Showing posts with label rice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rice. Show all posts

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mixed Vegetable Rice



Rice is truly a flamboyant ingredient as you can be super creative with it. You can mix and match spices and come up with something really flavorful. My recipe is a simple vegetable rice where I cook the vegetables with Indian spices and mix them with Jasmine rice or Thai rice. 






Ingredients-
  • Jasmine rice 1 cup 
  • Half a cup of peas, bell peppers, cauliflower, carrot and boiled potatoes
  • One onion (sliced)
  • One tomato (sliced)
  • One spoon garlic-ginger paste
  • Cumin seeds
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • Corriander powder (1 tablespoon)
  • Hot curry masala powder or Garam masala powder (1 tablespoon)
  • Crushed cardamom seeds
Preparation- (Rice)
Wash the rice thoroughly and leave it soaked in water for about half an hour. After half an hour drain the excess water and keep it separately. In a wok heat some oil and add cumin seeds once the oil is hot. As the cumin seeds start sputtering add the rice and pour two cups of water. Allow the rice to cook on a high flame for few minutes and once the rice starts boiling close the wok with a lid and allow it to cook on a low flame. In about 15 minutes, the rice should be ready.

Preparation - (Vegetables)
In a separate wok heat some oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and fry them till golden brown. Add the chopped tomato and vegetables and fry them till tender (don't allow it to get mushy). Add the garlic- ginger paste, corriander powder, garam masala and crushed cardamom seeds. Mix the vegetables with spices and add salt according to taste. Once the vegetables are fried and have completely taken the spices mix them with the prepared rice. Enjoy it piping hot :)







Monday, July 5, 2010

Mushroom Pulav

You can do so much with rice-  I have lost count of the varieties that I keep making.... You can mix and match different spices, vegetables and come up with something special- I got way too many mushrooms on sale  and my fridge was literally bursting with them :(

The problem with mushrooms is they don't have shelf life and you have to use them as soon as possible- So, I cooked rice with mushrooms, bell peppers, peas, corn with spices. Try it out for a good lunch time!

Ingredients- Mushroom (diced), Bell peppers (red and yellow variety- use green if you have), peas, sweet corn, uncooked rice (washed and soaked in water for half an hour)-

Spices- corriander seeds (1/2 teaspoon), cumin seeds (1/2 teaspoon), green cardamom (3 pieces), dash of Ajwain seeds- crush them and keep it aside-

Apart from that keep crushed garlic, bay leaf, chopped ginger, cinnamon stick, dash of nutmeg ready!


Preparation- We need to cook the rice first- In a wok, add liberal dose of oil. Once the oil is hot,  add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, one bay leaf, green chillies, crushed garlic and ginger. Allow the oil to absorb the garlic and ginger. Toss in the rice with two cups of water and allow the rice to cook (for one  cup of rice you need two cups of water). You need to cook the rice first on a high flame and as the water starts evaporating reduce the flame. Allow the rice to cook on a low flame for five minutes.

In a separate wok, pour in oil and stir fry mushrooms with bell peppers, corn and peas. Add the crushed spices, salt and stir fry the vegetables till they become tender and not mushy. Add the stir fried mushrooms to the cooked rice. Garnish it with fried cashew nuts and chopped coriander leaves to enjoy a good meal! Serve it with papads and raita for a great experience :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rice cakes anyone?










Pretty easy to make and has a simple taste- I love it ! The passion that drives me to cook kind of goes bust when it comes to cleaning up the kitchen. So here I am cleaning one night and in my irritating state I forget to keep the yoghurt in the fridge- The next day it goes all sour and I am not such a fan of sour yoghurt/curd. My mom who has a solution for everything (bit of Dumbledore she is...) quickly comments why not make rice cakes with it- and here is a simple recipe for sour yoghurt- Enjoy!




Ingredients- One cup of fine rice powder, sour yoghurt one big cup (dilute it in a bit of water, should not be thick yoghurt), 4 dry red chillies, cashew nut, Chana dal (split chickpea without coat), mustard.

Preparation-Prepare a liquid mixture of rice powder with sour yoghurt and set aside. In a wok add 3 spoons of cooking oil. Once the oil becomes warm add mustard, Chana dal and 4 pieces of dried red chillies. Allow the mustard to sputter and fry the red chillies to golden brown. Add in the cashews and turn the flame to medium. Pour the rice liquid in the wok slowly and keep stirring it continuously to avoid any lumps. Add salt according to your taste. Keep stirring continuously till the mixture becomes a dough and doesn't stick to the wok. Add two spoons of sesame oil and confirm that the mixture is fully cooked (if you taste the dough it should not stick to your mouth). Once cooked, put the dough in greased plate and allow it cool down. Once the dough sets cut it with a knife and make it to small pieces. Serve it with hot chutney or pickle- To make it more spicy, I usually add spicy powder which I mentioned in my previous blog when the dough is cooking in the Wok. You can also add ghee or butter once the dough is cooked to give it a rich taste.




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