To be honest, I am fed up with regular rice. And you know what? Nowadays, it is hard to get back the taste we used to have in the 1900s. Everything is now processed.
However, I try my best to guide you every day for healthy and delicious recipes that you can cook even at home. Today, I am excited to share with you the Bagara rice recipe.
I am pretty sure that after trying this dish, you will never go back to regular rice again. In fact, Bagara rice recipe is becoming one of my favorite rice recipes that I love to cook for my family and friends.
What is bagara rice?
Now, tell me how many of you have heard the name “Bagara” for the first time. If you are one of them, Bagara rice might be new to you.
In fact, it is a type of rice that originated in Hyderabad of, India.
Oh, Indian cuisine? Yes, there is so much to explore!
Bagara rice has a slightly chewy texture and a good flavor. It is known as tempered rice because it is boiled with spices before being cooked.
Furthermore, this dish is also considered one of the healthiest rice recipes because it is low in fat and contains plenty of protein and fiber.
What is the difference between Bagara rice and biryani?
I personally love biriyani the most, but if you asked me to choose between the two rice dishes, I would definitely go for Bagara rice. Why?
Biryani is a dish that typically consists of several layers of rice and lots of spices cooked in a pressure cooker or oven. It is often served as an entrée or appetizer.
On the other hand, Bagara rice can simply be described as “a type of tempered rice with a chewy texture.”
The difference here is bagara rice don’t add vegetable, spices, and things that are a must for cooking biryani.
And the taste? Now, let’s talk about the taste. If you are wondering how Bagara rice compares to regular rice, I think it is a pretty fair comparison.
In fact, many people who have tried this dish love it because of the unique and different flavor that it provides.
Some say that it tastes similar to basmati rice but with a rougher texture.
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Bagara rice recipe
- Prep Time10 min
- Cook Time20 min
- Total Time30 min
- YieldBowl Rice
- Serving Size2
- Energy304 cal
Ingredients of Bagara rice recipe
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 2 mace
- 2-inch cinnamon
- 2 sliced onion
- 4 chili
- 1 teaspoon jeera
- 2 tsp paste of ginger
- 2 tsp paste of garlic
- 4 tablespoon pudina
- 4 cups water (Clean)
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads (optional)
- 4 bay leaves
- 2-star anise
- 2 whole black cardamom pods
- 8 clove garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter
- Salt to taste
Instructions for Bagara rice recipe
Rinse basmati rice several times and soak it in water for 30 minutes.
Soak for an hour if you have very hard water.
Start by heating a large kadai with 2 tbsp of ghee or butter.
When ghee or butter is hot, add cinnamon, mace, and bay leaves.
Immediately after adding spices, add cardamom pods.
Once the spices start to splutter, add rice and fry for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
Then stir in saffron threads if using and fry for another 30 seconds till aromatic (do not let it burn).
Now slowly pour 4 cups of water into the cooker pot while occasionally stirring so that rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the cooker pot or form a clump together with other grains
Add ginger paste, garlic paste, and pudina paste.
Stir well and cook for a minute
Now cover the cooker pot with a tight lid, and turn the heat to low.
Cook rice until all the water is absorbed (about 20-25 minutes).
Do not open the cooker pot during cooking.
Also, check the rice occasionally after around 10 minutes of cooking time.
If it looks stuck to the bottom or appears dry.
Then fluff it up with a fork and get ready to add more water as needed.
Once the rice is cooked through, turn off the heat and let the cooker pot sit covered for 10 minutes
Discard cardamom pods and bay leaves before serving the Bagara rice dish.
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- Serving Size2
- Amount per serving
- % Daily Value*Standard DV
- Total Fat7 g78 g8.97%
- Saturated Fat3 g20 g15%
- Trans Fat- g
- Polyunsaturated Fat- g
- Monounsaturated Fat- g
- Cholesterol13 mg300 mg4.33%
- Sodium88 mg2300 mg3.83%
- Total Carbohydrate55 g275 g20%
- Dietary Fiber2 g28 g7.14%
- Total Sugars2 g
- Added Sugars- g50 g0%
- Sugar Alcohal- g
- Protein5 g50 g10%
- Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)- IU800 IU0%
- Calcium32 mg1300 mg2.46%
- Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
- Potassium134 mg4700 mg2.85%
- Vitamin A- mcg900 mcg0%
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)5 mg90 mg5.56%
- Vitamin E (Tocopherol)- IU33 IU0%
Pro Tips to make the Bagara rice recipe tastier:
1) Try sauteing garlic and ginger paste in ghee before adding them to the rice cooker. This will add a delicious flavor and aroma to the dish.
2) Another way to make sure your rice is cooked through is by testing it with a fork after around 10 minutes of cooking time. If it’s still hard or clumpy, then you may need to cook it for another 5-10 minutes until done.
3) It is hard to achieve a perfectly cooked rice dish without adding more water occasionally, so don’t be afraid to do that. However, if the rice is too wet and sticky, then it will not cook evenly and may also taste bland. So try your best to achieve an even texture while cooking.
Health benefits of the crispy Bagara recipe
Rice is one of the most vitally important staples in the world. It is a complete food and provides all the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients our body needs.
Additionally, rice is fairly good in calories which makes it an ideal dish to include on a diet or to maintain an overall healthy weight.
The Bagara recipe also offers several health benefits due to its inclusion of spices like ginger paste and garlic paste.
These spices are known to be anti-inflammatory and help reduce inflammation in the body.
I love how it’s cooked through; I mean, how easy it is to cook and then get 300+ calories per serving, amazing!
And the best part is you can use brown rice instead of basmati rice if you want to lose weight.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Does Bagara rice have any side effects?
Ans: There are no known side effects from consuming bagara rice. However, as with any spice dish, if you have pre-existing medical conditions or allergies that spices might aggravate, it is best to consult your doctor before starting a spice diet.
Q: Can I take it during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Ans: Yes, you can consume Bagara rice during pregnancy and breastfeeding. All you need to care about is how much you should consume.
The rice itself is minimally processed and contains zero chemical ingredients, so it is safe to eat.
Q: How long will it take for bagara rice to cook?
Ans: Bagara rice should cook within 10-15 minutes, depending on your cooking process and in the temperature oven you use. Follow my steps above so that you get perfect results every time.
Q: Is bagara rice sugar free?
Ans: The good news is that Bagara rice is sugar-free. If you are looking for a dish that will help you lose weight or maintain your healthy poundage, then this rice recipe would be a better choice.
Well, I covered the ingredients and steps of this simple yet flavorful Bagara rice recipe. I have heard so many great things about it, and I am so happy to share this recipe with all of you.
It has all the flavors you crave in a perfect combination, and it does not require any extra effort to prepare it.
Not just that, but it’s also low in carbs and gluten-free
If you do try it out, please let me know how it goes. Leave a comment or shoot me an email at our given address in the below section. We would love to hear from you.