Malabar Masala Choru | Curried Rice

Not being in a mood to write anything… it was then I found this online… thought of sharing it here as a reminder for myself first… After all, “Innamal a’amaalu binniyyath…” (Deeds are all based on intentions. – Bukhari, Muslim)

Sharing with all of you today, a very simple one pot meal, which is so similar to biriyani without any non-vegetarian element in it. I stumbled upon this recipe in one of the many cook books that I have and decided to make it, not sure how it would turn out to be. I must say that for people who are fine with having rice with just pickle and raita, this is one of the best ways to make rice. I served with this with a chicken curry, that I will share the recipe soon, but personally I had this rice with just a chicken piece, a liberal dose of garlic pickle and a couple of pappadams. Loved all the flavors that were there in this rice…Β This rice does not seem to need any curry. It looks better to serve with a dry non-vegetarian side, like Chicken Chukka or Simple Chicken Roast.

4 from 1 vote

Malabar Masala Choru | Curried Rice

Course Main
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups basmati rice washed and drained
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 6 cashews split
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 4 tbsp frozen green peas
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Heat the ghee. Fry the cashews and reserve.
  • Add the onions, garlic, chillies and tomato and cook till the tomatoes get all mashed up.
  • Add in all the powders and saute for around 5 minutes.
  • Add the frozen green peas along with the water. Bring to boil.
  • Add in the rice and adjust the salt. Allow the water to boil again on high flame. T
  • hen reduce the flame to the lowest and cook on closed lid till the rice is done.
  • Fluff up the rice using a fork before serving. Serve garnished with the cashews and coriander leaves.

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  1. these 1 pot meal r always handy.. love it anytime

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  2. U read my mine, was about to make vege pilaf for dinner when I saw this, so I am making this instead! Do u have an good chicken curry recipe?

    1. Hey Jehanne… just like I mentioned on FB, it is better to use any dry curry with it… thanks a lot dear…

  3. easy and looks yumm!

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

    1. Thank you so much Preeti…

  4. Yummy yummy love it because of its simplicity .

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  5. Looks yum. But I am off rice some days. hehe

    1. Thank you so much Humi…

  6. Oh yes, will love this rice dish with pickle and raita.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  7. All your weekend specials are tempting me so badly Rafee. Real drool worthy rice preparation. I am on d way to get my share.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  8. i make similar rice!! It's favorite at home!!

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  9. Thats one quickest, yummiest, flavourful one pot meal Rafi πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Prathibha… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie…

  10. Delicious and yummy dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asha… πŸ™‚

  11. Quick and flavorful rice,yummy

    1. Thank you so much Suja…

  12. easy and delicious one…..

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  13. Very flavourful and delicious one pot meal, can have it happily anytime.

    1. Thank you so much Priya akka…

  14. Comforting one,all time favorite

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  15. love this kind of one pot meal, just you are not in a mood to write, this dish is like when you are not in a mood to cook much.

    1. I like that comment, Linsy… hehe… thanks a lot…

  16. Very quick, yummy and comforting meal… to finish the plate πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  17. Delicious n healthy rice.

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  18. yummyyy raffyy pass me the plate; this time em getting so hungry; actually i am on diet ; i have gained some pounds πŸ™ by just sitting in office and working working lolx… so that's why i am going to have some cyber tasting lolx πŸ˜€ i can eat the whole rice. with pickle yummuuuuuuuuu πŸ˜›

    1. I totally understand dear… actually even just sitting at drooling at the pics without eating anything does help you increase weight, so take care… πŸ˜› Thanks a lot Monu…

  19. This one pot ,meal looks super yummy…..

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  20. masala choru looks delicious

    1. Thank you so much Jaleela…

  21. Oh this is so yummy n flavorful

    1. Thank you so much dear…

    1. Thank you so much Asiya…

  22. Quick treat for a weekend lunch…looks yummy.

    1. Thank you so much Anu…

    1. Thank you so much Jayanthy…

  23. one pot meal.. looks yumm rafee

    1. Thank you so much Sangee…

  24. That looks delicious Rafeeda and sounds simple enough…no cutting 7 cleaning of non-veg πŸ™‚

    1. That's the advantage, Shibi!! Thanks a lot… πŸ™‚

  25. 4 stars

    Hey! Tried this today.. Turned out well.. Easy for making during morning rush πŸ˜€πŸ˜‹

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for trying and sharing your feedback, Shayma… πŸ™‚

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