Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nei Soru | Ghee Rice | Ghee Rice in Pressure Cooker

Nei Soru / Ghee Rice, a simple yet very aromatic and delicious one pot rice that goes well with any non vegetarian/spicy vegetarian curry. It's one of the rice that i used to make often at home and we simply love this rice for its wonderful aroma and taste. 

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 give unique flavor to the rice. So use whichever rice you prefer.  
In my school days, when we had relatives at home or on 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 since there would be a lot of coconut  from temple festival and it was way before biryani got "Popular" in our home. 

But still I prefer nei soru/thengai pal satham paired with mutton/chicken/egg curry and raita over any biryani recipe. 

Related : How to make flavorful and grainy Ghee at home 

Nei Soru/Ghee Rice

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes : 2 to 3 
Recipe Category: Rice | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Nei Soru, Ghee Rice, One pot Rice, Pressure cooker rice, Tamilnadu Nei Soru, Nei Satham, Ghee Satham Nei Soru / Ghee Rice, a simple yet very aromatic and delicious one pot rice that goes well with any non vegetarian/spicy vegetarian curry.
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
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 your favorite curry & raita. We had it with egg kurma and onion raita.
For more rice recipe, check out here 
  • 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.
  • For more flavor, add a pinch of kalpaasi also.

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