Indian cuisine - The Healthy and Tasty way to Life

Indian cuisine has been around for at least 2500-3000 years and it has changed much over the years. The use of many different herbs and spices make each dish quite unique. Each different region in India is known for it's wide selection of different recipes and Indian cooking styles and tastes. Though about one third of the population is strictly vegetarian, there are many different dishes that include chicken, lamb and goat meat. In India though the cow is thought of as a sacred animal therefore you will not find many recipes including beef. Food is such an important part of Indian culture as in most cultures, and plays an important role in the family life and in festival celebrations. There is also usually a dessert served as well.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spiced Curry Leaves Rice Recipe

Spiced Curry Leaves Rice Recipe
Prep & Cooking: 30 mts
Cuisine: Andhra
3 cups cooked and cooled white rice (each grain should be seperate)
1 1/4 cups fresh curry leaves
1 tbsp split gram dal
1/2 tbsp bengal gram
8-9 black pepper corns
pinch of turmeric pwd
2 tsps oil
salt to taste
For tempering/poppu/tadka:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida (optional)
1 Heat a tsp of oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add the dals and toss them till they turn red. Add the pepper corns and toss for a minute. Turn of heat and cool.
2 In the same vessel, heat another tsp of oil and add the curry leaves and on low-medium heat, toss them constantly till they change color and turn crisp. Don’t burn them. This could take about 4-5 mts. Turn off heat and cool.
3 Grind the toasted dals and pepper corns to a coarse powder. Add the toasted curry leaves and grind to a coarse pwd. Remove and keep aside.
4 Heat oil for tempering in the same vessel, add the mustards seeds and let them splutter. Add the asafoetida and toss for a few seconds. Turn off heat.
5 Add the cooked rice to the tempering, sprinkle salt and turmeric pwd. Add the ground curry leaves-spices pwd and combine till well blended. Adjust salt.
6 Serve hot with yogurt (perugu) or pachadi of your choice.


malaysiastreetfood said...

Any type of white rice will do?

Adhysteria said...

Use White Rice preferable is Basmati

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