Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nei Soru | Ghee Rice | Ghee Rice in Pressure Cooker

Nei Soru / Ghee Rice, a simple yet very aromatic one pot rice that goes well with any non vegetarian curry. It's one of the rice that i used to make often at home and i love the simplicity of this rice and its flavor. 
In my school days,when we had relatives at home or the day after kovil kodai(Temple festival that comes once in a year) or on any special occasion, Amma used to prepare either nei soru or thengai soru(Coconut milk rice) along with mutton curry and it was before Biryani got "Popular" in our home. But still I prefer nei soru paired with mutton/chicken/egg curry and raita over any biryani recipe. Usually this rice is prepared with jeeraga samba rice/Biryani rice, but in today's recipe, i have used Basmati rice, both rice are good in their own way and gives unique flavor to this rice. 

Nei Soru/Ghee Rice

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes : 2 to 3 
Recipe Category: Rice | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Home made Ghee - 2 tbsp
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Mint - a handful
Green chili - 2
Onion(medium) - 1/2
Tomato(medium) - 1/2
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Cashews - 5
Salt - to taste

First rinse and soak the rice for 20 mins, chop the onions into thin slices, tomato into small pieces and slit the green chilies.Heat the pressure cooker  with ghee.Add the whole spices(cinnamon,cloves cardamom & bay leaf) and saute it in ghee for 30 secs, add the cashew and roast till it becomes golden brown, then add the onions & chili and saute till the onions become translucent.Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell leaves, then add the roughly chopped mint leaves & tomatoes ,saute for 1 mins, then add the water.Add enough salt for the rice,bring into vigorous boil, drain the water from the rice and add into the boiling water.Again bring into boil and close the pressure cooker with lid and put on weight. Cook it for 3 whistles. Once the pressure is released from pressure cooker, open it,  drizzle some ghee(optional) and gently mix it well.Tada, Nei Soru/Ghee Rice is ready. Serve it with any non vegetarian curry & raita.
  • The whole flavor of the rice comes from the ghee, so use good quality ghee and  i have used home made ghee.
  • Instead of basmati rice, you can use jeeraga samba rice, that too taste good.
  • Don't reduce the amount of ghee mentioned.Otherwise the rice won't be flavorful.

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