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Simple Biryani Rice

Author Marina J (Mommy Snippets)


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 inch cinnamon bark
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee/ clarified butter
  • 1 red onion-halved and sliced
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup raisins optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Salt to taste.
  • Salt to taste


  1. Boil the water in a pot, making sure you throw in the spices, turmeric powder and enough salt to season the water well.
  2. Once the water is at a boil add the basmati rice in and wait till it cooks just right. (Should be just cooked, the way pasta is al dente)
  3. When done, strain the rice out of the water and set aside.
  4. Now place a pan on the stove and add 2-3 tbsps of ghee in the same. Heat on low heat/flame
  5. Saute the onions, cashews and raisins in the ghee.
  6. When browned, take the pan off the stove, add the cooked rice in the same and mix well.
  7. Garnish with cilantro