Tried and tasted by Nivedita
One more interesting and very tasty rice which I love the most and the whole year I wait for this, as I have to prepare this only during November till January end.
We get this only from November till January. I love to eat this just like that. (We call it Kadli geeda in Kannada). Great time pass when chatting with your friends! But I take care not to spread all the skin and leaves on the ground and my environment dirty.
When I was browsing the net for this, I got these links, which explains in detail about this. (http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/the-turkish-domestication-of-the-chickpea/)
And the rice prepared using these chana really has different taste! NO other dry chana can replace this taste as each chana has its own taste. After Avare kalu I love this one very much. But we make lot of dishes with Avare kalu, and this girly chana (What!???!? Now a days, without my knowledge, I am getting funny words for my kitchen things, girly because of its beautiful fresh curves on its body!!!) is used to make very few dishes.
Here is the recipe,
Long grain or normal rice - 1 cup(soak in a water for a minute and keep it to dry at least for 15 minutes.
Fresh chana(ಕಡಲೆ ಕಾಳು) - 1 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Fry and paste the below ingradients:
(Go on adding one by one after each minute in a tbsp oil and fry till nice aroma comes)
Onion - 1 big, (this needs 2 minutes to fry). After the onion is fried go on adding others.
Fresh coconut -1/4 cup
Ginger - 1/2"
Green chilly - 2 to 3
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - 1"
Tomato - 1 small
Pudina (Mint leaves) - 1 bunch
When cool, make into a fine paste and keep aside
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Heat oil in a cooker. Add the ready paste and fry till it starts leaving oil on the side. Now add fresh chana and salt. Cook it for a minute and add rice. Mix properly and fry for a minute or so. Add hot or warm water, according to how much the rice needs water. (usually what I do is, I do not measure the water for rice, but pour the water till the rice is just covered, but each rice has its own quality. So be sure about the water intake of the rice or else it will turn into kichadi!!)
Cover the cooker with lid and give two whistle. When done, add lime juice before transferring into serving bowl.
Fresh chana green rice is ready to serve. Enjoy each bite of chana!