A traditional Muslim dish from the Malabar region of Kerala, Neichoru or Ghee Rice is prepared on all special occasions. A quick to make and easy dish, Neichoru is cooked with clarified ghee, spices and dry fruits.
A personal lunch invite in the Forces expects the invitees to arrive at 1 pm on which beer and cold drinks are offered. Light snacks are shown around by the hostess and both the host and the hostess would go around all the guests to see if they are partaking in the offerings and if they require re-fills. Lunch is served anytime between 2 to 3 pm, depending upon the formality of the occasion.
Now a lunch in the Officer’s Mess would mostly be formal, with designated seating, a sumptuous menu, the finest tableware and gleaming silver. It could be casual and buffet-style where you can sit anywhere you please. Protocol codes are, however, always followed. The waiter would announce that the lunch is served. The Commanding Officer’s wife would request any visiting ladies to the dining room with her. The other ladies of the regiment would follow, usually according to the seniority of their husbands. If the lunch is just a regular affair, the Commanding Officer’s wife would be the first to start. The protocol is applicable to the Officers as well. They would saunter in, helping themselves.
Today I am sharing a recipe, which is often my go-to during such personal lunches or dinners. The best part is that it is easy and quick to prepare. That doesn’t mean it affects its grandeur. Kerala Style Ghee Rice has always been prepared for special occasions like a wedding or festivals. Neichoru is usually served along with a non-vegetarian curry, usually a Mutton or Chicken Curry. However, you should serve with a regular Dal Curry or Kerala Style Parippu (Dal) curry to relish its true deliciousness. I also serve Pappad alongside and the husband has always been bowled over.
So when you do not want to put in the effort of making a Biriyani, want something other than Jeera Rice but in almost the same grandeur, go for Ghee Rice. The aroma and flavor would definitely make you want to prepare this every other day. Traditionally, Neichoru is prepared with Jeerakasala Rice or Kaima rice, It is a short grain rice with a distinct flavor of its own. You can prepare Ghee rice with basmati rice as well.
How to prepare Kerala Style Ghee Rice | Neichoru
I have served the Kerala Style Ghee Rice aka Neichoru with Dal Tadka, Mutton Keema and Pappad. Like it? Pin it for later!
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