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fragrant and spiced ghee rice with kaima rice
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine gluten free, Indian, Kerala, Malabar, Vegetarian
Servings 4 people


to cook the rice

  • 1.5 cup Raw rice ( shortgrain, kaima rice)
  • 3 cups drinking water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 2 bayleaves
  • 3 green cardamom (crushed)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root (pounded)
  • 3 cloves

for the garnishes

  • 3 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 1 large red onion (Sliced thin)
  • 2-3 tbsp cashew nuts


  • Use a moist cloth and clean the rice by rubbing on it.
  • Into a pressure cooker, add the tbsp of ghee and add the spices into it.
  • As the spices roast and add the rice and mix it well.
  • Once the rice is well coated add the salt and water and cook the rice.
    cooking rice
  • Of using a pressure cooker, the rice will need about 2 whistles.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate pan add the three tbsp ghee and bring it to heat.
  • Add the sliced onion, on medium heat roast till the onion is translucent and golden brown.
  • Now add the cashew nuts and roast them.
  • Once this is ready set aside till the rice is cooked
  • Release pressure naturally for the rice and fluff it well with a fork. Add ha;f of the roasted onions and cashew nuts and mix well.
  • Transfer into a serving dish and garnish with the rest of the golden onions.
  • Serve warm. If serving later keep covered and warm.
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To prepare this recipe in the instant pot

Proceed with the steps as above and here are the changes
Set the mode to saute to fry the spices. Add the rice and saute as well.
Once this is done add water and set to pressure cook mode, 7 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally and fluff the rice.
Proceed with the rest of the steps as above.
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