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bagara rice recipe



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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basmati rice

2 cups

large onion, thinly sliced



1 teaspoon

garlic paste


4 cups

green chillies, slit


oil or ghee

1/4 cup

turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon



inch cinnamon stick


cardamom pods


dried bay leaves


Salt to taste



Step 1:

Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Set aside.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

Add the sliced onions and green chillies and saute until the onions are caramelized. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.

Step 4:

Add the turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.

Step 5:

Add the rinsed rice and gently stir to coat the rice with the spice mixture. Fry for a couple of minutes.

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

Remove the pan from heat and let it rest for a few minutes. Fluff the rice gently with a fork before serving.

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