Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru

Malabar Ghee Rice | Neychoru

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Malabar Ghee Rice | Neychoru | Soft and Fluffy White Colored Neisaadam | with step by step photos and video. An aromatic savory rice dish made with rice, ghee and spices. A Malabar special recipe from the Kerala cuisine. In Malayalam ‘nei’ or ‘ney’ means ghee and ‘choru’ means rice.

This pairs well with any spicy mutton or chicken curry or any vegetable curry. This ghee rice preparation is very simple and easy to make and every common preparation for special occasions like family gatherings or parties. If you are looking for a variation from Briyani and Pulav, don’t hesitate. This recipe is exactly what you ought to try.

Which Rice to select?

Jeerakasaala rice also known as kaima rice is widely used in malabar region to prepare ghee rice and biryani. Moreover, this short grain has a unique aroma. For the authentic version of this nei choru recipe, do use seeraga samba rice (kaima rice or jeerakasala rice). If you do not have this variety of rice, then use basmati rice as the next option.

Ratio of rice to water:

For 1 cup of Jeerakasaala rice 11/2 cup of water is enough. So the rice to water ratio is 1:1.5. This can vary based on the brands you use. Do understand the rice and then use the amount of water. Hope 1:1.5 or 1:2 works best.

How to make Malabar ghee rice or neychoru recipe?

Malabar Ghee Rice | Neychoru | Neisaadam | with step by step photos and video. Rice infused with flavor of spices, dry fruits and ghee give a unique taste. One of the popular rice recipe made especially for celebrations and occasion feast. even though it is flavoured, it needs a side dish to be served with and more often it is served with choice of semi-gravy or gravy recipes like spicy chicken roast, kadai chicken, mutton curry, and beef korma. But you can also be served with any spicy dal based curries too. The making of rice involves some steps :

  • Soaking Rice
  • Preparations (Fry cashews, raisins, onions and carrots)
  • Cooking
  • Dum Process

This method yields you soft and fluffy rice. Tis recipe guarantees you the the color of the rice to be white jasmine flowers.

Malabar Ghee Rice | Neychoru

Course: MainCuisine: IndianDifficulty: easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Soaking Time

30

minutes
Total time

40

minutes

Malabar Ghee Rice | Neychoru | Neisaadam | with step by step photos and video. An aromatic savory rice dish made with rice, ghee and spices.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of JeerakaSaala Rice or kaima Rice

  • 2 tbsp Ghee + 1 tbsp Ghee

  • 1 tbsp Oil

  • 10 to 15 Cashews & Raisins

  • 1/4 cup Chopped Carrots

  • 3/4 cup Onion Finely Chopped

  • 4 Cardamoms

  • 2″ inch Cinnamon Stick

  • 3 Cloves

  • 1 Star Annise

  • 2 Bay Leaf

  • 1 tsp Ginger Finely Chopped

  • 1/4 tsp Fennel Seeds

  • 1/2 of an Onion Finely Chopped

  • 3 cups of Water

  • Salt as required

Recipe Video

Directions

  • Soaking the Rice
  • Firstly, wash 2 cups of kaima rice twice or thrice. Now soak the rice for 30 to 45 minutes.Malabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • After 30 minutes, drain the rice & keep them aside.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Preparations for Rice
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee and 1 tbsp oil in a pan.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Fry 10 to 15 cashews, 10 to 15 raisins, 1/4 cup chopped carrots (fry for 1 minutes), 3/4 cup finely sliced onion(until it turns crispy & golden) and 2 green chillies separately. Drain from oil and keep them aside.Malabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Making Ghee Rice
  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel. Pour the excess oil from the pan used for preparations. If you feel the oil is not sufficient add 1 to 3 tbsp ghee.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Add the whole spice 4 Cardamoms, 2″ inch Cinnamon Stick, 3 Cloves, 1 Star Annise and 2 Bay Leaves. Saute till the spices splutter and crackle.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Then add 1 tsp Ginger Finely Chopped and 1/4 tsp Fennel Seeds. Saute them for 30 seconds over a low flame.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Now add 1/2 of an onion thinly sliced and saute until it turns translucent.Malabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Then add in 3 cups of water. Season with salt as per taste. Check the taste of the water and it should taste slightly salty. If not, then add some salt.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Add juice of half lemon. This is completely optional.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Allow it to boil. Once it starts to boil add the drained rice. Mix them well.Malabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes over a low flame or until rice is 80% cooked.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Now switch off the flame. Top the rice with fried cashews, raisins, chillies, carrots and fried onions.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Cover the vessel with a aluminium foil and close it with the lid.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Dum Process
  • Heat a pan for 5 minutes over a medium flame. Then reduce the flame from medium to low.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Place the pot on the top of the pan.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Dum for 15 minutes over a low flame.
  • After 15 minutes, switch off the flame.
  • Poke the rice with a fork. Soft and fluffy white color flavored ghee rice is ready.Malabar Ghee Rice NeychoruMalabar Ghee Rice Neychoru
  • Serve with a spicy chicken roast.Malabar Ghee Rice Neychoru

Notes

  • Based on the quality of rice, the rice to water ratio may vary. But do understand the rice and then use the amount of water. Hope 1:1.5 or 1:2 works best.
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