Neychoru ~ Malabar Ghee Rice

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Neychoru or Ghee Rice is something that is so usually made on Fridays in our home. If it’s not biriyani, it has to be neychoru served with some spicy beef curry, or if beef is not available, then chicken curry, irrespective of whether it is here or it is back home. However, somehow, I seem to have a love-hate relationship with this item. I love the aroma of it – the ghee and the spices really entice me but when it comes to eating it, how much ever well it is made and whatever lovely curry accompanies it, I cannot get myself to eat it. I really don’t know why. That doesn’t mean that I have not had it, I have eaten it during my early days of marriage, in order to avoid any heart breaks to the hosting parties. But then, not with a full heart… I would prefer chapathi or even bread to go with that curry rather than this…Β So why do I post Neychoru here? As a prelude to a yummy biriyani recipe that will come up soon… but for that, do stay tuned!!! πŸ™‚

Linking this to Fantabulous Food Event of Simply Tadka, being hosted to Pramitha love cooking…




Neychoru - Ghee Rice

Course Rice
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups basmati rice/ jeerakashala rice I've used basmati
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • A small pc cinnamon
  • 5-6 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaft
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 600 ml hot water
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in a saucepan. Add the whole masalas and saute for a minute till a beautiful aroma engulfs your kitchen. (I can still smell, despite my blocked nose!!)
  • Add in the curry leaves and ginger paste and saute for a minute. Now add in the onion and fry till it becomes transluscent.
  • Add the rice and saute it in the ghee for around 5 minutes till it becomes dry and crisp.
  • Add in the hot water, increase the flame to high and wait till the water boils.
  • Add salt at this juncture and adjustΒ accordingΒ to taste.
  • Once the water boils, reduce the flame to bare minimum, close the lid tightly and leave it for 10 minutes undisturbed.
  • Open the lid, give the rice a good mix and check if it is well cooked. If it is not, then leave it for around 5 minutes till done.
  • Serve hot with some spicy curry and dal.


1. The ghee I have used is very minimal. Since this is "ghee" rice, you can add around 1/2 cup ghee. But if you don't want too much addition to your waistline, then... πŸ™‚
2. Use pure cow's ghee. You can use vegetable ghee, but nothing can beat the taste of cow's ghee.
3. As for the water, ensure to keep it for boiling at the time you are sauteeing the onions. So by the time the rice is crisp, the water boils and is kept on off mode for sometime. Do not let it cool off - the rice will stick!

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    1. thank u so much shruthi… πŸ™‚

  1. tempting dish,thanks for sharing the tips,will be very helpful.

    1. thank u so much meena… πŸ™‚

  2. The ghee rice sounds delish Rafeeda! And fridays seem to be great to be dropping in at your place πŸ˜‰ Ha ha πŸ™‚

    1. oh yes it is priya… here if we cook normal food on fridays, it's like a sin! πŸ˜€

  3. I have love-love relationship with ney choru ! and of course being the prelude to biryani, demanded by hubby at least once a week! I now cant wait to see your biryani.

    1. thank u so much jehanne… hopefully soon… πŸ™‚

  4. oh god why dont u like this..i will be a very happy girl if i get some ney choru and beef curry or chicken curry…athu vayichitu thane kothi vanu πŸ™‚

    1. i seriously do not know y i can't eat ghee rice… πŸ™ i hope i could break the code…

  5. I have fish and u have ghee rice, shall we exchange ;P looks awesome, my favorite

    1. oh yes priya… i'm game for it!!! πŸ˜‰

  6. simple and delicious…congrats for 20k hits…

    1. thank u so much bhawna… πŸ™‚

  7. ghee rice is definitely one of my favorite lunch menus. In fact I found a some fries stacked in my kitchen and have been pairing boring dal , with ghee rice it will be a bomb. So fresh and summery!

    1. on that i agree, ghee rice goes very well with plain dal!!!

    1. thank u so much lail… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much humi… πŸ™‚

  8. Delicious platter of neyyuchorru

    1. thank u so much divya…

    1. thank u so much sal…

  9. congrats dear ..neychoru looks truly delicious ..enikkathangu eduthu kazhikkan thonnunnu:)

    1. hehe… rani, thank u!

  10. flavorful n tempting combo:)

    1. thank u so much julie…

  11. Tempting and makes me hungry.

    1. thank u so much shailaja…

  12. simple yet delicious rice,looks tempting..

    1. thank u so much nalini…

  13. Looks yum Rafeeda.. Perfect for kids lunch box πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

  14. Rafee… how is that you stay off this..??!! Oh my, its my fav..:-) I simply can't resist

    1. i wish i knew, rekha… πŸ˜€

  15. Absolutely delicious. Looks amazing!

    1. thank u so much divya…

  16. Absolutely delicious.. very traditional dish
    Glad to have visited your blog and happy to follow you..
    Happy blogging..

    1. thank u so much reva… πŸ™‚

  17. Delicious and yummy…luks awesome
    Thanks for linking with my event β€œFoodabulous Fest –April Month Series”

    Rafeeda….plz link with simply tadka also,otherwise recipe will not be considered..

    1. it's done, prami… πŸ™‚

  18. Hi Rafeeda, I like your ghee rice, look very inviting. I can have 2 big plates, no problem. LOL

    Best regards.

    1. thank u so much amelia… πŸ™‚

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