Pepper Cumin rice is my quick fix rice recipe. I typically make this as one of the rice dishes as part of an elaborate meal. Serve this plain or with some kootu on the side.
You will need:
1 cup cooked rice
3 tsp black pepper
3 tsp cumin seeds or jeera
1 tsp white sesame seeds
2 green chillies – chop lengthwise
A few curry leaves
Salt to taste
For the seasoning: mustards seeds, hing or asafoetida, channa dal, urad dal, 1 dry red chilli, oil
1. In a pan dry roast pepper, jeera and white sesame seeds or til until the sesame seeds start popping. Cool and grind into a smooth powder. This powder can be made in a large batch and stored in an airtight container.
2. Cook rice and cool or use leftover rice.
3. In a pan, heat oil. Season with hing, mustard seeds, channa dal, urad dal, curry leaves, dry red chilli and green chillies. Allow the dals to turn golden brown.
4. Add the rice, salt and pepper cumin powder. Mix well. Serve.