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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yogurt-Fruit Rice


Wracking my brain has become a common sort of thing each month when Kalyani announces her magic mingle theme. This month was no different and I thought from watermelon pancakes to phirni, only to settle with a traditional dish at the end. Yogurt rice is one of those simple, soothing dishes from south India and especially a pleasing one on a hot, sultry day. Like many families down in south, we too had enjoyed our share of picnics with pulihora (tamarind rice) and daddhojanam (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. And during summers, we are used to eating mangoes at the end of our lunch / dinner with the yogurt rice. Since mangoes are believed to be heat inducing fruits, we always pair it with the yogurt rice. And this time I added watermelon, orange and pineapple for a refreshing dish.Take care that the fruits being used are sweet. 

Ingredients: (Serves 5 - 6)
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 (Fat free yogurt will do.)
2 cups finely chopped fruit (I used watermelon, pineapple cubes and orange here.)
Minced cilantro to garnish
Salt to taste
For tadka: 1 Tbsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal, few curry leaves, 2 red chillies broken into bits


Method:
* Cook the rice in a pressure cooker. Let cool and spread on a wide plate.
* Heat oil in a small pan and add chanadal. When chanadal starts to turn reddish add urad dal and mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start to pop, add curry leaves and chillies. Turn off the stove. 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.

Note:
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 serving. Especially, the yogurt goes sour quickly during Indian summers.
2. 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 
1. Magic Mingle #16 - Watermelon & Rice Combo.



 2. "Seasonal Dishes" theme based week of blogging month.



Comments

12 comments:

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Wow, that is a very colorful idea. This time I too thought about watermelon-rice combo but my husband vetoed against them so didn't attempt anything adventurous :)

Pallavi Purani said...

Such an interesting idea. This one is a very beautiful and colorful dish.

Sapana Behl said...

looks innovative and refreshing...

Akila said...

Wow that a great n colourful idea....
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Srivalli said...

That's really one colourful curd rice suma, great ideas..I have only used mangoes, grapes and poms in curd rice, would try this next time.

Priya Suresh said...

Very cool and brilliant idea of adding fruits in yogurt rice..Loving it.

Preeti Garg said...

wow.. nice flavors with curd, rice and melon .. interesting twist

Archana Potdar said...

Wow this is colourful. Love teh idea a lot only not to sure the rest of the family will fall in line. So might as well mix in my plate then let them tatse it.

Rajani S said...

Nice idea of pairing rice and watermelon. Curd rice is a must for every family from South, I believe :-)

The Pumpkin Farm said...

this is definitely the best of the combo i have see so far, it seems perfect the coolness is oozing from the pictures

Pavani N said...

Such a colorful and refreshing dish. Looks yumm!!

Suchi Sm said...

Yu my colorful combo