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Ghee rice | Ghee pulao | Simple ghee pulav

Ghee rice or ghee pulao is a variety rice recipe prepared with basmati rice and ghee with fried cashews. Ghee pulav is served with any kind of spicy gravy.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 450 kcal


To cook rice:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 l water (approx.)

To Season:

  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 mace
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 green chilli
  • 2 tbsp cashew
  • 1 tbsp dry grapes



  • Slice onions.
  • Rinse and soak the basmati rice with enough water for 20 minutes.

Recipe to make ghee rice:

  • In a large vessel, boil water. Add bay leaf, cardamom, salt and let the water come to full boiling.
  • When water is boiling fully, add the soaked basmati rice and mix gently.
  • Cook the rice for around ten minutes until the grains become soft. But be careful not to cook until mushy stage.
  • Once the rice is done, drain the extra water completely and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in a pan, fry star anise and cardamom. You can use cloves also if you like.
  • Add sliced onions and fry them to deep brown color.
  • By this time a wonderful aroma arises from the browned onions. Now transfer the onions from the pan to a plate and keep aside.
  • In the same pan with the remaining ghee, add green chillies, broken cashews and dry grapes.
  • Roast these items to golden color.
  • Now add these fried cashews, grapes to the cooked basmati rice and mix gently.
  • Sprinkle the reserved browned onions on top of it and switch off.
  • Serve hot or box for lunch with gravy.


Tips/notes: 1) If you want a no onion ghee rice recipe, just skip it. But the brown onions enhance the taste of the rice. 2) For making the ghee pulao in a pressure cooker, use 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of basmati rice. 3) Don't replace ghee with butter or oil as they may alter the taste of the ghee rice.


Calories: 450kcal
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