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Masala rice

Masala Rice Recipe | How to make easy masala rice

Masala rice recipe is a simple and delicious recipe that you can make within 30 minutes. This rice is perfect to serve with the chicken curry or with a simple raita. This rice is something in between biryani and pulao.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course, Rice
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Author: Pavani


  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Chopped tomatoes -2
  • Chapped onions -2
  • Green chillies -4
  • Cinnamon stick – ½ inch
  • Cardamom pods -2
  • Ginger garlic paste-1tsp
  • Bay leaves-2
  • Cloves-4
  • Turmeric powder-½tsp
  • Coriander leaves a hand full
  • Mint leaves a hand full
  • Ghee-1tbsp
  • Oil-2tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Hot water-11/2 cup


  • wash and soak the rice in water for at least 10minutes.Here I soaked the rice for 20 minutes.
  • Heat a deep pan with ghee and oil. Then add all spices and fry for a minute.
  • Next, add the chopped onions along with slit green chillies and sauté them till onion changes its colour.
  • After that add ginger garlic paste and fry a minute or until raw smell goes out.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, coriander leaves, mint leaves and sauté them for a minute.
  • Cover and cook till the tomatoes are nicely mashed (don’t forget to stir in between otherwise masala will stick to the bottom of the pan)
  • Drain the water from rice and slowly add the pan and mix gently, so that you don’t break the grains.
  • Add 11/2 cup of water and season it with required salt and mix well.
  • Close the lid and cook on low flame for 15-20 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  • Transfer the flavoured masala rice into a serving plate and enjoy with favourite curry or with raita.
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