Burnt Garlic Rice

I have a few dishes in my list which tastes better when slightly burnt :P I love my khichdi that way… I absolutely love my handva a bit burnt on top!!! And here is one ingredient which I absolutely enjoy when slightly burnt… And that’s Garlic :)
Well, if you can’t have burnt garlic as it is.. Here is a way to include it a rice dish! I prepared this ‘Burnt Garlic Rice’ for dinner and served it along with restaurant-style Dal-Fry (coming soon). Healthy elements of garlic gets destroyed a bit when you over-cook it, but this works for a change :P Do try out sometime…



1 cup Basmati Rice
5 cloves Garlic
2-3 tbsp Capsicum, chopped
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
3/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tbsp Ghee
Salt, to taste
2-3 tsp Lemon Juice



  1. Cook basmati rice until 90% done, drain excess water and keep it aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop garlic cloves and let it rest for 10-15 mins on your chopping board only.
  3. Heat ghee in deep-pan and add cumin seeds in it.
  4. Once it starts crackling, add garlic and hing in it. Saute it for a min or 2 (or until garlic changes color to darkside of golden brown).
  5. Add chopped capsicum and quickly cook it. We want it to retain crunchiness.
  6. Then add cooked rice and spices and mix everything well.
  7. Cook for 2 more mins and serve hot with any sort of Dal-Lentils!


Garlic should never be cooked immediately after cutting/chopping. Let it release the enzymes first!