mutton Curry or any vegetable Kurma of your choice. The rice is basically mild as we don’t add any spice powders.
As the rice is mild, my kids loves it. So I make this at least once in two weeks along with some spicy Chicken Curry. You will need just a handful of ingredients to make this yummy dish. Just sauté’ each ingredient and cook till done. I made this in my Rice cooker.
I also used boiled Ponni Rice instead of Basmati Rice. But you can cook this in normal Pressure Cooker or in a pot on Stove top. The main thing to be aware is not to cook the rice mushy. So you have to first sauté’ the rice in ghee before cooking. You can also add some golden fried onions on the top of the Ghee Rice before serving. It will give nice sweetness to the dish.
This post has been contributed by Lathiya Shanmugasundaram, from Kerala, a South Indian state. Now settled in US with two kids and husband. She loves to watch food related channels and read Sidney Sheldon. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter. You can also subscribe to her blog Lathi’sKitchen for more recipes.
Boiled Ponni Rice – 1 ½ cup
Onion – ½ Cup Sliced
Green Chili – 2 Slit lengthwise
Cinnamon Stick – ½ inch
Cardamom – 2 pods
Cloves – 2 nos
Bay leaf – 1
Cashews and Raisins – As needed
Ghee/ Clarified Butter – 2 Tbsn
Salt – As required
Water – 4 CupsMethods:
- Wash and Soak the rice for 30 minutes. Then drain the water and keep it aside.
- Heat the pan and add Ghee.
- When it is hot enough, add the whole spices mentioned.
- Then add sliced onions and green chili.
- When onions turns golden add cashews and raisinis.
- Add the drained rice and saut’e for a minute.
- Move this ingredients to the rice cooker.
- Add water and required salt and press the cook button.
- Once done, serve with your favorite gravy.
- I have used boiled ponni rice here. You can use Basmati rice. If you are using Basmati, add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.
- You can also make this in your normal pressure cooker.