Ginger Rice


  • Basmati Rice – 2 cups
  • Onion Big – 1 No
  • Fresh Ginger – 2 long pieces
  • Ghee – 6 to 8 teaspoon
  • Whole cardamom – 2 Nos
  • Cashew Nuts – 10 Nos
  • Saffron or kesari colour – little
  • Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Soak the rice in water. Chop the ginger and slightly crush the cardamom and put both in a pot. Add eight cups water. Bring to boil. Allow it to reduce to half of its quantity. Strain it. In a cooker, put the ghee and fry the cashew nuts. Add onion and fry till it become transparent. Drain the water from the rice completely and add the rice and mix it gently. Add the boiled ginger water (measure it. Should be four cups). Add saffron or kesar colour mixed with little milk. Add one teaspoon salt. Close with lid and cook for two whistle. Open it and add the lemon juice and mix gently.
Service with any spicy kurma.


  1. Anonymous

    hi kamala ,

    Very unusual recipe, sounds interesting. How much is 2 long pieces of ginger ? Sorry, but can you please let us know how many inches of ginger should be used this recipe.

  2. Hi Anu, one piece is approx 3 to 4 inches, roughly a finger size. Since we are using only the ginger water, adding little more or less ginger will not affect the taste.

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks kamala. Do you have any recipe for ginger pickle, thanks.
    Im not sure if you have posted any oorugai recipes before.
    Do your recipes belong to any particular region like chettinad, north tamilnad etc..


  4. Hi Anu, I have posted “Inji Thokku” in the Tamil Section. I will post it in english also.

    I have not yet posted oorugai recipes, except some instant Mango pickle (Vendhaya Manga), curry leaves thokku etc. Moreover, even though pickle is a part and parcel of Indian food, I advise people not to take pickles since it contains lot of oil and salt.

    Most of my recipes belong to Thanjavur dist, which is my native place.

  5. I will make your ginger rice and karaboondhi this weekend and I know it will be delicious. I’ve always enjoyed eating East Indian food.

    Thank you.

  6. Hi

    Can u update some paneer recipes

  7. SwopnaBalaji

    Hi kamala,

    Whether this recipe can be tried with ordinary ponni rice.

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