Aromatic Ghee Rice, peas and chicken on a blue plate

Aromatic Ghee Rice

After the broccoli with coconut, another recipe from the cookbook ‘Sri Lanka Food’ from Sarogini. And again another perfect side dish, this Aromatic Ghee Rice. I simply love rice, especially when prepped with a good seasoning or other flavors added.

Aromatic Ghee Rice in the pan
Aromatic Ghee Rice

This Ghee fragrant rice can be perfectly paired with the Broccoli with Coconut, Stuffed Scrambled Eggs, Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing, Sajoer Green Beans or with a Veggie Burger Omelet. Looking for Christmas recipes, then check out Christmas Food Around the World.


It’s a really flavorful rice combination and we loved it. The recipe was easy to follow. The broth to use wasn’t specified, so I used garden herb broth. Since I didn’t have onions anymore, I used onion powder.

Comment below if you’re going to try it out, if you have any questions and tag #cosetteiscookin when you’re sharing pics of it on your socials.

Aromatic Ghee Rice

Aromatic Ghee Rice, peas and chicken on a blue plate
Aromatic Ghee Rice, peas and chicken

Allergies: cinnamon, gluten


225 grams basmati rice

3 tbsp Ghee

6 cardamom pods

6 peppercorns

3 cloves

1 cm cinnamon stick

5 curry leaves dried

Onion powder

500 ml herb garden broth

1 tsp salt


Wash and drain the rice 3 times. Melt the ghee in a pan. Add the cardamom pods, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick and curry leaves. Then add the onion powder when the seasoning starts shedding fragrance.

After that add the rice, keep stirring. Pour in the broth and add the salt. Put a lid on the pan and let cook for about 15 minutes.

Remove the cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, curry leaves and peppercorns.


  • Recipe source is ‘Sri Lanka Food’.
  • Enough for 4 persons as a side dish.
  • You can swap onion powder for 1/3 chopped onion.
Ingredients placed on the counter
Seasoning being cooked in ghee
Seasoning being cooked
Basmati rice added to the seasoning
Basmati rice added


  1. I’ve never had Gee before.. what is it? where does it come from? Are there any health benefits to it or is it just for flavor?

  2. I like flavorful rice, and this looks delicious! I like all the spices that you are using in this recipe.

  3. I’ve recently gotten into ghee (our local farm share has it as an “add-on” item to weekly deliveries) and this will be a perfect use of it!

  4. This sounds great. I will try it next time I make rice for a side dish (that isn’t covered in a curry). I think it will go well with my Vietnamese grilled chicken when I don’t want to make lotus fried rice.

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