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Indian Rice Recipes

The word rice may mean different things to different people. It means Rice with Fish Curry to a Bengali, to a South Indian it may mean Sambar-Chawal or for a Muslim, it is the aromatic Biryani. But come what may, it is cherished in different ways in different parts of the country and every preparation is unique and exquisite. This section contains recipes to various aromatic Indian rice preparations.

Shahi Nawabi Biryani

Shahi Nawabi Biryani is enriched with flavours from kitchen of Nawabs . The name nawabi is due to the fact that lots of variety of nuts and dry fruits are used in this super rich biryani.

½ kg Basmati Rice (semi-cooked)
1 kg Boneless Meat (washed and chopped into square pieces)
500 gm Curd
4-6 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
4-6 Green Chilli
8-10 Big Onions (sliced)
¼ cup Lime Juice
½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
½ A pinch of Caraway Seeds (Shahi Zeera)
5-6 twigs Coriander Leaves (chopped)
5-6 twigs Mint Leaves (chopped)
2-4 pinch Saffron,pods Cardamom, Cinnamon
2-3 drops Saffron Color
1-2 pods Clove
2 cup Oil
2 tsp Ghee
Salt to taste
How to make Shahi Nawabi Biryani :
Smear the pieces of meat with ginger-garlic paste.
Keep them to marinate for an hour.
In the meanwhile, fry the sliced onions in a heated pan on low flame till light brown.
Let the onions cool down and crush them.
Now add crushed fried onion (only three-fourth), curd, red chilli powder, cinnamon, green chilli paste, cardamom, shahi zeera, coriander leaves, clove, saffron water, mint leaves and salt to the marinated meat.
Leave the meat as it is for 1 hour
Make the mixture of aromatic water by adding salt (one tsp), cinnamon, clove, cardamom, mint leaves and coriander leaves in a little water.
Now spread a layer of semi-cooked rice in a heavy bottomed vessel.
Add saffron color, limejuice, ghee and the remaining crushed onions over the layer of rice.
Spread a layer of marinated meat over this, and again spread the remaining semi-cooked rice.
Now add the aromatic water in a circular motion over the rice layer.
Now tightly cover the vessel with a lid. Keep it on a low flame on tawa.
Remove the vessel from the flame exactly after 15 minutes.
Shahi Nawabi Biryani is ready to eat. Serve hot.
Garnish with Coriander and mint leaves and small piece of Lemon.

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable biryani is a traditional mughlai main course item loaded with chopped vegetables, spices, saffron and dry fruits.

2 cups Basmati Rice
1 cup Mixed Vgetable (cauliflower, potato, carrot, french beans)
150 gms Green Peas
3 Finely Sliced Onion
2 Finely Sliced Green Chillies
Salt to taste
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
2 tsp Cinnamon(dalchini), Caraway Seeds(zeera)
4 Cloves (laung)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
4 Tomato
1/2 cup Yogurt (curd)
4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
3 tbsp Dry Fruits (cashew nuts, raisin)
How to make vegitable biryani:
Wash the basmati rice well before cooking.Then take rice with 3-3/4 cup water and a little salt added to it and 2 tbsp of dry fruits.Cook it in pressure cooker or in a pan or microwave.
Cut all the vegetables into small thin pieces and fry each one of it separately in oil. Fry the green peas also.
Take 1 tblsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, green chilli, cinnamon and caraway seeds powder, cloves, black pepper powder and stir for about half minute. Then add onions and saute them for a minute ot till they get pink in color.
Add salt and red chilli powder and stir.
Add fine chopped tomatoes and fry till they are properly cooked.
Take the yogurt and make it fine by putting in a blender for just 2 rotations. Add this fine yogurt and stir well.Heat it for about 10 seconds.
Add all the fried vegetables.
Add the cooked rice and mix well with very light hands so that the rice grain doesn't break. Cook for about 3 minutes.
Take this vegetable biryani out in a rice serving dish.
Garnish with dry fruits and green coriander leaves.
Serve the vegetable (veg ) biryani hot with raita and pickle.

Kashmiri Pulao

A kind of sweet and unconventional pulao, loaded with the goodness of dry fruits, rich cream and some spices. Kashmiri Pulao is aromatic, mild and sweet. kashmiri pulao is one of the easiest pulao recipes to make and unlike other pulaos this one is on the sweeter side.

500gms Long Grain (Basmati) Rice
100gms Onion sliced vertically
5gms Cinnamon (dalchini)
5gms cardamom (Elaichi)
5gms cloves
a pinch of turmeric powder
1gm saffron (kesar)
10 ml Milk
20gms walnut
20gms cashew nut
1litre water
50gms oil
salt to taste
How to make kashmiri pulao:
Wash and soak rice.
Heat oil and fry onions till golden brown and remove.
Fry whole spices, turmeric powder, add rice and sauté.
Add half-saffron dissolved in little warm milk.
Add hot water and mix well.
Cook a little. Finish with remaining saffron and cook till grains are separated and done.
Garnish kashmiri pulao with fried onions, walnuts & cashew nuts.

Vangh Bhath (Brinjal Rice)

This is a spicy rice recipe, from South India, made by tempering the brinjals or eggplants with mustard seeds and curry leaves and then mixing with boiled rice. It is very tasty as well as complete meal in itself.

