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Malabar style Ghee rice/Neychoru

Posted by Annita on February 28, 2007

Traditional Malabar cuisine is very popular for its generous use of spices,ghee,eggs,dry fruits etc,which in turn makes their dishes rich and festive.This ghee rice/Neychoru is another Malabar deliccacy, its a semi version of a biriyani,and is usually taken along with spicy non-veg dishes.


The recipe follows..


Basmati Rice – 2 cups
Ghee – 5-6 tbsp
Cashewnuts – 1/2 cup
Raisins – 1/4 cup
Sliced Onions – 2
Crushed ginger – 1 tsp
Crushed Garlic – 1 tsp
Cinnamon (karuvapatta)-2 pieces of 1 inch stick
Cardamom (elakka)– 4
Bay leaves(Vazhana Ila) -2
Crushed pepper corns (Kurumulagu)– 4-5
Chopped coriander leaves (Malli Ila)– 4-5 sprigs
Water – 3 and 1/2 cups
Salt – as needed


Wash and drain the rice and keep it aside.Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a big pan and fry half of the sliced onions until golden brown,drain and reserve.In the remaining ghee,fry cashews and raisins seperately,drain and reserve them too.Add the rest of the ghee to the pan,saute all the spices,ginger and garlic for a while and add remaining onions,fry till translucent.Now add rice and fry for 5-7 mts in medium heat,stirring continuosly.Pour water ,increase the heat to high and add salt into it.When the water starts to boil,simmer it and add the coriander leaves,cover the pan with a tight lid and cook until the rice is done and all the water is absorbed.If you feel the rice is not cooked enough ,add 1/4 cup of hot water and again simmer for 4-5 mts.Garnish with fried onions,cashewnuts and raisins.

Neychoru with Mutton
Neychoru served with Chettinad Mutton curry

Recipe Source : out :

Shynee’s Microwave Neychoru

Sarah’s Neychoru

Shaheen’s Neychoru

50 Responses to “Malabar style Ghee rice/Neychoru”

  1. Jyothsna said

    Neychoru is perfect by itself, you don’t need anything else with it! Liked the mutton recipe too. Btw, I tried your vazha poov cutlets, they were a hit! Check my blog.:)

  2. sumitha said

    Annita the neichor looks adipoli!

  3. Mishmash! said

    Neychoru looks very nice..whenever i get lazy to prepare a full meal, i usually resort to ghee rice and chkn curry ;)Next time I will try ur recipe. Btw, tried achari paneer, different from the regular paneer recipes and perhaps i will reduce the dry ginger next time. Thanks :)


  4. Neychoru looks delicious!!I will try ur mutton recipe after easter..In between I have to try some of ur veg recipes.I made ur Unda and Chammanthi..All in our home enjoyed!My kids had that with ghee and sugarlike ur Milan..

  5. Bindu said

    Hi Dear!
    I had a very unique flavoured rice at a party last year. The family is from Hyderabad. I couldnt ask the recipe at that time. But now looking at the way Malabar neychoru looks and ingredients, enikku tonnunnu athu neychoru aayirunnu ennu. So,I will def try it this weekend. My husband loves different rice dishes. Thankyou for the post Annita. Also hoping you and your family are doing well.

  6. Mythreyee said

    Ghee rice is very easy to make. thanks for sharing.

  7. Jacob said

    haven’t had this in years. nice!

  8. shaheen said

    gosh i have been yearning for a good mutton stew and neichoru and i come to ur blog!my local halal shop closed down so have to find a good source for mutton.:(

  9. Trupti said

    wow..this rice would be great on its own….! nice recipe.

  10. Ash Thomas said

    Dear Anita, I dont know u but the thing I appreciate in u is that u find the time to cook good food even though u have a kid . Though I have a 5 yr old son, I feel so lazy to cook and just wish i had all the time to sleep.
    Happy Blogging anyway.
    Congrats on ur 1st bday (blog)

    Thanks Ash for dropping by..Do visit me often..

  11. bee said

    6 tablespoons of ghee….very naughty. and very tasty.


  12. shynee said

    Dear Anita, it has bn quite long that I have trotted around the ‘blobe’ and God! what a wonderful collection u have built up over a small period…mutton um neichorum ellam kazhichu kazhichu oru muttan aadayi mariyittundu njan already!…inganey kothippikkalley…blogging intey pace kurachathintey oru main reason temptation kurakkanayirunnu!!hmm..rakshayilla…

    hmm..mathi madi pidichirunnathu..ini payye blogging okkay start cheyyu..njangalellam shynee yude kayyinnu kuree nalla traditional recipes padikkatte…
    still waiting for u to be back dear…:))

  13. Anupama said

    Hi Annita,

    I desperately need Rice Recipes because my husband and son eat more rice if I ccok it in different way rather than plain Dal Chawal. So Thanx for the Ghee Rice and Zucchini and coconut Rice. I am sure thy will love it.

    Thanks Anu,let me know if u’ve liked it or not..

  14. Rg said

    YUMMMM! nei choru and biryani are all time favorite of non veg malayalis….mmmmmmmm….mmmmmm…..good! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Oh BTW, I tried your easy chocolate cake in the teddy bear cake pan….it turned out good. My son loved it. Thanks for that… will be trying out your other cakes too. Thanks a lot.

    Good..good..good Rg..way to go…I want you to be a baker too..:))

  15. Rg said

    Hey Annita, BTW, where do you buy mutton… do you buy it from Halal shop too or do you get it somewhere else? I’ve never bought lamb, so what part of it, do I buy, to try out this chettinad curry?

    Thanks again.

    I too buy it from halal shop only,RP..There’s not any part preference for this dish,..just ask the shop wala to chop the mutton into small pieces..

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  17. Billo said


    I come from palakkad and our friends/neighbors muslims cook Neychoru very differently. They use Jeeraka Sala rice (here we get it as Jeera Samba Rice). Also after cooking, the rice will be extremely white and very flavorful. The smell of Neychoru will reach 10 miles away, at the same time, you wont be able to find a single spice anywhere in the rice. I crave for that rice. I felt Sarah’s recipe comes very close to this.
    Just my 2 paisa.

    • lak said

      yes true billo and am searching for that exact reciepe anitha’s reciepe is also yummy but it is not the original neychoru .

    • radha said

      Is jeeraka sala and jeeraga samba the same rice. How to cook it? Can we cook it soft with more water to make pongal?

  18. Bini said


    I’m very new to all kind of cooking stuff, and as I’m staying in U.S for 6 months, I had to make something. I tried this, and this is my first ghee rice and to my surprise it was very very nice and it looked exactly as in the picture.

    Thanks a lot.

  19. raj said

    its nice thank u ,,,,,,

  20. Jay said

    Lived in Kerala for 4 years. Came across 2 kind of ghee rice. one was a little like biryani (kera
    la style). Could never figure the recipe, though simple. After reading yours, I strongly feel this is it, perfect :). Haven’t prepared this; will get back again. Mouth already watering and feeling nostalgic about the 4 years in REC Calicut.

  21. resh said

    good one really delicious

  22. binu said

    i tried this recipe and and came out very well.thanku for posting it

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  34. shree said

    We tried this neychoru……it was a great hit….thanks……

  35. Suman kr. Roy said

    what a nice neychoru i.e, ghee-rice ! will definitely give a run for money to the very best of biriyani.

  36. flyjogopinath said

    very nice & testy

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    What you mean by a cup any specific diamention? If u can tell me how to cook neychor in induction cooker it will be very helpful to me.thank you

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