Monday, December 14, 2009

Ghee Coconut Rice

DSC04819 As we experienced a long-overdue dose of winter-like weather with blowing snow, ice, rain, pellets, heavy snowfall, whiteouts - you name it - we've had a bit of everything. The wintery weather calls for some variety rice instead of a bland version to put some flavour and spice into the dull and dark days of freezing rain with light snow.

Ghee Rice is famous in south India mostly in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka states and northern parts of AP. A typical ghee rice is made with jeeraga samba rice(jeera rice) which has a unique flavour by itself which gets enhanced by addition of ghee and other ingredients..

In Tamil Nadu, they mix both ghee and coconut and make an extremely flavourful rice called Coconut Rice which is truly magical..Mostly basmati rice is used here. Very simple to make, yet packed with richness this Coconut Ghee rice is a great combo with any Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian curried gravies.

Hot Ghee is tempered with cashew nuts, curry leaves, thinly sliced green chillies, onions and grated coconut. To this cooked basmati rice is added and seasoned with salt. Perfect to enjoy with a creamy veggie, chicken or mutton gravy.

DSC04818 Ingredients:
4 cups cooked Basmati rice(add a little salt while cooking the rice)
3 Tbsp Ghee
1/2 cup crated coconut
1/4 Cashews and raisins
2 sprigs Curry leaves
1 large onions thinly sliced
3-4 green chillies slit into four and seeds removed
Salt to taste
Finely chopped coriander leaves if desired.

Cook basmati rice with just little salt and keep aside
Heat ghee in a wok/kadai/deep pan, add cashew and raisins and allow raisins to pop up and cashew turn little brown.
Remove cashew and raisins from ghee and transfer into a small bowl.
Allow curry leaves to sizzle in the same hot ghee and then add green chillies, onions and fry till onions are mild brown.
Add grated coconut and fry till coconut slightly turns color and changes smell.
Now add cooked basamati rice, salt, cashew and raisins and mix till all the rice is well coated with ghee, tempering and coconut.
Check to see for enough salt
Add coriander leaves if using and remove from heat.
Serve warm with Curried gravies.

DSC04814 Sending this rice to EFM-Variety Rice Series event hosted by Sriskitchen.


kitchen queen said...

lovely and tasty and tempting coconut rice with a nice click.

Nandini said...

Wow! Gorgeous coconut rice! Rice is so soft and my fav also. what is that gravy ? Looks colorful and slurpy :D

Happy cook said...

Beautiful and aromataic rice.

Rina said...

Kitchen Queen & Happy, thanx.

Nandini..that is 'Mutton gravy' which I will be posting next..

Viki's Kitchen said...

I always love this ghee rice very much. Great to have with mutton or chicken roast. Merry Christmas dear!

Rina said...

Viki..Merry christmas to you too!!!

Cynthia said...

This is the kind of rice dish that I can eat just by it self.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Rina,

Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family 'Merry Christmas and Fun Filled Holidays'.

Ghee rice is so comforting to me:) Looks perfect.

Rina said...

Cynthia & Malar, thanx for your wishes..

my kitchen said...

Fantastic mutton curry.Do visit my blog when u r free.Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year dear:)