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Methi Cauliflower Rice

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This simple, flavorful Biryani style rice is super easy to make and great for a hurried weekday lunch or dinner. Of course, this recipe came about while I was trying to finish up some fresh methi leaves and cauliflower that was lying in my refrigerator!

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 You will need:
1/2 to 1 cup Fresh Methi or Fenugreek leaves – This is optional, but the methi adds a very wonderful flavor to the rice; Wash and chop
Rice – 2 cups (I used Sona masoori, you may use Basmati too)
2 medium sized Onions – Peel, Wash and Chop
3 to 4 green chillies – Slit or coarsely mash in a mortar and pestle
Garlic – 3; Peel and mash roughly
1 Tomato – Wash and Chop into cubes
Cauliflower – 1.2 head; Break into florets, wash and blanch in hot water; Drain and keep aside
Salt to taste
3 tbsp Oil

Dry Powders:
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli/Dhaniya Powder or Curry Powder
1 tsp Dhaniya powder or Coriander powder
1/2 tsp – Garam Masala (I used a homemade powder of roasted cinnamon, cloves, elaichi and mace)
1 tsp Pav bhaji masala

Method:
1. Wash the rice and cook in an electric cooker. I use the ratio 1 cup Rice to 2.5 Cups water for Sona Masoori Rice or 1 cup Rice to 1.5 cups water for Basmati Rice. While the rice is cooking you can prep all the other ingredients.
2. In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water to boil. Break the cauliflower into medium sized florets, wash and put it into the saucepan with boiling water. Add about 1 tsp salt to this water. Cover with a lid for about 5 mins. Drain. Keep aside.
3. Chop the onions, tomatoes, crush the garlic and green chillies and keep aside. Wash the methi leaves and chop and keep aside.
4. In a pan, heat 3 tbsp Oil. Add a small piece of cinnamon, 2 to 3 cloves, bay leaf and saute. Add the chopped onions, garlic, methi leaves and green chilli and fry until the onions are golden brown.


5. Add the chopped tomatoes, the dry powders and 1/2 tsp salt and saute until the tomatoes are mushy and the mixture is oily. At this point add the garam masala powder and mix well.


6. Add the blanched cauliflower and mix well. Add about 1/2 cup water close with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes until all the water evaporates.


7. Add the cooked rice at this point, salt to taste and 1/2 tsp garam masala powder. Mix well. Then add the pav bhaji masala powder and mix well.


8. You can add 1 tsp ghee at this point for flavor. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

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Curd Rice

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If Dal Chaawal can satisfy the North Indian Soul (it is actually comfort for any Indian soul 🙂 ), then Curd Rice is the ultimate comfort food for a South Indian Soul.
Most South Indian kids grow up on eating curd rice and definitely that sets the stage for a love for this simple yet satisfying dish.
In Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, which is home to Lord Venkateshwara or Balaji, one of the richest Gods of Hindu Mythology, this curd rice or “Daddojanam” as it is called in “Telugu” is served as Prasaad to devotees. If you have been to Tirupathi and know what I am talking about then you will definitely share my feelings. That soft, warm rice, seasoned to perfection and mixed with fresh curd and fresh butter is something to die for!! Not only do we go to see Balaji, we definitely go to Tirupathi to not miss the Prasaad 😛

We at home love this curd rice. My kids call it “Seasoned curd rice” and is perfect for any meal. I usually serve it as part of a full meal or sometimes just on its own. It is not only comforting but is also very cooling and satisfying.

Delicious Curd Rice served with homemade Lime Pickle. If this is not bliss then what is :-P

Delicious Curd Rice served with homemade Lime Pickle. If this is not bliss then what is 🙂

You will need:
Cooked Rice – 1 cup
Homemade Curds (Homemade plain yogurt) – 2 to 3 cups
Salt to taste
Chopped Cilantro for Garnishing

For Seasoning:
Hing or Asafoetida – a pinch
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Cumin or Jeera
1/2 tsp Urad dal
Grated ginger – 1/4 tsp
1 Dry red chilli – broken
1 Green chilli – Chopped fine
Curry leaves

Method:
1. Cook the rice in a electric rice cooker or pressure cooker. Cool. With your hand mash the rice slightly. Add salt, mix well and keep aside.

DSC_04042. In a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add the seasoning ingredients one at a time. When the mustard splutters, add the dals and hing. Allow the dals to turn golden brown, then add the remaining seasoning ingredients and fry for a minute.

DSC_04053. Add this seasoning to the cooked, mashed rice.

DSC_04064. Mix well, add chopped cilantro and mix.

DSC_04085. Add the curds and mix well.

DSC_04096. Serve cold with pickle on the side. Delicious curd rice is ready!!

Yummy Curd Rice is ready!!

Yummy Curd Rice is ready!!

Note:
1. You can add chopped green grapes while mixing the the curds. This is very delicious too.
2. You can add pomegranate seeds into the curd rice.
3. Some people like to add finely chopped cucumber.
4. Some people even like to add sour cream to the curd rice, though i prefer not to.
5. If you have fresh home made butter, you can add 1 tsp of fresh butter to the curd rice and mix.

Here I have served Yummy Curd rice as part of a meal with Puri (Deep fried Bread) and Tomato Moong Saagu – my favorite combination for Puris. Recipe for Tomato Moong Dal Saagu here.

Puris, Tomato Moong Dal Saagu, Curd Rice with Lime Pickle.

Puris, Tomato Moong Dal Saagu, Curd Rice with Lime Pickle.

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