- rice, preferably Basmati Rice1.5 Cups
- Jaggery120 Grams
- Oil2 Tablespoons
- Water3 Cups
- bay leaf1
- Roasted peanuts1 Tablespoons
1) Place the jaggery in a cup of water and let it soak for about 45 minutes.
2) Rinse the rice with fresh water and let it soak for about 20 minutes in the water.
3) Add a couple of cups of water in the pressure cooker and then add rice in it.
4) Cook rice for about 2 minutes so that they are half cooked. When the pressure of the rice comes down, do open the lid of the cooker. Do fluff the rice well.
5) Add water-jaggery mixture in the rice along with oil.
6) Stir the jaggery mixture well with the rice and you will be able to see some bubbles appearing on the surface of rice.
7) Add peanuts, cardamom, bay leaf, and cloves in the rice and generously mix it with the rice mixture.
8) Now place the lid over the cooker to close it. Cook the rice for another 2 minutes.
9) Remove the lid and you will be able to smell the delicate, sweet, characteristic aroma of jaggery.
10) Spread some dry fruits over the rice to garnish the rice.
11) Serve the jaggery rice with a cup of milk or plain.
Rice recipes mostly revolve around rice involving meat or vegetables but today I have something special for all the rice lovers. A sweet rice recipe, Jaggery rice is great to have for any of your favorite occasions. Most people love to have the rice plain, but I come up with some other serving ideas too; add half a cup of warm milk over a cup of warm rice and then serve the rice. Another great idea is to add half a cup of curd over rice. No matter how you serve them, the taste is always the perfect one. I added peanuts in the rice which most people don’t like to add in the rice; but the fact is that peanuts add the perfect crunch to the rice. You get a sweet crunchy texture if you add peanuts in the rice. However, you can add any other dry fruits too. You need to take care that the jaggery burns quite quickly, so do cook the rice over medium heat. While cooking rice, I add a cup of rice with 2 cups of water. If you want to make the rice soft, do increase the amount of water to 3 cups or 4 cups.
I learnt to cook the rice from my mother; once she went to Pakistan on a study tour and there she learnt the recipe for jaggery rice. She used to tell me that jaggery rice is so popular in Pakistan that the natives there consider their parties incomplete without jaggery rice. She let me know the translation of jaggery rice as Gur Walay Chawal. The texture of the rice is so sweet that anybody would fall in love with it. I soaked the jaggery in water before adding it to the rice but you can also chop it finely. But let me tell you that crumbling it is quite messy and takes a lot of time and effort. On the other hand, dissolving jaggery in water is way too easy and a simple procedure.