Bhagara Rice

What is unique about Bhagara Rice

The word ‘Bhagara’ comes from the word ‘Bhagaar-Dena ‘ meaning tempering. So literally this rice recipe tempered with aromatic flavourings.
A conventional Hyderabadi rice  recipe,  its origin can be attributed to the Mogul times where it was prepared by the khansamas as a more modest version of the spiced biryani
Very simple and easy to make, yet very flavoursome, this versatile rice dish goes well with just any type of curry whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian!!
I would say a must-try recipe for every food lover

Ingredients for Bhagara Rice

Basmati Rice – 500 gms , washed and soaked in water for 1 hour
Clarified butter(Ghee )- 4 tablespoons
Cloves -1-2
Cardamom – 1
Bay leaves – 2 medium
Shahi jeera – 1 teaspoon
Green Chilies – 2-3 slit into halves
Salt to taste

Method for Bhagara Rice

In a medium-sized heavy-bottomed vessel heat the ghee in low flame
Throw in the whole spices -cloves, cardamom, bay leaves and shahi jeera to temper the ghee
As the sweet aromas of the garam masalas start coming through, add the ginger garlic paste and green chillies
Sauté for a bit and add in the strained rice to the tempered gravy
Mix the rice gently with a flattened ladle and add water to cook in the ratio of 1:2 ( 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water)
Add in the salt and leave the rice to cook until 3/4 th done
Cover the rice with a lid and leave it to cook on low flame for about 10 minutes
Remove the lid and give the rice a little mix to check if the rice is still moisture if so then continue to cook for some time till the rice appears fluffy
Serve the bhagara rice garnished with fresh coriander. Enjoy !!

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