Bagara Rice is a popular Hyderabadi dish made with basmati rice, whole spices, herbs and caramelized onions. This delicious dish derives its unique flavor from an aromatic spice blend, giving it a rich, exotic taste. This makes it an excellent accompaniment to curries and stews or a tasty meal on its own. It's often served at special occasions and festivals, and is a signature dish in many Hyderabad households and restaurants.
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Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Set aside.
In a large pan, heat the oil or ghee over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and bay leaves and fry until aromatic.
Add the sliced onions and green chillies and saute until the onions are caramelized. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.
Add the turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
Add the rinsed rice and gently stir to coat the rice with the spice mixture. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Pour the water into the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed.
Remove the pan from heat and let it rest for a few minutes. Fluff the rice gently with a fork before serving.