Wednesday, February 7, 2018

HYDERABADI BAGARA KHANA / BAGARA CHAWAL


Bagara khana is a Hyderabadi rice speciality. Bagar means tempering. The rice is cooked just with the tempering of whole spices, onion and ginger garlic paste without the addition of vegetables or meats. It is paired with mutton or chicken dalcha and curries. This is very popular in all the weddings and functions apart from the traditional Biriyanis.


Ingredients:
Rice .............. 1 cup (or as needed)
Onion .......... 1 sliced or use 1/4 cup birista (crispy fried onion)
Ginger paste .... 1 tsp
Garlic paste ...... 1 tsp
Green chillies .. 2
Cinnamon stick ... 1 piece
Black cardamom .... 1
Green cardamoms .. 4
Cloves ................... 4
Pepper corns ......... 6
Cumin seeds .......... 1 tsp
Cashew nuts ........... few
Mint leaves ............ handful
Salt ..................... to taste
Oil or ghee ......... 3 tbsps

Method:

1. Wash the rice and soak it for 30 minutes. In a pan heat the oil or ghee, reduce the flame and add the whole spices.








2.When they give out a nice aroma tip in the ginger garlic paste and slit green chillies.







3.Now add the sliced onion and saute it to golden brown colour. If you have birista (fried onion) you can use 1/4 cup of that instead.








4. Add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.









5.Tip in the rice and season with salt. Add the mint leaves.










6.Meanwhile fry the cashew nuts to a light brown colour and set aside for garnishing.









7.When the rice is almost done reduce the flame.










8. Cover the lid and place the pot on a tawa / griddle for dum. (on very low flame)










9. Open the lid and separate the rice carefully.









10. Garnish with fried cashew nuts before serving.



55 comments:

  1. This looks so awesome!Lovely tiffin recipe!

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  2. This rice dish looks really delicious and I am sure it must have smelt divine with all the aromatic spices you used. One step I did not understand is why did you put the pan on a tava, was there heat under the tava???

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    1. Yes Nayna.. there was low flame under the tawa. I kept it for dum.

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  3. Wow the rice looks delicious. I love the idea of tempering it and cooking it with all the spices.

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    1. Thanks Mina.. this really tastes aromatic and is perfect for a party.

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  4. This rice looks so rich and delicious. I've always wondered how they got that light brownish color and reading through your recipe, I now know. I'd definitely add the birista to make it more flavorful and for the colour.

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    1. Thanks for liking the dish.. Do try it and enjoy the flavourful Hyderabadi rice.

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  5. wow, the rice is perfectly cooked and love the texture. Flavourful rice and can be served with any curries..

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    1. Yes priya.. they really taste so good.

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  6. Such a royal treat for me, bagara chawal was in my to do list. Now i know where to come to get a prefect recipe for it. Thanks for this beautiful dish Shobha..

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    1. Thank you so much for liking Priya.

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  7. This rice dish looks so flavourful and delicious. I love Hyderabadi biryani and this sounds amazing.

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    1. Thanks Dear .. This is also as flavourful as Biriyani.

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  8. Wow.Love the combination of flavours. Looks perfectly cooked and love the whole platter

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  9. A simple, but flavourful rice dish. Will go with nay curry or daal

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    1. Yes Jyoti.. can be paired with anything..

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  10. What a flavorful and aromatic rice that is Shobha. My MIL makes the best Bagara rice and I would love to try your recipe some time.

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    1. Thanks Pavani. hope you will like this one too.

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  11. Bagara chawal looks so perfect! Love your detailed pictorials too :)

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  12. WoW, this rice looks so rich and delicious..perfect one pot meal!!

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  13. Love Hyderabadi food for its layers upon layers of flavours! These rice also have the same rich deliciousness.
    Very well explained and great clicks!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and appreciative words Maria.

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  14. Wow rice looks so delicious, royal and aromatic. love the way you presented it.

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  15. What an aromatic rice. Must tastes divine. Love such easy and delicious rice in tiffin or on a lazy day.

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  16. I love the flavour of golden fried onions and am glad to have found a recipe that celebrates this delicious taste.

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  17. Perfectly cooked rice! A one-pot meal to enjoy any time; beautiful!

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  18. Hyderabadi cuisine is something I need to venture soon, ofcourse with my veg options. This chawal looks amazing and has loads of flavour too. Needs nothing much on the side except some raita or dal maybe. Loved the recipe.

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    1. Thanks dear.. you will love the Hyderabadi dishes.. spicy and flavourful..

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  19. Hyderabadi cuisines had a aromatic rich spicy recipes.. yours is no doubt.. looks very royal and yummy..

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  20. I love bagara rice and we make it so often at home...yous looks so inviting and flavourful!!

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    1. Thank you so much for liking Padma.

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  21. Always I look for new varieties of rice dishes to cook.. This is one of them.bookmarking :)

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  22. I can almost smell the aroma from your photos of this delicious and tasty rice dish. It sounds delicious.

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  23. This Hydrabadi rice is perfect for a royal menu, aromatic and flavourful dish can be eaten with any curry.

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  24. This Hyderabai baghara rice sounds very flavorful and aromatic. I can finish it without any curry on side.

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  25. This looks flavourful Shobha. On my to do list, I think any gravy will taste good for this.

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  26. Thanks for that lovely and aromatic share❤❤ looks so scrumptious 😊

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  27. Simple yet flavorful, it makes an excellent tiffin dish. I make it often, but had no idea of its name.

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  28. I imagine this rice smells heavenly, looks so inviting. a great recipe for small gathering.

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  29. recently I just came across this variety of rice dish of Hyderabad. So flavorful and looks so appetizing !!!

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  30. The rice looks amazing..perfectly cooked ..must be aromatic

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  31. Hydrabad cuisine is so aromatic n delicious.so flavorful. Great share.

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