3 cups plain rice
1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
a few curry leaves
3 tsp. vegetable oil
3 cups eggplant (brinjals)
3 tsp. finely sliced green chillies
Salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder
3 tsp lemon juice
How to make brinjal rice:
Boil rice and keep aside.
In a large pan fry the mustard seeds, curry leaves, add the eggplant (brinjal) and green chillies. Stir on low flame, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Add salt and turmeric powder cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from fire and add lemon juice stir well and mix with the rice. Stir gently allowing each grain to coat.

Rice Khichdi

Learn how to make nutritious and tasty Khichdi with toor dal and rice.

2 cups rice
1 cup toor dhal
5 cloves
1 cinnamon
5 cardamom
2 finely sliced onion
6 to 8 small size tomatoes
4 slitted into halves green chillies
12 to 15 mint leaves
1/2 bundle corriander leaves
1 tsp garlic paste
1 1/2 tsp ginger paste
salt to taste
1/4 cup veg. oil
a few curry leaves
3 cups water
a pinch of turmeric powder
How to make rice khichdi:
Wash and cook dhal with a pinch of turmeric powder. Set aside.
Don't discard the cooked dhal water.
Fry the onions, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
When onions are golden add slit green chillies, mint, curry leaves and a part of the corriander leaves.
Keep the remaining corriander leaves for garnishing.
Add salt, ginger and garlic paste. Fry for 2 minutes.
Add the washed, drained rice and chopped tomatoes. Fry for few minutes.
Add the cooked dhal, mix well and add 3 cups of water.
Add cooked dhal water. Cook it for 8 to 10 minutes till the rice is done.
Garnish with chopped corriander leaves and serve hot.

Palak Rice

Learn how to make palak rice by cooking spinach and rice with onion, tomatoes and garam masala.

1/2 bunch (cut into small pieces) palak
a pod garlic
a small piece of ginger
1 chopped onion
1 tomato
a few sprigs of curry leaves
1 mashed potato
1 cup basamathi rice
salt to taste
1/2 tblsp garam masala powder (optional)

For Seasoning
1 tblsp mustard
1/2 tblsp urud and channa dal
1/2 tblsp green chillies and red chillies (cut into pieces)
How to make palak rice:
First wash and cut the palak into small pieces and keep aside.
Then cook the basmathi rice and set aside.
Now take a wok, pour some oil and when the oil is hot, add all the seasoning ingredients and fry till done.
Now add the onions, tomatoes and cut palak and nicely mix and close with a lid.
Let the whole thing cook very well.
When it is done, add garam masala powder if you want and saute for a minute.
Take it wok from fire and add the rice and mix it well.
Take a wok, pour some oil and put the mashed potatoes and roast it slightly and when done add the curry leaves and put into palak rice and mix well.
Serve with raita.

Kesar Pulao

Kesar pulao is prepared on special occasions in north India. It's aroma makes you want to eat it, even more.

1cup long grain (basmati) Rice
1cup Sugar (or according to taste)
3-4 Cardamom (green elaichi, split & crushed)
Few strands of Saffron (kesar)
4 cloves
1 1/2 tbsp Mixed Dry fruits (Pista, cashewnut, almond)chopped
1tsp Raisins
a Pinch of saffron (kesar)color dissolved in 2tsp warm water
2 tbsp pure ghee
1 tbsp mustard seeds
silver paper (varak)
Water for boiling rice.
How to make kesar (saffron) rice:
Wash soak and drain rice.
Bring water to boil and add the rice and simmer the flame.
When rice is half done add sugar (dissolved in little water) and ghee.
When fully done add the saffron, cardamom, cloves and half of the dry fruit.
Stir gently and cover for 10 minutes.
Garnish it with remaining dry fruit and silver paper.
Serve the kesar pulao fresh and hot.

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a delicious South Indian dish you can easily put together when in a hurry. You can also make it with leftover rice. Serve Lemon Rice with a Raita (yogurt salad) and Poppadums for a simple yet tasty meal.

2cups boiled Rice
1/3rd cup Lemon Rice
6Tbsp Oil
1/2tsp Black Mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
3-4 green chilies
Salt to taste
1/4th tsp. turmeric powder
1/4th cup peanuts
How to make lemon rice:
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, allow to splutter.
Add turmeric powder and peanuts, fry till brown.
Now add green chilies, curry leaves, salt and fry for 2 minutes.
Take it off from the flame and add lemon juice and mix well.
Now add this to the boiled rice and mix well.Lemon rice is ready to be served.

Curd Rice

Curd rice is close to every south indians heart, especially for the brahmins, who would not hesitate to admit that it is ambrosia for them. Serve a south indian a hearty meal, but he or she is unlikely to be appeased unless the meal is suitably concluded with curd rice, which has a soothing effect, balancing the effect of other spicy dishes!

1 Cup Boiled Rice
2 cups of plain yogurt (Curd)
2 Tbsp Oil
1/4 cup milk
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1-2 green chilies
1 tsp. chana daal
1 tsp. urad daal
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped ginger
2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp. salt
How to make curd rice:
In a saucepan heat 2 tablespoonful of oil.
Add mustard seeds to the oil.
When the mustard seeds start popping add chana and urad daal.
After a minute, add in the ginger, coriander and green chilies.
Saut them for a minute.
Take the pan off the gas. Add in the rice.
Mix the salt and desiccated coconut.
Just before serving, mix all the ingredients with yogurt (curd) and milk. Curd rice is ready to be served.

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