I am in constant search of simple recipes to cook for lunch boxes. Usually, I cook some simple lunch to take to office. It all changed in last few months when due to extreme weather conditions, I just feel like getting up late in the morning. So my lunch boxes were getting affected. I started cooking rice in the morning but pack the previous day’s gravy with it. But then, I have always felt it is not a good idea to pack gravies in lunch boxes as it is difficult to eat them in office. It is not an issue for me as my office is very near to home and I come home for lunch, but I feel bad for V. So from last one week, I am trying my best to get back to my old routine of packing either such quick fix rice items or chapathis for lunch.
I tried this recipe a couple of days ago. It is inspired by a recipe from the book “Pleasure of rice cooking” by Sneha R Vij. I had picked up this book in Bangalore before coming here but have hardly used it. This particular recipe caught my attention because we both are big fans of mangoes.
I did a minor change to the recipe – I added few finely chopped mangoes along with a mango paste. It gave a very nice bite to the dish. The aroma that comes out of the dish while frying, is very very intoxicating. Ever since I tried this,we have become huge fans of this mango rice. It is making a regular appearance in my boxes these days.
1 cup rice
1/4 cup raw mangoes roughly chopped and 1/4 cup very finely chopped
1/2 tea spn chana dal
1 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn urad dal
1 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
3-4 green chilies
4-5 curry leaves
A pinch asafoetida
A pinch turmeric
Cook rice – make sure each grain is separate, It becomes mushy if the rice is soft.
Grind coconut with turmeric, 1/2 tea spn mustard seeds and 1/4 cup coarsely chopped mangoes, to a very coarse paste without adding any water.
Heat oil and add chana dal. When it is turning brownish, add mustard seeds and urad dal. Add curry leaves, green chilies and asafoetida. Fry for a min.
Now add the finely chopped mangoes and fry for few minutes till they become soft. Add the ground paste and fry till a nice aroma comes out. Add salt and rice. Mix well.
Serves : 2
Preparation time : 25mins
PS: Increase or decrease the quantities of mangoes depending on sourness.
For better texture and taste, do not include the skin (mangoes available in US have a very thick skin which do not taste well).
Even the left over rice from previous day can be used for this.