Top 9 Must-Try Indian Rice Dishes

By: Tradeindia


A flavorful rice dish cooked with fragrant spices, basmati rice, and meat (chicken, mutton, or beef) or vegetables. There are regional variations like Hyderabadi, Kolkata, and Lucknowi biryani.


A lighter rice dish compared to biryani, pulao is made by cooking rice with spices, vegetables, and sometimes meat. Common variations include vegetable pulao, peas pulao, and chicken pulao.


A comfort food made with rice and lentils, often seasoned with mild spices. It's a staple in many Indian households and is known for its simplicity and nutritional value. 

Lemon Rice 

 A tangy rice dish from South India, made by mixing cooked rice with a tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves, peanuts, and lemon juice. It's a popular option for a quick meal or snack.

Curd Rice 

Another South Indian specialty, curd rice  is made by mixing cooked rice with yoghurt and then tempering it with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies. 

Jeera Rice 

A simple yet flavorful rice dish made by sautéing cumin seeds (jeera) in ghee or oil and then cooking the rice in this seasoned mixture.  

Masala Rice 

 A spiced rice dish where cooked rice is tossed with a mixture of sautéed onions, tomatoes, and a blend of Indian spices. It’s a great way to use leftover rice.

Vegetable Fried Rice

An Indian-Chinese fusion dish, vegetable fried rice is made by stir-frying cooked rice with assorted vegetables, soy sauce, and sometimes an Indian twist of spices. 

Tamarind Rice 

Known as Puliyodarai or Puliyogare in South India, tamarind rice is made by mixing cooked rice with a tangy tamarind paste and tempered with peanuts, curry leaves, and spices.

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