Ghee rice benefits

 

R K Narayan says, "Ghee is, no doubt, clarified butter," And he added, "But it is also something more, in the same way, that wine is more than the juice of a squeezed grape. Ghee is like a genius born to a dull parent." He calls the invention of ghee the subcontinent's highest achievement. 

We couldn't agree more with one of our favorite authors, who would have certainly enjoyed ghee rice benefits throughout his life. Our Nanis’ and Dadis’ time and again have highlighted why adding a dash of desi ghee to our food is essential. Whether it is ghee-soaked rotis or adding a dollop to our dal rice, ghee has been a constant in all households. Ayurveda also holds ghee on a high pedestal, whether for consumption as a food item or as a product with medicinal and curative properties. 

Can you picture - warm, aromatic and unpolished Indrayani rice mixed with a spoonful of desi ghee on a tiring Friday evening after you have had a whole week of travel and work? It will invariably become the most relaxing and fulfilling meal of the day or week for you. You can add some piping hot dal to this if you want.  

Some health-related ghee rice benefits.

Provides nutrients 

Ghee is a good source of Vitamins E, D, A, and K, which help maintain normal cellular function and growth for us. 

Digestion benefits

Ghee is known to improve our gut health by aiding us with digestive enzymes. This, in turn, helps our system to digest food and absorb nutrients efficiently and quickly. 

Immunity booster

Ghee is known to be antioxidant-rich, giving our body's immunity a much-needed boost. Ghee eliminates the formation of free radicals in our bodies. 

Bone health 

Ghee contains Vitamin K2, which helps the bones absorb calcium better. This helps in improving bone density, thus alleviating joint pain.

Boon for people with lactose intolerance

Even though ghee is derived from milk, it has no lactose or casein, hence can be consumed by anyone, even if you are lactose intolerant. 

Skin and Hair benefits

Ghee keeps your skin hydrated and provides a healthy glow to it. Ghee, when directly applied to the scalp supports healthy cell growth. It also soothes dry and itchy scalps.  

Source of energy

Cow's ghee contains Omega 3 and 9, an essential fatty acid that provides much-needed energy. Along with Indranyani rice, all the ghee rice benefits just get elevated. 

How does the mix of ghee rice benefits?

 Ghee helps in boosting the metabolism and elevates our blood sugar level. Linolenic acid can help in dealing with cardiovascular problems. You get a complete and nutritious meal when we pair ghee rice with hot dal and vegetables. The protein and macronutrient content just gets elevated with that one small addition. This meal is also a great way to detox as it works to relieve you of constipation. Rice is a probiotic that helps add good bacteria to our gut. 

Indrayani rice benefits

 

Here is our favorite and easy ghee rice recipe

1 tbsp Ghee

1 pod of Cardamom

8 Cashew Nuts

5 Cloves

2 tsp Raisins

1/2 Onion

1 Bay Leaf

1 Chilli

1-inch cinnamon

1 cup Indrayani rice (soaked)

2 cups Water

1 tbsp Lemon juice

Instructions

  •       Heat ghee in a large kadai heat, and roast cashews and raisins.
  •       Roast them to golden brown and remove them from a dish.
  •       In the same kadai, saute bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and pepper.
  •       Add ½ onion, and 1 chili and saute until the onions turn golden brown.
  •       Now add 1 cup basmati rice (soaked for 20 minutes) and roast for 1 minute without breaking rice grains.
  •       Add 2 cup water, 1 tsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp salt.
  •       Stir well and get the water to a boil.
  •       Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  •       After 20 minutes, fluff the rice gently without breaking the rice grains.

 

Ghee Rice Kurma recipe

You can make a simple ghee rice recipe with coconut milk, too. Just replace the water with thinned-out coconut milk. Although we enjoy ghee rice with dal or just like that, or make an easy peasy treat like this one

For Masala Paste:

For Kurma:

½ cup Coconut (grated)

2 tbsp Oil

1 tbsp roasted Gram Dal

1 tsp Cumin

8 Cashew

1 Bay Leaf

2 Green Chilli

½ Onion (sliced)

½ inch Cinnamon

1 tsp Ginger paste

3 pods Cardamom

1 Carrot (chopped)

1 tsp Fennel

1 Potato (diced)

1 tbsp Poppy Seeds

6 Beans (chopped)

¼ cup Water

4 tbsp Peas

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1 tsp Salt

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2 tbsp Coriander

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1 cup Water

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2 tbsp Lemon juice

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¼ cup Water

Instructions

  •       Heat oil in a kadai. Add whole spices.
  •       Add in onion and chilies and saute till golden.
  •       Add in ginger garlic paste.
  •       Add tomatoes and cook till mushy.
  •       Add in spice powders and salt and mix well.
  •       Add chicken and potatoes and mix well.
  •       Add in water and mix well. Cover and simmer for 20 mins till the chicken is cooked.
  •       Now add in coconut milk and mix well. Take it off the heat.
  •       Serve with hot Ghee Rice.

 

Ghee rice kurma

 

Chicken Rice Recipe / Chicken Stew Recipe:

Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp

Chilli Powder - 1 tblsp

Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp

Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp

Cinnamon - 1 piece

Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp

Cardamom - 4

Cumin Powder - 1 tsp

Onion - 1 large chopped finely

Kala masala Powder - 2 tsp

Green Chillies - 3

Salt to taste

Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp

Coconut Milk - 2 cups

Tomatoes - 2 chopped finely

Potato - 1 large peeled and cubed

Curry leaves a sprig

Chicken - 500 grams with bones cut into pieces

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Water as needed

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a kadai. Add whole spices.
  • Add in onion and chilies and saute till golden.
  • Add in ginger garlic paste.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till mushy.
  • Add in spice powders and salt and mix well.
  • Add chicken and potatoes and mix well.
  • Add in water and mix well. Cover and simmer for 20 mins till the chicken is cooked.
  • Now add in coconut milk and mix well. Take it off the heat.
  • Serve with hot Ghee Rice.

 

Chicken Stew

 

These two stews or curries are the ideal side dish for ghee rice and will enhance the flavors of the nuanced ghee rice. We make it with Aazol's Indrayani Rice for extra texture and taste. Why do we love it more with our rice than the popular basmati one? Check other recipes with Indrayani here to know. At the same time, we love our Khapli Gahu roti with a good amount of ghee slathered on it.  

Our final suggestion is not to worry about the ghee rice calories and just enjoy this comfort food once in a while to satiate your body, mind, and soul. Remember your Naanis’ and Daadis’ agree too!

 

 Author: Jinal Aidasani