Kerala Easy Ghee Rice | Nei Choru

Kerala Easy Ghee Rice | Nei Choru

Kerala Easy Ghee Rice

Kerala Easy Ghee Rice | Nei Choru is an aromatic savory rice dish made with rice, ghee and spices. This recipe is a Malabar special and from the Kerala cuisine. 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 dal recipe. 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 your looking for a variation from Briyani and Pulav, don’t hesitate. This recipe is exactly what you ought to try. Try this delicous Nei Choru dish during your weekend with your favourite curry and enjoy with your family.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 6 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 3 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.
  • SautT 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 10-12 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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