This recipe is from a book called 'Great Vegetarian Dishes' by Kurma Dasa. Got this book from one of my friend and tried this Bengali Royal Rice recently. This recipe has gotta great flavours and it tasted wonderful and just perfect. Here is the recipe with slight variations in ingredients and method of cooking.

  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups
  • Peas - 1/2 cup
  • Onions - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Raisins- few
  • Cashew nuts - few
  • Almonds- few sliced
  • Black pepper - coarsely ground 1 tsp
  • Cloves- 4
  • Cardamom- 4
  • Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - a small piece
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Paneer cubes - 1 cup
  • Shredded coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Saffron- 1/2 tsp
  • Milk- 1/4 cup
  • Ghee - up to 1/4 cup
  • Salt - as required
How to make it:
Cook basmati rice with 2 cups water. Spread it on a plate and let it cool. Soak saffron in warm milk for few minutes and add it to the rice and mix well until all flavours are absorbed. Cook peas separately. Deep fry panner cubes in oil until golden brown. Heat ghee in a pan, add cashews, almonds and raisins and fry until golden brown. Remove and Set aside. In the remaining ghee, add the onions and fry until golden brown. Now add Fennel seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, crushed cardamom, black pepper, Asafoetida powder and chilli powder. Add the cooked peas, Paneer cubes, coconut and salt. Combine the cooked rice with the fried ingredients in low flame and serve.

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6 Responses
  1. FH Says:

    Anu, Sandeepa is hosting RCI-Bengal after 25th, send this to her. Link it when she announces RCI. Looks delcious. Pushpanna is a beautiful name!:)

  2. Kalai Says:

    Looks delicious, Anu! Truly a dish fit for royalty or commoners. :)

  3. Dhivya Says:

    looks yummy and delicious...beautiful name...keep rocking

  4. Finla Says:

    Yumm rice. I've never done it like this. I am going to bookmark to make them

  5. Sagari Says:

    all the ingredients used in this rice are royal ,very nice name anu and looks delecious

  6. AnuSriram Says:

    Sure asha, Will send this to her...
    Thanks kalai, dhivya, Happy cook and sagari for your wonderful comments..