Ghee Rice is an irresistibly delicious, quick, and straightforward classic Indian rice dish which is flavoured with Indian clarified butter, Ghee

A super side dish that is made with a handful of ingredients and pairs well with any spicy Indian meal. Whether you prepare on stovetop, Indian pressure cooker or Instant Pot, you'll have perfect fluffiest cooked Ghee rice every time.

Ghee Rice is an irresistibly delicious, quick and straightforward classic Indian rice dish which is flavoured with Indian clarified butter, Ghee.  A super side dish that is made with a handful of ingredients and pairs well with any spicy Indian meal. Whether you prepare on stovetop, Indian pressure cooker or Instant Pot, you'll have perfect fluffiest cooked Ghee rice every time.

It's been a while since I shared any simple homestyle Indian rice shared with you that can be made in just matter of minutes in our own home, so I thought I'd share one today. This fluffy, every grain separated and delicately flavoured Ghee rice pairs so well with Chana Masala,(aka Chole too) Poori, Aloo Matar and Mixed Fruit and Nut Raita.

Rice dishes are my favourite since my childhood, a bowl of good flavoured rice I have always enjoyed on its own or when it served with delicious curry, daal or raita, for me it is the "cherry on the cake" of an Indian thali!

Rice preparation is a staple in almost every Indian kitchen and definitely is in mine. However, humble recipes like this often get overlooked with stronger rice recipes. Luckily, as part of the food bloggers recipe swap, I had to make a recipe from Narmada's Blog  I chose this rice recipe as I thought it would complement a curry I was planning on making!

Ghee Rice is an irresistibly delicious, quick and straightforward classic Indian rice dish which is flavoured with Indian clarified butter, Ghee.  A super side dish that is made with a handful of ingredients and pairs well with any spicy Indian meal. Whether you prepare on stovetop, Indian pressure cooker or Instant Pot, you'll have perfect fluffiest cooked Ghee rice every time.


Ghee (clarified butter) rice is a traditional and popular rice dish that hails from South Indian Cuisine. However, it is very familiar throughout India and around the world and is usually reserved for celebrations, occasions and feast.

This aromatic and one pot ghee rice is prepared with basmati rice, whole spices and nuts that do not require MasterChef skills to cook in your home.

According to many South Indian bloggers, this rice dish can't be lived without and it goes so well with coconut based curry.

This rice dish is also known as Ghee Bhat and in Kerala, it is called Malabar ghee rice, Neychoru or Nei Choru.

Although this dish is flavoured with nuts and spices, it's quite milder in taste thus it is advisable to serve with stronger flavoured curries, daal or Korma recipes.


Ghee and Rice are the most important of this delicious side dish. Homemade desi ghee is recommended for this recipe to bring out the richness, but store bought works well too. To get the perfect fluffy rice, I strongly recommend good quality basmati rice which yields separate grain and non-sticky rice rather than other varieties.

Whole Spices - They add an extensive amount of flavours to rice dishes and a must for this dish. I have used cinnamon and cloves but you can add bay leaf, cardamom or whole black pepper.

Nuts - A rich and the dish prepared for a special occasion, I can't imagine without any nuts. For any Indian, to show off the food, it is prepared with rich and expensive ingredients such as nuts and dry fruits. I have used cashews but again you can add raisins or sultanas too.

Onion and Green Chillies - I love green chilli flavours in rice dishes, they lend little heat but same time adds fresh spicy flavours too. With onions, I go with my moods and situation and add or omit totally.

Fresh Coriander - Any Indian dish, finish it off with fresh coriander leaves. I love to add/garnish my dishes with fresh coriander, they not ONLY make the dish appealing but adds great flavours and health benefits to the dish.


Never get afraid to make or don't think to make the best fluffiest rice at home is a tedious job. Some of my simple tricks, tips and secrets will help you to go through this recipe, but not to forget that practise makes perfect!

Great rice dishes bring the best texture and flavours with a good quality of rice. If you want your rice to be fluffy and each grain separated always choose long grain basmati rice and not the sticky ones.

Do not cook rice straight away (unless a recipe suggests)  always wash rice in running water until water comes out clear and soak rice in cold water for 20-30 minutes.

How much water for rice? The ratio of rice and water is important, but again the quality of rice and brands make a lot of difference how you cook your rice. It is very important that you know your rice so well, but usually soaked rice is cooked with a ratio of 1: 2 (rice: water) but I would like to cook my flavoured rice, pulao or Biryani with the ratio of 1:1 1/2.

