Showing posts with label rice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rice. Show all posts

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
So again I am here for the PPCS EVENT. This time I got my partner Balachandrika of She has prepared a very healthy rice and yes it is, and a very good way to feed black urad dal to your kids without any problem. I loved it, my kids loved it(surprisingly my younger one took second help). I too prepared Brinjal curry with it as even Balachandrika had given in her post. My method is different but tasted good with the hot rice. Thanks Bala for this healthy and delicious recipe. 

Please visit her place for the detailed recipe as I have copied exactly the same. And for the brinjal curry, I will post it in a week. (Its a promise this time). 
She has explained it with step by step photos. Enjoy. 

Sending this to Jagruti's 

Keep Smiling, 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I just can't wait to share this recipe. I know its very simple and may be most of you might have tried it before. But there are few things which we keep on delaying to try for no reason. This week, I prepared few dishes which are easy to make and I liked to have also, still I never tried. Yesterday I made simple Banana milk shake, first  time!!! and today I prepared this lovely spicy brown rice. It was the healthiest dinner and we all liked it so much. I never thought brown rice can be so tasty.

Planning to have some good rice at least twice a week,  I thought of making brown rice which was lying in the kitchen since 6 months. 
I use brown rice while making  Dosa or Brown Rice Paddu(Gundpanglu)
I soaked it for an hour with lot of water and then cooked it in the cooker with little salt for 6 whistles. When it was cold I opened and checked the taste and I was very sure that no one will eat this bland rice(except me). I was loving it, but there are another three in the family!! There was so much water in it and I did not wanted to waste it.
Then I thought of giving it some weight :-), added fresh sambhar powder, jaggery, turmeric and some more salt. There was kokum syrup in the fridge (which I prepared day before yesterday). Thought of adding it.
Mixed all the ingredients in the same cooker and gave 2 more whistles!! :-)
Tempered with ghee, mustard seeds and curry leaves with red dry chillies.

Thats it... My super dinner was ready to be served. 
When everyone saw it on the dining table, there was big NO at first, but I told them to taste at least one spoon..... no one knew when that one spoon multiplied into many and the rice got over  :-)
Here is the recipe(I have already given above, but, down is the formal way)
Brown rice - 1 cup
Water - 3 cups
Salt to taste
for Masala
Sambhar powder - 2 tbsp(Fresh home made or brought from store like MRT..)
I used my fresh sambhar powder
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - 2 tsp
Kokum syrup - 1 tbsp or Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp
Salt - if you feel its less in the cooked rice.
For tempering,
Ghee -1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red dry chilly -2 to 3 broken into pieces.
Hing - a dash of

Clean, wash and soak the rice in water for an hour at least.
Cook it in the cooker for 5 whistles. (I had kept it directly in the small cooker)
Allow to cool.
Add all the ingredients under masala. 
Mix well and give two more whistles.
Allow to cool,
Heat ghee in a kadai,
add mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing and chilly.
Add this to the rice. 
boil for a minute and serve hottttttttt :-)

Keep Smiling,

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spinach and Garlic Pickled Rice.

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Those were the years  when I was scared to try anything new in rice dishes. Every time I was a failure when ever I tried some pulao, biryani, or something like that.
But now....... I am very happy that I am confident and can cook more than 30 types of  rice varieties. Thanks to many bloggers. I am again happy to enter the blog world..
Last week, when I saw Palak Tulsi Chawal - पालक तुलसी चावल (Spinach and Basil Rice) in 's blog, I wanted to make this. 
Two days back, when I saw palak in the fridge, thought of making her rice. But as usual I was out of the ingredients and this time it was tulsi ;-), I wanted to pluck some leaves from the temple, but the ajjiri at home did not allow me to do saying that one should not pluck the tulsi leaves in the night. I did not wanted to hurt her feelings,
So thought of cooking plain spinach rice which is very common in my kitchen. This time I thought of adding more garlic.
Here is my version of Spinach rice in which I gave a last minute TWIST by adding GARLIC PICKLE to get that extra Garlic flavor. 
The rice was just superb and was over within no time (And I came to know later that Rajul kept a bowl of rice in the fridge to eat the next day:-))

Ingredients: (for 4 people)
Rice - 2 cups(normal, or basmati, but make sure the rice should come out dry not soft)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 small, chopped into slices
Spinach - 1 small bunch, cleaned, washed and chopped finely
Garlic - 10- 12 cloves
Tomato - 1 big, chopped finely
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Fresh cream - 1 tbsp(optional)
Salt to taste(little less, as there will be salt in the pickle also)
Sugar - 1 tsp
Water to cook the rice(warm water will be fine, I keep a mug of water in a micro wave to get quick warm water)
Garlic pickle(Readymade, I used MTR brand) - 2 tbsp

