Kerala Easy Ghee Rice | Nei Choru


Kerala Easy Ghee Rice is a super aromatic and classic rice dish made with Basmati rice, an ample amount of ghee, whole spices, raisins and cashews. You find the dish quite popular in the Malabar region. Kerala Easy Ghee Rice is served for festive occasions with a spicy lip smacking side dish. This is a very simple recipe and takes your simple meal to a different level. Rather than having plain steamed rice, some more work and you get a fragrant and delicious rice that goes with any side dish. If you are looking for a variation from the usual Briyani and Pulav dishes, don’t hesitate. This recipe is exactly what you ought to try. The dish cooks up in a single pot, is totally approved by kids’ due to its mild flavors and goes pretty well with almost anything. Nei Choru is very easy to prepare. Basmati rice is sauteed and cooked with whole spices and ample amount of ghee. Later Nei Choru is garnished with fried onions and crunchy ghee fried raisins and cashews.

What makes Kerala Easy Ghee Rice really yumm, unique and special is the traditional Indian ghee, the star of the dish, that imparts a wonderful flavor and aroma. For that authentic and original ghee flavor, I extract ghee from milk at my home and use it for dishes. Apart from being a staple in South Indian homes, Kerala Easy Ghee Rice is a recent trending dish in restaurants, parties and social gatherings. Nei Choru is usually served with a vegetarian or non-vegetarian kuruma dish or sometimes even with a lentil dish. For kids this is a well favored fuss free dish since they have an aversion for spicy dishes. Try this delicous Nei Choru dish during your weekend with your favourite curry and enjoy with your family.


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Kerala Easy Ghee Rice | Nei Choru

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 4 tbsp Ghee
  • ½ cup Cashew nuts
  • ½ cup Raisins Onakka munthiri
  • 2 nos Onions sliced
  • 1 tsp Ginger finely crushed
  • 1 tsp garlic finely crushed
  • 2 nos Cinnamon Karugapatta
  • 4 nos Cardamom Elakka
  • 2 Bay leaves Vazhana/Karuga ela
  • 3 sprigs Coriander leaves
  • cups Water
  • Salt As reqd


  • Wash and drain rice. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan.
  • Fry half of the sliced onions, until golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
  • In the remaining ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins separately.
  • Add the rest of the ghee to this pan.
  • Saute all the spices, ginger & garlic and fry for a while.
  • Add rest of the sliced onions and fry, until translucent.
  • Add rice and fry for about 3-4 minutes approx. making sure that the grains are not broken.
  • Pour water and increase the heat to high.
  • Add salt and as soon as the water starts to boil, simmer and add coriander leaves.
  • Cover the pan with a tight lid and cook, until the rice is done and the water is totally absorbed.
  • Garnish with fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins.


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Response (12)
  1. G
    Gopal December 25, 2007

    For 2 cups of rice, the amount of onion, cashew and raisins are too much ( probably half would be enough). Also, rice takes only 3-4 min to be fried ( as others have noted). Better to cook in pressure cooker.

    Very easy and tasty recipe.

  2. s
    sneha November 11, 2006

    The rice need only 3 or 5 mints of frying. if you fry more there is a chance of overcooking.

  3. A
    Ajayan December 25, 2006

    3-5 Mts is enough to fry rice.

  4. D
    Deepa`s October 26, 2005

    Finger licking

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