Bagara Khana also known Bagara Rice or Bagarannam is a popular dish in Hyderabad. It is similar to a vegetable biryani but void of vegetables. It is also a bit plain on spices compared to usual Biryani. This is intentional as it is eaten with a spicy dish, usually Bagara Baingan, Mirchi Ka Salan, Kaddu Ka Dalcha etc.
Basmati Rice – ½ Kg
Peas – ½ cup
Mint Leaves – 2 bunches
Green Chilies – 5 numbers
Onion – 1 number
Ginger/Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
Caraway Seeds – 1 tsp
Bay Leaves – 6 numbers
Bay Flower – 1 tsp
Cloves – 6
Cardamom – 4
Cinnamon Sticks – 6 inch
Cashew Nuts – 20
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Oil – 3 tbsp
Salt – 1 ½ tsp (to taste)
Soak rice, slit chilies, cashews, finely chop onions, grind spices.
Heat Ghee in a large bowl and fry the cashews till golden brown. Take them out.
In the remaining ghee, add oil & let it heat.
Now add each of these ingredients one after the other and sauté them for a minute. Chilies, mint leaves, peas, onions, spices, ginger/garlic paste, Bay leaves & flowers.
Drain water from rice into another bowl & add rice to the tadka to fry it for a minute.
Pour two parts of water for each part of rice taken. You can use the drained water from the above step.
Add salt, stir it & close the lid. Cook the rice as you normally do & when it is almost done add cashew & mix it for one last time.
Relish it hot with a spicy Mixed Vegetable Masala or Kaddu Ka Dalcha!!