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Saturday, September 17, 2016

A - Z Rice Recipes ~ O for Oliya

I started this week with a Rajasthani dish and am ending it on a sweeter note, with one more traditional dish from the same state called oliya. This dish was kinda what kick-started the idea of this A - Z Rice series, more than a year ago. I happened to hear about oliya for the first time on a Hindi TV serial though the team was creative enough not to show the actual dish. The actors pretended well enough to relish it from empty bowls and spoons piquing my curiosity to explore about it.
It turned out that oliya is a traditional rice based dish prepared during Holi in Rajasthan. It is a flavored and sweetened yogurt rice  with a creamy consistency like pudding. Rice is cooked softly and mixed with yogurt, sugar and nuts and flavored with saffron and cardamom that yields a tempting and delightful dessert ideal for scorching, summer days. The combination of yogurt and sugar is a natural coolant and this dish sounds perfect for the hot, arid climate that is typical for the state. 

Ingredients: 2 servings
1/2 cup cooked rice
1 & 1/2 cups yogurt (fat free one will also do.)
1/2 cup sugar or to taste (I added less.)
1/2 tsp. saffron strands + 1 tbsp. warm milk
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 cup mix of raisins and chopped nuts like cashews, almonds and pistachios (or adjust the quantity)
* Cook rice very softly and when it cools down, mash it finely. (I used extra long grain rice which was best for this.)
* Slightly crush saffron strands between your fingers and soak in warm milk for about 5 to 10 minutes.
* Beat the yogurt lightly and mix with rice.
* Save some raisins and nuts for garnishing. Add sugar, saffron milk, cardamom and the remaining raisins and nuts to the yogurt rice mix from above and mix well.
* Chill the mixture for a couple of hours. Garnish with the saved raisins and nuts before serving.
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 
K for Kaju - Karivepaku Annam 
L for Lilva Khichdi
M for Mamidikaaya - Kobbari Pulihora 
N for Narali Bhaat

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Gayathri Kumar said...

Such a creamy dessert. I am hearing about this for the first time and it is quite interesting to learn new dishes..

vaishali sabnani said...

Wow , the Oliya is so new to me..looks nice and rich..Lol on the hindi soaps where they are forever using empty tea cup and bowls..but must say sharp observation :)

Priya Suresh said...

Oliya sounds like an interesting dessert, never heard about it. Luscious dessert there.

Usha said...

Oliya looks creamy and divine but not loaded with too many calories.

Kalyani said...

Oh wow ! Creamy sweetened curd rice ! Interesting pick there , suma

Harini R said...

That is a splendid choice for 'O'. Very unique name and the dish sounds like a creamy version.

Srividhya said...

Great pick for O.. superb. love this creamy rich dish

Ritu Tangri said...

Never heard the name, but we do make it on dusshera festival. Next time I'll add saffron as well that we don't add otherwise.

Archana said...

Wow awesome dish. Love the pics and okay I do not enjoy my curd sweet but will like to make an exception here.

Smruti Ashar said...

Such a wonderful recipe from a challenging letter! Loved the Oliya!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

That is a very different recipe and love the name of the dish.

Pavani said...

What an interesting rice based dessert this is -- almost like a shrikhand mixed with rice. Looks creamy & delicious.

cookingwithsapana said...

Wow that is a very interesting dessert. Have to try this.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

LOL, most of TV serial people, get to drink only empty cups, think the number of shots they take for a scene!!!
That is an interesting dessert with yogurt and rice!!! Looks yummm!

Srivalli said...

That is really a fantastic find and glad this pushed you to pick this series..lol on the TV serial!..