I watch a Telugu TV cook show religiously because of the chef who presents two interesting segments in each episode. I can vouch by my personal experience that the recipes presented by him are mostly fool proof. He makes it appear even the tedious traditional Indian recipes' preparation a breeze and no cook show has ever held so much appeal to me as this one and that too it has held my interest for years now. This easy breezy, yummy rice dish is courtesy of that show. I watched this a couple of weeks ago and immediately tried it and as usual the chef did not disappoint me. The rice doesn't even need any vegetables, tastes absolutely delicious and provides an interesting variation to the mundane cooking. It can be prepared in a short time, making it an appealing lunch box item or a quick fix meal.
2 cups cooked Basmati rice
3 tbsp. oil
1 tbsp. cumin seeds
6 cardamom pods
3 one inch cinnamon pieces
1 bay leaf
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. ginger & garlic paste (I used ginger alone.)
1 tsp. garam masala
Salt to taste
Ingredients to grind:
1/2 cup fresh coconut pieces
3 tbsp. mint leaves
3 tbsp. cilantro leaves
2 to 3 green chillies
1/4 cup yogurt
* Heat the oil in a saute pan and add cumin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. Fry them until cumin seeds starts turning to a darker shade. Add onion, ginger-garlic paste and fry until the onion turns translucent.
* Meanwhile grind together all the ingredients mentioned under 'to grind' into a fine paste. And let the cooked rice cool a bit.
* When onion is done, add the coconut paste and salt and fry for a couple of minutes more.
* Add the rice and garam masala and mix well so that the paste is coated uniformly to rice grains.
* Serve immediately. This rice doesn't need any side dish to serve with but some yogurt may be served.
This goes to Blogging marathon #58 under the theme 'Rice Dishes'. Check the link to see what other marathoners are cooking.