Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Bagara Rice - Biryani Rice - How to make Bagara with Basmati rice

Bagara Rice or Biryani Rice is a special Hyderabadi dish and popular in any weddings or Party especially made in indian marriages and perfect combo with Chicken gravy or Mutton gravy.  It is also called Bagara chawal. This is the only Biryani recipe which is made without any vegetables and it main ingredients are only spices.


1. Basmati Rice - 2 cups
2. Bay Leaves - 2
3. Cinnamon Stick - 1
4. Cloves - 3
5. Black Cumin Seeds(Shajeera) - 1 tsp
6. Onions - 2 (Chop length-wise)
7. Green Chillies - 5 to 6 (Vertically slit)
8. Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
9. Mint Leaves - 1/2 cup
10. Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup
11.Salt - As per taste
12. Ghee - 2 tbsps
13. Oil - 2 tsps
14. Water - 4 to 4 1/2 cups (Depending on rice)
15. Yellow Food Colour -  A pinch (Optional)


1. Soak basmati rice in water for 1/2 hr. You can use regular rice also to make this recipe

2. Heat ghee and oil in a bowl or pressure cooker, which you wish to use

3. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves and black cumin seeds and fry for a minute.

4. Add green chillies and chopped onion. Fry till onion pieces turn translucent.
5. Add mint leaves and ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.

6. Add salt, mix well and fry again for a minute.
7. Now add water, mix well and cover the bowl with a lid and increase flame.

8. After 2 minutes water starts boiling, remove lid, add soaked rice.

9. Mix well, decrease flame to simmer to medium range, cover with lid and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
10. Switch off, garnish with coriander leaves and a spoonful of ghee and food coloured water.

11. Piping hot bagara rice or plain biryani rice is ready to serve.
12. Serve bagara / biryani rice with any veg or chicken gravy and raitha.