Wash the rice and soak it for 10 minutes. Drain and keep it to dry.
Heat oil in a cooker.
Add cumin seeds.
Add onion and fry till the color changes.
Add the garlic and fry for a minute.
Add the palak and tomato. Fry till the tomato becomes soft.
Add all the dry masala powders and PICKLE.
Mix well and add the rice. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, till the masala get mixed with the rice.
Add the fresh cream and fry again for few seconds.
Add the water just to cover the rice. 
Cover the cooker and give one whistle. 
Allow to cool.
Serve hot with some more garlic pickle.... Or
The best food to take  for a lunch. When I was working I used to make the masala fry ready in the night only and used to keep in the fridge. So in the morning it was just to add water and give one whistle. And my lunch box would have been ready to take :-)

Keep Smiling,

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rice for sweet tooth(Reposting)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I am back from holidays. Lot of work to be done. I don't know how I am going to manage all alone. And I love my blog and my readers. I can not stay away from posting my recipes or my thoughts. I always wait to share everything with you all. 
But, now, my internet is playing hide and seek with me. There is some problem in BSNL connections and its government thing and you can understand how fast the work will be done :-)
Now in the midnight, I got up to drink the water and saw the internet connected, I switched on the computer and posting some recipes from archived posts for the event. I am not sure when I will be back with another post, I hope you do understand and wait for me.
Here are 2 entries from my archived posts for the event 

Sweet Coconut Rice

Payesh(Rice Kheer)

Sending these to

(which is  MY ... event)

Keep Smiling,

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rice and Jaggery Pancakes(akki bellada Dosa)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I am starting this post with my old statement : Events inspire me to try new things and sometime I try the old or traditional recipes for participating in the events.
AND I am very happy and thanks to my brother. He gifted me the camera. My new camera is SONY,DSC-W 570.(Review about the product is soon in my blog). So I can post my new recipes with new photos.

This Rice and Jaggery Pancake is not a new dish, but I never bothered to try it. When I visited many blogs, I came through this recipe. But every time, I used to read the method, loved the clicks and then forget.
and now, when there is my event going on which is guest hosted by Priya, I thought of trying this one. But I did not wanted to go through any recipes,  I wanted to rely on my memory and my version. And hey, I have good(not very good) memory. The pancakes I tried were just delicious. I checked the other blogs after I finished making, my preparation was almost the same but I had omitted few ingredients.
Coming to my version(it might be same in some other blogs too, but that is totally without my knowledge.)

Coming to the recipe,

Ingredients :
Rice(I used regular rice) - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup or little less as per your taste
Cardamom - 1,peeled and crushed
Fresh coconut - 1/2 cup, grated or break into pieces.
Salt a pinch
Ghee to make the pancakes.(1/2 tsp for each pancake)

Soak the rice for 5 to 6 hours.
Drain and grind into coarse paste. In the last round add the grated coconut and cardamom and grind into fine paste.
Before the last round, add  the jaggery and grind one more round.
Remove and transfer the batter into a bowl.
You can start making the pan cakes immediately or even after keeping it for sometime.
Heat the dosa pan. Spread the batter into small and thick dosa.
Let it cook on low flame for half a minute. Turn it and cook on other side.
Spread 1/2 tsp of ghee on it, Remove and repeat with remaining batter.
I got 8 dosas with the qty I had taken.
Serve hot with pickle.
Sending this to
(which is  MY ... event)


Krithika of Krithi's Kitchen where this interesting evenGuest Hosting - Breakfast Club #10 - The Theme is... (which is started by HELEN)

Keep Smiling,

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chinese Fried Rice(Restaurant STyle)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
We all four in my family love Chinese food.
The Chinese food  I enjoyed the most and many times was when I was in UAE. I miss Chinese food from UAE!!
Strange right!Hey I love Arabic food too.
Coming to the recipe,
Fried rice is very common in my house, and I learnt to make exactly like restaurant after many trial and error method. Now its on weekly menu in our house. We never get tired of this rice. In UAE, I used to add the chicken to make it Chicken fried rice. But now restricted to only Veg. Fried rice. I have many benefits in this.
My younger daughter who never likes to eat vegetables, love this rice and all the vegetables goes in without any fuss. Its easy for me to make it for the lunch box. My elder daughter's friends love this rice, so I have to pack two boxes and that makes my daughter happy to share it and get compliments for her mother(thats me).

