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Saturday, January 10, 2015

HYDERABADI BAGARA RICE - Indian Spiced Rice - Bagara Khana

Hyderabadi Bagara Rice - Bagara Annam -Bhagara Khana 

is must and much sought main course dish in Hyderabadi Royal cusine,Rice cooked with spices and herbs.Simple preparation and can be served with any side dish in veg or Non Veg,but generally goes well with Bagara baingan or Mirch ka salan 


1  cup Basmati Rice (full cup -Heaped)
1 big Onion, finely sliced
2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
12-15 Cashew nuts ,split into halves(optional)
8-10 Mint leaves(optional)
1/2 Tea spoon Zeera Rice/Cumin Seeds
1 small bunch of Corriander leaves (Cilantro Leaves) Optional 
Green peas (optional)
3/4" Cinnamon
3-4 Cloves
2-3 Green Cardamom
1-2 Bay leaves
1 tsp Shahjeera (black cumin seeds)
2 star annise
1 Black cardomom (big)
2-3 slit green chillies 
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee

Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 10 mins.Do not wash more than twice as it looses its fragrance.
Heat oil and ghee in a thick kadai/pan(or cooker) and fry cashew nuts until they turn golden in color and remove them and keep aside.In the same oil add Cumin seeds,shahi jeera and let them crackle. Keep the flame to low
Add cloves,green cardamom,cinnamon  bay leaves and all other spices and fry them for a minute.Slighly open the cardamom pods before adding so that they do not splutter.
Add  thinly sliced onions and fry until they become translucent and then add ginger-garlic paste and fry well.
Add drained basmati rice and fry well for a couple of minutes until its dry,do this step carefully as the rice might get broken.

Add 2 cups of water and let it come to a boil and add salt and mint leaves and cover it and let it simmer for 12-15 mins until done.If you are preparing it in cooker,pressure cook for 1 whistle and simmer it for 5-7 mins.

When the pressure drops,gently fluff it up using a fork and add fried cashew  nuts and mix.

Garnish with fried onions(optional) and cashew nuts.

Serve it hot with  any spicy gravy and raitha,papad..

Non Vegetraians can serve with their choicest side dishes 

PS : For Side Dish ,Bagar Baingan,you can see the recipe in this same blog