Always add well-drained soaked rice in boiling hot water or top it up with boiling hot water. If you add cold water while rice is cooking, the temperature of the water will change and disrupt to the cooking process.

Add a good amount of ghee, or fat such as oil to keeps rice grains separate and smooth. My mum's secret, she always added a tablespoon of ghee, pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon juice in our everyday rice preparation. Lemon juice helps in getting whiter rice.

While rice is cooking, do not stir the rice frequently as it can break the rice and will turn into a mushy mess. Try to use a big spoon that has no sharp edges that can break your rice such as rice paddle spoon, wooden or stainless steel.

Fry nuts for this recipe on a low heat and make sure you don't burn them to avoid bitter taste in them.

Allow all the rice dishes to sit (covered with a lid) for 5-7 minutes after the rice finished cooking. This procedure called 'DUM' which means that letting the rice breathe in its own aroma or liquid to make it more flavourful. 

I am sure now that you have these simple but important tips for best and fluffiest ghee rice, you want to make the dish..let's see how to make ghee rice, it's variations and methods or ways without further ado.


This extremely delicious and gluten-free Ghee Rice recipe can be twisted with a little bit of touch of other ingredients or suit your needs.

Coconut ghee rice - For a Ghee rice recipe with coconut milk, add grated coconut or coconut milk along with rice.

Vegetable ghee rice - add frozen vegetables such as green peas, carrots, french beans or sweet corn and broccoli.

Dry Fruit and Nuts Ghee Rice - add the double amount of dry fruit and nuts such as cashews, almonds, raisins or dried apricots.

Fresh fruit ghee rice - garnish the ghee rice with fresh fruits with pomegranate arils, fresh mango or pineapple slices. 


Rice is one kind of dish that can be done in different ways and methods yet you have great results. Ghee rice can be made over the stovetop which is the traditional method, in a rice cooker, Indian pressure cooker or in an Instant Pot which is currently talk of the town. You can achieve great results, whichever tool you use but keep in mind that the ratio of the water and cooking time can vary.

Another popular method of making ghee rice that is similar to fried rice, where you stirfry cooked rice in desi ghee using spices and nuts. This method is to come to handy and best when you have leftover or unused plain cooked rice.

Just heat ghee in a wok or kadai, fry the spices, green chillies and nuts and add cooked rice. Stir well and garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander. You may fry onion along with the whole spices.


First clean, wash and soak basmati rice for 20-30 minutes in tap cold water.
After draining all the water and leave it aside.
Turn on the instant pot and select SAUTE mode.
Once the 'HOT' display appears on the panel, add ghee.
When ghee is hot enough add cashew nuts and quickly fry them without burning. Remove it quickly then add whole spices and let it crackle.
IF YOU ARE USING ONION, Add now and saute until light pink. remove half of the quantity to use later.
Now add the slit green chillies and drained rice, stir the rice for 40-50 seconds.
Add boiling or hot water, salt and mix well.
Cancel the SAUTE mode and close the lid.
Pressure cook the rice for 4 minutes, 10 NPR then release the steam manually. 
Open the lid and Carefully mix the rice with the fork, toss the fried cashews and onion and mix the rice.
Serve in a serving plate and garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander. 


By now you know how easy is it to cook perfect ghee rice in your own kitchen.

Go out and get a good quality long grain basmati rice. Place a cup full of rice in a bog bowl, wash the rice under the running water until water runs clear, soak the rice in plenty of cold water for 20-30 minutes.

Now get ready for the aroma of ghee and whole spices tease your senses!
 Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan or kadai
Add cashew nuts, and quickly fry them without burning. You really need be quick or cashews would burn and tastes bitter too, also does not look as appetising.
Remove it, add whole spices and allow them to crackle.
Add green chillies and drained rice, gently stir with rice paddle spoon for 40-50 seconds.
Now, add hot water and salt.
Mix once again, and allow the water to come to the first boil, cover the pan or kadai with the lid.
Let the rice simmer on low heat until all the water evaporates.
Turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 5-7 minutes ( DUM) to absorb all the flavours and liquid.
Open the lid, very gently fluff the rice with the fork.
Top it up with fried cashews and onions and garnish it with the generous amount of freshly chopped coriander.
Serve this aromatic rice along with curry, daal, paratha, raita and salad for a satisfying lunch or dinner.


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Ghee Rice is an irresistibly delicious, quick and straightforward classic Indian rice dish which is flavoured with Indian clarified butter, Ghee.  A super side dish that is made with a handful of ingredients and pairs well with any spicy Indian meal. Whether you prepare on stovetop, Indian pressure cooker or Instant Pot, you'll have perfect fluffiest cooked Ghee rice every time.

