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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Rice Dishes ~ Fodnicha Bhaat / Phodnicha Bhaat

Leftover rice in Indian kitchens is a common occurrence as rice is eaten in majority of the households on a daily basis. In olden days, when there were no conveniences like a cooker or a microwave to reheat the food, leftover rice mixed with curd or a pickle would be served as a breakfast for school going kids in many homes. Or the women of the house had to finish it off during lunch times, if being frugal or given away to a maid. Sometimes, the leftover rice was / is recycled into something interesting like today's Fodnicha bhaat or a lemon rice. 

Turning left over rice into something delicious and likable using the simplest trick of seasoning is pretty common in many parts of the country. There is talimpu annam from Andhra, oggarane anna from Karnataka and so on. Today's version is from the state of Maharashtra and is called fodnicha bhaat / phodnicha bhaa, which literally means seasoned rice. It is a simple and quick dish to prepare and a great way to recycle the leftover rice. I am not used to eating rice for breakfast as neither of my mothers served it in the mornings and so, I never came across this seasoned rice in our families. I tried it for the first time a few months back and I was immensely pleased with this recipe. Though fodnicha bhaat is prepared as a breakfast, it makes a great meal anytime, especially on lazy days.
Ingredients: (4 servings)
1 to 2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. peanuts (optional)
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 small green chili, finely chopped
Few curry leaves
1 cup finely chopped onion
A pinch of asafoetida
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Red chili powder to taste
3 cups cooked rice (I used sona masuri.)
2 tbsp. minced cilantro to garnish
* Heat oil in a pan and add peanuts. When they start turning golden brown, add mustard and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds start to pop, add curry leaves and green chili. Saute for few seconds and then add onion. Cook until it is translucent. There is no need to brown the onion. 
* Then add asafoetida, turmeric powder, salt, red chili powder and cooked rice. Mix well with a spatula and cook for a minute. Turn off the stove.
* Garnish with cilantro and serve.

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 
 Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 68.


Usha Rao said...

This is a very common preparation in at my place. We don't add peanuts but my Mil use to as she loved peanuts. As you said, make it for dinner and lunch as well when lazy or when I am out of veggies at home.

Gayathri Kumar said...

My mom used to make a mixed rice with the left over rice and we used to love it. This is a nice way to use up the leftovers. Looks so inviting..

The Pumpkin Farm said...

my mom shared stories about bulk quantities within large families...during breakfast, there was no hassle to break down the rice and since it was not long grained, there used to be huge chunks of white rice. that tasted delicious in middle of the spiced rice ....ur rice looks wonderful and know why u r hooked on

Nalini's Kitchen said...

We do the same way except peanuts,sometimes mom used to add tomato too.Nice way to use up the leftover rice..

Priya Suresh said...

Even my mom do this rice often, never knew that this dish is called as fodnicha bhaat, interesting name to know.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Good one. My mom used to make ullipaya annam almost on the same lines in out growing up years.

Kalyani said...

I love the oggarane Anna - this seems very similar to it ; use of leftover rice in most regions across India are so delicious

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

Great idea to use left over rice. love those clicks and your props.

Sapana Behl said...

This is my kind of leftover rice dish.Lovely presentation.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love the name of the bhaath and it is a great recipe to use up leftover rice.

Srivalli said...

Even it is not a practise in our families..I have started cooking these for lunch after blogging..:)..what a fantastic looking bowl of rice Suma..

Priya Srinivasan said...

We are used to having leftover rice for breakfast. this looks a nice way to jazz up cold rice!

Archana Potdar said...

My favourite. I love it with curds.

Smruti Shah said...

This rice is made very commonly in our house. Combined with yogurt or raita, we have a hearty meal! Loved your version.

Ritu Tangri said...

fastest way of converting leftover rice to a flavorsome dish

Pavani N said...

That is a delicious dish with leftover rice.