Masala Choru/ Rice

Not being in a mood to write anything... it was then I found this online... thought of sharing it here as a reminder for myself first... After all, "Innamal a'amaalu binniyyath..." (Deeds are all based on intentions. - Bukhari, Muslim)

Sharing with all of you today, a very simple one pot meal, which is so similar to biriyani without any non-vegetarian element in it. I stumbled upon this recipe in one of the many cook books that I have and decided to make it, not sure how it would turn out to be. I must say that for people who are fine with having rice with just pickle and raita, this is one of the best ways to make rice. I served with this with a chicken curry, that I will share the recipe soon, but personally I had this rice with just a chicken piece, a liberal dose of garlic pickle and a couple of pappadams. Loved all the flavors that were there in this rice... 

Masala Choru/ Rice
Serves 4


2 cups basmati rice, washed and drained
4 cups water
1 tbsp ghee
6 cashews, split
1 small onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green chillies, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
4 tbsp frozen green peas
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish


Heat the ghee. Fry the cashews and reserve. 

Add the onions, garlic, chillies and tomato and cook till the tomatoes get all mashed up. Add in all the powders and saute for around 5 minutes. Add the frozen green peas along with the water. Bring to boil. Add in the rice and adjust the salt. Allow the water to boil again on high flame. Then reduce the flame to the lowest and cook on closed lid till the rice is done. 

Fluff up the rice using a fork before serving. Serve garnished with the cashews and coriander leaves. 

This rice does not seem to need any curry. It looks better to serve with a dry non-vegetarian side, like Chicken Chukka or Simple Chicken Roast.

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