Recipe for Indian Flavoured Rice In 20 Steps – Zafrani Ghee Rice


(Serves 3)


  • 1.5 Cup Rice (Basmati preferably)
  • 4.5 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
  • 15 cashews
  • 1 medium sized onion thinly sliced
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 2.25 inches cinnamon stick
  • 4.5 cardamom pieces
  • 4.5 cloves
  • 3 single thin strands of mace
  • 6 balls of black pepper
  • 1.5 Bay Leaf


  1. Wash the rice and keep draining till the water runs clear.
  2. Soak it in potable water for 40 minutes.
  3. Take 15 cashews and soak it in a separate bowl of hot water
  4. Once the rice is soaked, take a deep vessel and pour in 4 tbsp of clarified butter.
  5. Add all the spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, mace, pepper, bay leaf)
  6. As soon as the spices start crackling, add 3/4 of the sliced onions. Make sure you dont burn the spices and add the onions quick enough.
  7. Sautee the onions till they are golden-brown in colour or caramelised.
  8. Now, drain out the water from the soaked rice, and add the grains to the vessel.
  9. Gently stir and coat the rice with all the clarified butter and spices.
  10. Add 2.75 cups of water to the vessel.
  11. Add 1/3 tsp of salt.
  12. Mix very well and try to get the spices on top.
  13. Cover the vessel and let it simmer on low flame till all the rice is cooked.
  14. Keep checking the rice, and after 15 minutes, check if all the water is soaked up and the rice is cooked/fluffy.
  15. Make sure the spices dont burn so don’t leave the rice unattended for too long.
  16. Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat and let it stay for a couple of minutes on the stove to take in the excess heat.
  17. Transfer the rice to a serving dish.
  18. Now, in a separate pan, sautee cashews and the remaining onions in clarified butter till they are golden-brown. Make sure they dont get black and burnt.
  19. Drizzle this entire mixture of the cashews and onions in clarified butter on top of the rice in the serving dish and spread evenly.
  20. Serve hot with a side of curry or just enjoy the strong flavours and eat it plain!

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