Rice items

Curd Rice

Different people have different ways of preparing curd rice. I like this one the most. This is my aayi’s version. I used to run away from it when I was growing up. Now it is one of my comfort foods.

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked rice
5 tbl spns curd(yogurt)
4-5 green chilies
5-6 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn each of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal
2 tea spns oil or ghee
A pinch asafoetida
1/2 tea spn pepper
5-6 coriander leaves
Salt

Method:
Add green chilli pieces, coriander leaves, pepper powder and salt over the cooked rice. Heat ghee and add mustard, asafoetida, curry leaves to the heated ghee and add them to the rice. Add yogurt to the rice just before serving.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 10min

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Green Pulav

This is a pulav I grew up eating. These pulavs were considered as some fancy dishes at home. So aayi would prepare them once in a while and we would go crazy over them. It is very simple to make, healthy and very delicious.

Ingredients:
2 cups basmati rice
1 cup chopped vegetables(Green beans,Cauli flower,Carrot,potatoes etc)
1/2 cup onion
7-8 strands coriander leaves
2 tea spns ginger-garlic paste
3-4 cloves
2 cardamom
2″ cinnamon
4-5 green chillies
Ghee
Salt

Method:
Soak rice for 10min in water then let it dry by spreading on a cloth.
Make a paste of coriander leaves and green chillies. Heat ghee in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, fry them for few minutes. Add onions, ginger-garlic paste, coriander paste and fry till onions turn slightly brownish. Add rice and fry for sometime. Add all vegetables. Fry for 5mins. Add about 4 cups of water and salt. Cover the lid and let it cook. After about 10mins of cooking, open the lid and check. If all water is evaporated and rice is not yet done, add more water. For better results, cook on medium heat. (Avoid mixing the pulav when it is cooking, the rice gets mashed if mixed again and again. It can be gently stirred once in a while). Serve hot with raita(carrot, tomato, onion, coriander leaves, green chilies, salt mixed in yogurt).

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 40 min

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Mushroom Pulav

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In North Canara, we get mushrooms when the rain starts. These are usually naturally grown in forests. Some people who know about where to find good edible mushrooms, pick them up from these places. They are the tastiest mushrooms I have ever tasted. Aayi prepares this dish with those mushrooms. You can even use artificially grown ones which we get in markets these days.

Ingredients:
2 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup onion
1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1 tea spn cumin seeds
2 tea spns chili powder
A pinch turmeric
2 tbl spns ghee or oil
Salt

Method:
Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they start popping, add onions and fry. Add mushrooms,chili powder,turmeric powder and salt. Fry for some time. Add rice and fry for 2min. Pour about 4 cups of water. Cover and cook on medium heat. Check after about 10mins to see if all water is absorbed. If it requires more water, add it.

Serves : 5
Preparation time : 15 min
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