Ghee Rice Recipe | Indian Ghee Rice

Yield: 4 servings
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
Ghee Rice- is a one-pot dish that is delicate and aromatic flavoured rice prepared with ghee, basmati rice, nuts and whole spice.


To prepare ghee rice
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 TBSP homemade ghee
  • 1 TBSP Whole spices ( cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves)
  • Salt to tatse
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 3 TBSP raw cashews
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced (optional)
  • Freshly chopped coriander 
  • Big bowl
  • Heavy bottom pan or kadai with the lid
  • Rice paddle spoon
  • Fork 


How to make Ghee rice?
  1. Clean, wash and soak basmati rice in cold water for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Drain all the water.
  3. Heat ghee in a pan or kadai.
  4. Add cashews and fry them light brown.
  5. Remove it and leave it aside.
  6. Add whole spices and onions ( if using ) and saute till turns light pink.
  7. Add drained rice and chilli and gently give it a stir with the rice paddle spoon.
  8. Add 1 and a 5half cup hot water ( use the same cup which you used for measuring the raw rice) along with salt. 
  9. Let the water come to the first boil, cover the pan with the lid.
  10. Let the rice simmer and absorb all the water. Keep the heat on low.
  11. Turn off the heat and keep the lid closed for 5-7 minutes before opening it.
  12. Remove the lid and add fried cashews, fluff the rice with the fork.
  13. Add freshly chopped coriander.
  14. Serve in a serving platter or big bowl to share.
  15. Enjoy as a side dish with daal, curry, roti and salad. 


To prepare vegan version use vegetable ghee or oil, but do not use strong flavoured oil such as mustard or extra virgin olive oil. 
If you want to make spicier rice, you may add extra green chilli to it.
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  1. I made ghee a few months ago, and I still have one jar left. I really want to try this rice. Basmati rice is just so flavorful, my boys love it every time I make it.

  2. If there is something that my girls will eat without any hesitation, then it is ghee rice. I usually make it without the spices, but then it is what adds all the flavors to this simple dish... Lovely clicks...

  3. I absolutely adore ghee rice, and yours looks perfectly made. :) Fluffy,aromatic ghee rice would be a pleasure to eat, for sure.

  4. Looks absolutely delicious. Ghee rice is my all time favourite dish!!

  5. The rice is so fluffy and perfect in texture.. looks delicious!!

  6. this simple rice looks so flavorful and would pair well with any meal I am sure

  7. I never soak rice before cooking unless it is brown rice. Wondering why you soak the rice? Regardless, this rice looks so delicious with the spices.

  8. Ghee rice looks good with so perfect texture !!! I love that you have added here onion and some other spices too

  9. Thanks for trying this recipe and it looks so perfectly cooked rice. love your detailed explanation which will be helpful for beginners.

  10. Rice has a nice texture, long and fluffy. I too do 4 minutes manual and qpr after 10 minute of npr when I make flavored rice in insta pot. But I do not soak rice when I follow these settings.

  11. I love the addition of the nuts in this.

  12. This looks like such a great side dish to go with so many things! Definitely a recipe I’ll be bookmarking!

  13. I love Ghee rice and this is one of my to go recipe when I have time constarint...with good veg kurma it tastes amazing

  14. Ghee Rice looks totally delicious. I want to dig in along with some Matar Paneer.

  15. My Sunday comfort food...ghee rice and some spicy curry on the side! Oh boy i'm craving ghee rice now and it's not even weekend end! I know what i'm making this Sunday :D. That is one perfectly cooked ghee rice, each grain of rice separated and perfectly cooked. Yummy

  16. Oh YES!!! One of my favorite dish which i could never get bored of eating!! LOVE this!!

  17. Amazing click . I make nei choru with millets but this ghee rice you have presented is so inviting. And lots of information about ghee rice in this post. Lovely

  18. I need ghee rice anytime I make a North Indian platter. Just roti and subzi does not do it for me and ghee rice completes the recipe. Such a simple recipe, but works wonderful with any curry! Looks so good and beautiful!

  19. Ghee rice looks perfect I can eat some pickle or curry. you made it very well. Great treat.

  20. I bet this is fantastic with a coconut based curry as you suggested! This sounds like an easy and delicious side.

  21. Ghee rice looks amazing and I make this rice regularly especially Sundays.Beautiful clicks and lovely share.


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