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Monday, April 11, 2011

Blogging Marathon 4, Day 1 ~ Fruity Yogurt Rice

Srivalli's Marathon 4 has started this time with three groups and I am in group 2. The fellow marathoners and their themes this time are as follows:

Diabetes Diet/Management:PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes:Me, Priya Suresh, Divya
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P 
Seven Days of Indian Bread:Monika
Seven Days of Cakes: Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals:Archana  
Seven days of Condiment:Kamalika, Srivalli

As mentioned above, I am going with kid friendly dishes this time. To start with, I am presenting a dish that is colorful, refreshing and lighter on tiny tummies. This can be served as part of a party meal too.
This spring has been really weird in the Midwest. We were in 40's last week and yesterday, it was 83 deg F (28 deg C). It was like a summer day and was quite a pleasant surprise though we slipped into 50s again today. Celebrating the warm weather and mangoes, I had prepared this fruity yogurt rice. Adding fruits to the yummy yogurt rice / daddhojanam is a common thing in South India. Grape - pomegranate combo is the most common one though I have used mango and grapes here. Rather than using the crunchy fruits that stand apart, go with the fruits that blend in well with the yogurt rice for a better feel.

Ingredients: (5 - 6 servings)
1 cup rice (I use extra long rice for yogurt rice since the cooked version would be softer than the sona masuri kind.)
Yogurt as needed (I used home made fat free yogurt)
2 cups finely chopped fruit (I used mango cubes and quartered grapes)
Minced cilantro to garnish
Salt to taste
For tadka: 1 Tbsp oil, 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal, few curry leaves, 2 red chillies broken into bits

* Cook the rice in a pressure cooker. Let cool and spread on a wide plate.
* Heat oil in a small pan, add the ginger and fry till it starts to turn brown. Then add all the other ingredients and fry them till the dals turn reddish. Cool and add this tadka to the rice.
* Add yogurt & salt as needed to the rice and combine well. Then add the fruits and mix well.
* Garnish with cilantro.

1. If you are carrying this rice on a picnic or serving later on a hot summer day, add some milk as well to the mixture. The rice remains sweeter at the time of eating. Especially, the yogurt goes sour quickly during Indian summers.
2. Take care that the fruits being used are sweet.
3. When the yogurt is added to the hot rice / tadka, the yogurt may curdle sometimes. It is better to add yogurt to the cold rice / tadka.

This goes to Reva's Healing Foods - Mango, an event originally started by Siri.



Now Serving said...

This is yummy, satisfies all the tastes for sweet, sour, and spice!

Archana Vivek said...

Yummy dish. Looks colorful.
You have a very nice space too.

harini-jaya said...

My kids & their dad love daddhojanam with 'katum kitums' as they call the dals in tadka !! And fruits always a welcome addition. This with lemon pickle and uppu mirapakaya - out of the world ..
Reg your question on Barley Dosa - Mine didn't ferment (bad timing of the weather !) but I am thinking it would rise well under 'ideal' conditions'

Smitha said...

I love perugu annam with mammidipandu and artipandu!....should also try it with drakshalu...tooo tempting!
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Shanavi said...

Divine !!! no words to describe how lovely it is

R said...

looks delicious, awesome click as alwayz :)

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

looks so delicious !!

Srivalli said...

Looks so inviting Suma!

Kairali sisters said...

Yummy yummy fruity curd rice, Great pics Suma,,

SouthindianHome said...

Yummy and colorful curd rice

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks colorful and delicious ....

reg. bittergourd chips- deep fried dear :)

Divya.M said...

wow...what a pic....looks delicious...

Priya said...

Fruit yogurt rice luks absolutely divine, simply inviting..


I have once tasted this way in a buffet,loved it,never tried at home,looks like a treat for eyes and us :)

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Absolutely divine n yummm pls pass it to me..

kaveri said...

fruity curd rice looks super delicious...My daughter's favorite..

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking rice and fruits in it healthy

Ila said...

Tempting and yummy rice :)

Sin-A-Mon (Monika) said...

perfect summer food :)

Sobha Shyam said...

Looks yummy dear..colourful too :)


vaishali sabnani said...

u get all aa"S....awsum...appealing...!!sure the grown ups will love it too:))

Kamalika said...

What a way to incorporate fruits in kids food

Reva said...

This is an awesome combo.. I love the idea of using fruits in rice... truly yummy:)