Sunday, October 18, 2009

Simple Ghee(Clarified Butter) Rice

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Ghee aka clarified butter is a major player in the Indian kitchen. Ghee is made by melting butter to separate the milk solids from the liquid on the surface. This liquid is simmered until all the moisture evaporates and the milk solids begin to brown. The result is a clarified butter that keeps well.I love to use ghee to make sweets or simply to flavor rice.This is a recipe for Ghee Rice at its simplest! 
  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 , medium, vertically slit
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Olive oil - 1 tbsp
  • Bay Leaf - 1
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1
  • Pepper corns - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Water - 1 1/2 cups
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Salt for taste
  • Soak the basmati rice for 15mins
  • In a pan, heat the oil and melt the ghee
  • Add all the dry spices and onions and fry till the onions are browned.
  • Drain the rice and add it to the pan. Give a gentle stir and let the rice coat with oil.
  • Add the water and milk. Throw in the salt. Check for taste and cook the rice in low flame until all water evaporates for about 15 mins.
  • Serve it with any choice of side dish. Mini Stuffed Eggplants in Kadai Gravy complements the Ghee Rice extremely well.

Makes 2 servings.

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