Jihva for Ghee ~ Brown Ghee Rice and Mysore Pak

This is my contribution to Jihva for Ghee and Butter,
hosted by Sam of Cooking Medley.

butter ghee onions
fresh unsalted butter, homemade ghee, tiny red onions

This recipe is largely based on Sumitha’s Ghee Rice,
with a couple of minor modifications.

Brown Basmati Ghee Rice

about 20 baby onions, peeled and quartered
1 c brown basmati rice
1/4 c ghee, divided

1-2 bay leaves
2-3 cardamom pods
2 cloves
small piece cinnamon stick
1 tsp cumin seeds

2-2 1/2 c water

1-2 TB broken cashews and golden raisins, fried in ghee, for garnish

Wash rice and leave in strainer 30 minutes, then rinse again to allow it to absorb a little water.

Heat 2 TB ghee in heavy saucepan. Add bay leaf and baby onions. Roast over med-low heat until onion is soft. Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and cumin and cook several minutes until fragrant.

Add drained rice to onions and spices. Stir well to coat rice with spiced ghee and cook just a few minutes. Raise heat to medium-high, add 2 c water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Check the rice — if necessary add a little additional water and cook a further 10 minutes or until rice is done.

Melt the remaining 2 TB ghee and pour over the rice, stirring gently to combine. Sumitha’s tip for better flavor: cover and set aside 10-15 minutes before serving.

Garnish with broken cashew bits and golden raisins fried in ghee.

brown basmati ghee rice
brown basmati ghee rice

I also made mysore pak, following Indira’s recipe.
I added some toasted cashews on the top.

mysore pak with cashews
mysore pak with cashews ~ recipe from mahanandi

Thanks Sumitha, Indira, and especially Sam.

And now I’m off to Weight Watchers ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. mandira said

    Ghee Rice makes me so nostalgic.. whenever my mom made a fresh batch of ghee, this is the first thing we had.
    I’m so glad you had a chance to try the kadi… Looks delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you, Mandira — the recipe was great ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Krithika said

    You made Mysore Pak ? Wow ! I have never tried this at home. Looks delicious.

    Thanks Krithika — it was easier than I thought it would be, first time tasting it too, and it was yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Luv2Cook said


    Both the rice and the mysore pak look yummy! Thank you for your participation!

    Thanks for your work hosting, Sam ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Asha said

    WOW!! Mysore Pak, eh??!! :)) My home town is Mysore!! Excellent entry Linda!!:))

    There go those great minds again, Asha ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  5. meena said

    sweet rice with brown basmati…sounds intresting linda…I tried to cook brown rice few times..but I end up cooking it hard…do you have any suggestions for it how to cook??….thanks for sharing nice recipes

    Hi Meena, I rinsed the rice twice 30 minutes prior to cooking. Added a little more water than for regular rice, and cooked the rice a little longer than the regular rice. I had to experiment a little before I got it cooked well. You could also soak the rice first. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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