Delicious Rice Recipes For All Occasions

One of the best ingredients in Indian food is rice. It is used around the world as a dessert or a main dish. More than 40,000 kinds of rice are there with different colors, sizes and shapes. There are many cultures where rice is considered sacred symbol of fertility and life. Rice is considered to be a very important crop in India. It covers one-fourth of total cropped area. It is a source of food for nearly half of Indian population.

Rice is usually classified as long-grained, medium and short. To get rid of excess starch, rice should be rinsed thoroughly. If you want to save time, you can soak it before cooking.

Some popular rice varieties are basmati, jasmine, wholegrain and generic long-grain.

Jasmine, which is also called Thai rice is sticky in texture and has nice fragrance. One of the good quality Jasmine is Carolina Jasmine. Basmati, which is also called “Prince of Rice”, is very fragrant, slender and long. Some good varieties of basmati are brown and white. Another popular brand of basmati is Amira. Japonica is mainly found in California. It is used in a lot of Carribean and Japanese cuisine.

Culturally, rice is very important around the world. In many cultures of the world, rice is showered on bride and groom at the wedding’s end. Some cultures worship rice in the form of deities.

In this article, we have collected a list of traditional Indian Rice dishes that will make you drooling.

  • Handi Biryani

     

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    This slow cooked rice is prepared with layers of vegetables, masalas and chicken. This dish will surely win hearts.

  • Mutton Biryani

     

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    This is a delicious rice dish prepared with pieces of mutton. The rice is cooked dum style.

  • Mushroom Risotto

     

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    This Italian-style risotto is cooked very slowly. It goes well with grilled meats and chicken. You should check the rice by biting it. At the centre, it should not be very hard.

  • Tamarind Rice

     

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    This tangy rice dish is prepared with urad dals and channa. Flavours of tamarind pulp are added to the rice to give it delicious flavour.

  • Bisi Bele Bhath

     

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    Bisi Bele Bhath is a popular rice dish of Karnataka. It is also known as ‘Bisi Bele Huliyanna’ in Kannada. It is prepared with arhar dal, rice, jaggery, tamarind, curry leaves, veggies and spices.

  • Mutton Yakhni Pulao

     

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    This Yakhni pulao is very easy to prepare. It is highly fragrant and flavourful. Meat is marinated for a long time in yogurt and it is boiled in water with lot of spices.

  • Zafrani Pulao

     

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    Zafrani pulao is a dish with nice fragrance and amazing flavours of saffron that results in a mouth-watering rice dish.

  • Tomato Rice

     

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    This is a very easy recipe of tomato rice. It is simple, spicy, quick and delicious and is prepared with limited ingredients. It can be prepared in pressure cooker/pot.

  • Chicken Dum Biryani

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    This is a delicious chicken biryani. It is prepared so perfectly that you will surely try it multiple times.

  • Hyderabadi Biryani

     

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    Hyderabadi Biryani is a famous rice recipe. It is always a hit in parties. Half boiled rice is topped with mint, fried onions and cooked mutton. It is sealed with dough and cooked ‘dum’ style.

Top 10 Indian Rice Preparations

Rice is a staple food of Indians. It is a very versatile ingredient. It can be cooked as main course or dessert. There are 40,000 rice varieties throughout the world. There are many cultures in which rice is considered very auspicious. One of the amazing facts is that rice is a very important food crop and covers one-fourth of cropped area. Rice provides food to almost half of population in India.

According to Japanese belief system, rice should never be wasted. If one leaves rice in the bowl, it is considered to be rude. Each and every cuisine has a rice recipe. In this blog article, we share with you top 10 recipes of rice:-

  • Hyderabadi Veg Biryani 

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    This is a very popular recipe of veg biryani. This recipe of veg biryani is cooked slowly on dum(steam). That is why, the biryani is very delicious and unique in taste. Its aroma is good and is very tasty and flavorful. Some other biryani recipes include kolkata biryani, chettinad biryani, chole biryani, mushroom biryani etc.

  • Veg Pulao 

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    This is a comfort food for those who don’t want to spend much time cooking. It is best served with pickle, raita and roasted papad. Some popular variations include veg pulao in pressure cooker, chana pulao, matar pulao etc.

  • Veg Fried Rice 

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    This is a great indo-chinese recipe. If you order an indo-chinese menu, then veg fried rice is a must have. Some of the popular varieties include paneer fried rice, schezwan fried rice etc.

  • Moong Dal Khichdi 

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    This is a one pot meal of moong dals and rice. This dish is very nutritious and light. Whenever someone is ill/recovering from illness, then moong dal khichdi is served to him. Some other variations of khichdi include sabudana khichdi, rava khichdi, and veg masala khichdi.

  • Bisi Bele Bath 

     

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    This is a very tasty dish, prepared with lentils, vegetables and rice. This is a very traditional rice and lentils based dish of Karnataka.

  • Jeera Rice 

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    This is a delicious and mildly spiced rice dish of India. It is flavoured with cumin. This dish is most commonly available in Indian restaurants. Some other recipes that you can try include garam masala rice, saffron rice, biryani rice, masala rice etc.

  • Vegetable Tahiri 

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    This is a very delicious and aromatic rice dish prepared with vegetables and spices. This is a special dish of Uttar Pradesh. Some other recipes of Uttar Pradesh include mughlai biryani, awadhi biryani, mushroom dum biryani, paneer biryani.

  • Tomato Rice 

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    This is a South Indian recipe of tomato rice. This is my favourite tomato rice recipe. The dish is prepared with sauteed tomato, coriander leaves, onion and spices. Similar rice recipes include lemon rice, tamarind rice, tomato biryani and tomato pulao.

  • Ven Pongal 

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    This is a very popular South Indian dish prepared with moong dal and rice. This delicious dish is prepared with black pepper, asafoetida and cumin. Some of its variations include rava pongal and sweet pongal.

  • Lemon Rice 

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    This is a very popular dish among school children. This dish is very fast and easy to prepare. Lemon Rice can be prepared with ingredients like curry leaves, urad dal, mustard and turmeric which are mixed with rice.