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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

K for Kaju - Karivepaku Annam / Cashew - Curry Leaves Rice

I am here with a south Indian style rice preparation for today that has curry leaves as the star ingredient. Curry leaves is an indispensable ingredient in south Indian kitchens and used in daily cooking there. It is mostly used in tempering as a flavoring agent in many spicy dishes ranging from lentil broths, curries to rice preparations. People who are acquainted with the flavorful curry leaves do not need any convincing about how good this curry leaves based rice tastes. Growing up in a region where most home back yards boast a curry leaves tree, this dish naturally attracted me, when I happened to watch this on a cook show. The version is different than the version I usually prepare and it equally tastes aromatic and delicious. This is a great lunch box / meal idea if you have a stock of curry leaves.

1/2 cup cashew nuts
1 cup Basmati rice
1 tbsp. oil 
1 cup curry leaves
2 dried red chillies
2 green chillies
1 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. ginger, finely chopped
Salt to taste
For tadka / tempering:
1 tbsp. oil 
1 tsp. split chickpeas / chana dal, 
1 tsp. black gram / urad dal
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida
* The quantity of chilies can be changed depending upon the heat preferred.

* Soak the cashews in water for few minutes and drain.
* Rinse and soak rice in water for about 10 minutes. Drain the water and pressure cook rice adding about 1.5 cups water.
* Heat oil in a pan and add red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green chilies, ginger, curry leaves in that order. Saute for about 30 seconds. Curry leaves do not need to change the color.
* Grind the toasted ingredients to a thick paste, adding little water.
* Heat oil and add split chick peas, black gram, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds. When the dals start turning reddish, add asafoetida, soaked cashews, curry leaves, salt and the ground paste and saute.(Soaking cashews can be skipped and they can be toasted to golden brown and added to the rice.)
* Next add the cooked rice and mix well to combine. Serve immediately with papad / wadis.
Recipes so far in A - Z Rice Dishes,
A for Achaari Chole Pulao
B for Bhuna Khichuri
C for Chintapandu Pulihora
D for Dindigul Thalapakatti Veg Biryani
E for Ellorai / Ellotharai  
F for Fodnicha Bhaat 
G for Gongura Pulihora 
H for Hare Moong ki Chaaswaali Khichdi 
I for Iyengar Style Kadambam 
J for Jodhpuri Vegetable Pulao

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Usha Rao said...

Rice looks very flavorful. Though I use curry leaves a lot never tasted this rice. Thanks for sharing.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Such a flavorful rice,addition of cashews make more rich.Love the color of the rice..

Gayathri Kumar said...

I make kariveppilai saadam frequently but the addition of cashews in yur recipe sounds amazing. Next time let me try this..

vaishali sabnani said...

I am sure this rice has wonderful flavors and would be appreciated by our family..all are fond of South Indian rice and this looks tempting with curry leaves.

Priya Suresh said...

Simply love this flavourful rice, my mouth is just watering here, lipsmacking dish.

Maha Gadde said...

nice combination really..fresh curry leaves flavors awesome..

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

I love this rice.. The aroma and fresh flavor yum yum yum.. Love those cashews on top

Kalyani said...

I love all the main ingredients : Rice , Kaju & curry leaves :) definitely gonna make this Suma !

Harini-Jaya R said...

Love karivepaku annam. With the limited curry leaves we get here, I have not planned this rice. But I do get a packet of karivepaku podi from India once in a while which I can modify to make rice.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

love the addition of cashews to the rice. Makes it even more tastier and also adds a crunch to the rice.

Smruti Shah said...

I do not really fancy curry leaves in powdered form. However, the rice looks really beautiful. Bookmarking!

Archana Potdar said...

Mmm I love curry leaves so this is something I have to make right?

Pavani N said...

That is such a flavorful and delicious curry leaves rice.

Priya Srinivasan said...

That is one tempting rice, looks delicious.

Srivalli said...

Oh I thought you ground the cashews too when you had mentioned to soak, very nice one and I love karivepaku annam..