Jan 25, 2016

Perfect Ghee Rice Recipe - South Indian Wedding Style Nei Choru Recipe

I was looking for a wedding style ghee rice recipe for a long time, finally got it from my aunty and when i tried it, the rice turned out to be delicious. I loved it to the core and the rice turned out to be perfectly flavourful.

There are few steps required to make the perfect ghee rice.

1) Wash and soak rice for a good 30 mins
2)Roast the drained rice well in oil so it is coated with oil and gets dry with no water content.
3)Now add in the ground masala and toast it well so the rice gets nicely coated with the masala. It will take around 5 to 7 mins.
4)Add the required amount of water content.
5)Cook it just for 1 whistle, and put the whole cooker over a  tawa on low heat for 15 mins so the rice gets cooked to perfection.

Follow these steps to get the perfect ghee rice

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 45 mins
Serves: 5 to 6


Oil - 1/4 cup
Cardamom / Yelakai - 6 crushed
Black Cumin Seeds / Shahi Jeera - 2 tsp
Brinji ilai / Pandan Leaves - 2
Basmati Rice - 2 cup
Coconut Milk - 2 cups
Water - 1.5 cup
Salt to taste
Green Chillies - 2 slit

For Grinding:
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup
Mint Leaves - 1/2 cup
Green Chillies - 3
Ginger - 5 inch peeled
Garlic - 10 cloves peeled
Cloves / Krambu - 10
Cardamom / Yelakai - 10
Cinnamon / Pattai - 2 stick

For Topping:

Oil for deep frying
Ghee - 3 to 4 tblspn
Cashews a handful
Raisans a handful
Onion - 2 large sliced thinly
Curry leaves a big handful
Coriander leaves a big handful
Mint Leaves a big handful


Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 mins. Grind all the ingredients to a smooth puree, set aside.

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a pressure cooker, add in cardamom, cumin and let them sizzle.

Now add in drained rice and fry it for 6 to 7 mins till the rice is nicely toasted. 

Add in the ground masala and fry it for few mins so the masala is nicely coated with rice.

Now add in coconut milk, water, salt, green chillies and mix well. Bring it to a boil, simmer the flame, cook covered for 1 whistle, then put the pressure cooker over a tawa and let it cook on very low heat for 15 mins. 

When the rice is cooking, make the topping. Heat oil for deep frying, add in cashews and fry till golden, now add in onions and fry till golden as well. Remove it and set aside. 

Now add in curry leaves and fry till golden, drain and set aside.

Now add in coriander leaves and fry till golden, drain and set aside.

Add in mint leaves and fry till golden. Drain and set aside.

Once the rice is cooked, open it and fluffy it lightly. Now spoon this in a large bowl and let it cool lightly, now add the fried things over the rice and fluff it up.

Serve with any curries.

Measure rice in a bowl

Wash it and soak for 30 mins

Take all the ingredients for grinding

Take all the ingredients in a blender

Puree till smooth

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add in cardamom, cumin seeds

Add in brinji leaves

Add in drained rice

now comes the important part, you have to keep frying the rice

fry and toast the rice for 2 mins

Now add in pureed masala

toast it well so the masala coats the rice..it will take around 5 to 6 mins

now you can see each grains is nicely coated with the masala

Add in coconut milk

and some water

mix well

add in salt

add in green chillies

mix well

bring it to a boil and cook for 5 mins..Now cover the cooker and cook for 1 whistle

Now place the cooker over a tawa and cook on low heat for 15 mins

Now make the fried things

Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying

Add in cashews and fry till golden..you can remove it and set aside

But i added onions along with it as well

Fry till golden

Now it is done

Drain and set aside

Now add curry leaves in the oil

fry till crispy

drain and set aside

Now take coriander leaves

fry till crispy..remove it and set aside

now add in mint leaves

fry till crispy


Now the rice is done

Remove it to a bowl

add the topping over the rice

Add in ghee

mix well



  1. This sounds so delicious but I bet I cannot find the ingredients here! Hope you are well Diane

  2. Flavorful and perfectly cooked ghee Rice.

  3. @My Life in the Charente .....
    Diane I think you can find these ingredients in Charente. This is a great recipe. Try it. Omit the ingredients that aren't available but do give it a try

  4. Love ghee rice Aarthi .. . Will definitely try your recipe. Love

  5. This looks so tempting! I have been a regular reader on your website and must say the recipes are wonderful. I am soon going to try this ghee rice recipe with my favourite Gowardhan ghee and would definitely share my experience here.

  6. Wow...

    It looks so yummy...

    I wish I could try this once...


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