Simple Brinji Rice / South Indian Style flavored Rice

Brinji is a delicious and easy to prepare South Indian style flavoured rice. Brinji is the earliest version of Briyani/ pulav cooked in Tamilnadu.  My Grandma used to do this Brinji with shallots/Pearl onions. She told me before briyani, they used to serve Brinji rice for marriages and functions. You can prepare this rice with basmati or normal cooking rice, both taste good. Lot of people will cook with veggies, coconut milk, or spice powders. But here it is very simple and easy brinji with no veggies and coconut milk. It will go with both veg or non veg gravies. I prepare it with chicken korma. Now lets see how to prepare this simple,flavorful brinji rice.

Serves : 2

Prep time : 10 mins      Cooking Time : 30mins


Basmati Rice : 1 cup

Water : 1.5 cup

Onion : 1 sliced thinly

Garlic : 5 sliced thinly

Ginger : 1 inch Chopped

Green Chilly : 2 slit

Tomato : 2 chopped

Salt to taste

Oil or Ghee : 3 tbsp

For Temper:

Bay Leave : 2

Fennel Seeds : 1 tsp

Star Anise : 1

Cardamon : 2

Cloves : 2


  1. Soak basmati rice for 30 mins. Start chopping work, set aside. Heat Ghee or oil in a pressure cooker.  Add all the whole spices and saute for a min.

2. Add in onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies, saute it for 5 smins. Then add chopped tomatoes, saute it to mushy.

3. Then add water and salt in to it, bring it to boil, add soaked basmati rice. Keep on medium high heat and cover the pressure cooker and cook it for 1 whistle and keep on low heat for 10 mins.

4. Switch off the heat and let the pressure go all by itself. Fluff it up. You can add fried cashew while serving. Enjoy it with korma or any gravies20170211_125936.jpg


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