Here is the easiest recipe to enjoy the Chinese food at home. Cutting vegetables is time consuming, most of the times, I cut the vegetables at night(I do not like but, depends on the time available in the morning) and keep ready.
Cooked and cold rice - 1 big bowl, loosened.
Finely cubed vegetables - 1/2 cup(Carrot and beans)
Fresh or frozen peas - 1/2 cup
Finely Shredded Cabbage - 1/2 cup
Spring onion - few lines, finely chopped OR
Normal onion - 1  small, finely sliced
Green Capsicum - 1 small, finely cubed
I always use,
Green chilly - 1 big, finely cubed
(Me and my daughter are allergic to Capsicum, it gives hyper acidity)
Oil - 1 tbsp(normal or Olive)
Garlic - 4 cloves, finely chopped
Ginger - 1/4", finely chopped
Salt to taste
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Sugar  - 1 tsp
Dry red chilly powder - 1/4 or 1/8 tsp(just to give color)
Soy Sauce - 1 tbsp
White Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tbsp

  1. Para boil the carrot, beans and peas(if using fresh peas) and keep it aside.
  2. Keep everything ready on hand as you should be very quick to add and saute the vegetables.
  3. Heat the oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
  4. When its VERY HOT, add ginger and garlic, saute it for few seconds. 
  5. Now add the onion(if using normal one), fry for half a minute. 
  6. Add, paraboiled vegetables, green chilly(or capsicum if using), shredded cabbage. Saute for a minute.
  7. Add the spring onion at this(if using).
  8. Add the soya sauce, White vinegar and tomato ketchup. Mix well. 
  9. Add the rice, salt,red chilly powder, sugar and cornflour.
  10. Mix well, and cook for few minutes.
  11. Serve hot with Vinegar and chilly sauce.
  12. (Vinegar and Chilly sauce : Take 2 green chilly and chop it very finely. Take 1/2 cup vinegar and put it in a glass or plastic bowl. Add the chopped green chilly. Keep it for 3 to 4 hours before using. You can store it in the fridge for a week also)

I think this is the best recreation by me which tastes same like restaurant. Thats why Sending this to 
Champa's guest hosting event
Which is the original idea of Srivalli.

(Very upset, because I can not upload any new photos for my blog. Two days back, I lost my camera. My many recipe clicks went off! Need to wait to buy one more camera, which is not going to be possible soon.)

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Payesh(Rice Kheer)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I always wait for a chance to prepare sweets and have it too.This week is Bengali sweets week for me.  I am already late in my entries to PJ's event. I do not want to loose this chance to try new sweet dishes from Bengal.
Here is one simple yet yummy sweet which I really loved to eat. My younger daughter loved it.
I browsed many sites for the recipe and I got the same recipe from all. There were 2 recipes. One with sugar and another one was with condensed milk.
I went for sugar one. 
Here goes the recipe:

Basmati Rice - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/2 litre
Sugar - 1/4 cup or more
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Saffron Strands - 2(soaked in 1 tbsp warm milk)
Bay leaf - 1
Chopped nuts - 2 tbsp(Soaked in warm milk)
(I chopped the nuts very fine, as my kids do not like if I put whole)

Soak the rice for 15 min to half an hour. Drain it and keep aside.
Keep the milk to boil. 
When it is boiled for few minutes, add the drained rice and bay leaf.
Cook the rice till it is boiled 3/4th on low flame (It may take around 25 to 30 minutes).
Keep on stirring in between.
Add the sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well. Add chopped nuts and keep on cooking till the rice is cooked.
Add the saffron strands and cook for a minute.
Allow it to cool.
Serve with some  more chopped nuts.
Serve chilled if you like.
Sending this to 
PJ's ongoing event  

Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gujarathi Kichadi

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Rice is my weakness!!! Do you think I get weak when it comes to FOOD!! yes. Nothing can comfort me other than good food. It is not compulsory to have rich, lavish, expensive, Indian, Continental or from any part of the world. Some times a simple kichadi also makes you feel happy.
The down recipe made me and my kids very happy and we all  enjoyed it for dinner. 
It is the simplest but tastiest Kichadi I have ever tried. 
You don't need anything with it other than a hungry stomach!! 

Thank you so much Sushma for sharing such a wonderful  recipe.

Coming to the recipe,

Split green gram with skin : 1/2 cup
Yellow moong dal  : 1/4 cup
Rice: 1 cup (any rice)

Whole garam masala :
Cinnamon: 1/2"  stick
Cardamom: 2nos
Clove: 2 nos
Green chilli: 1 no
Pepper powder: 1/2 tsp

Ghee/clarified butter: 2  tbsp
Oil: 1 tbsp

Bay leaf : 1
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: 1 string
Asafoetida: a pinch
Turmeric: 2 big pinches

Salt: According to taste

Water:  I used till one inch above the rice level.

Wash the dal and rice.  Soak in water for 30 minutes or more. 

Drain the water and keep it ready.
Heat oil in a cooker. 
Add cumin seeds. Now be quick to add all the whole garam masalas. Fry till nice aroma fills your kitchen.
Add curry leaves, hing and sauté.
Now add green chilly and turmeric.
Add the drained rice and Dal.  Mix well and fry for some time. Add hot water till 1" above the rice level. Add salt and give 3 - 4 whistles. Remove from fire. 
When cold, open and check the consistency.  If you like more watery, add some more HOT water and boil it for some time. Add the ghee before serving.
I bet, you will enjoy this wonderful, healthy Kichadi.

Sending this to the event by SimplySensationalFood.

Keep Smiling,

Friday, August 27, 2010

Garlic Rice,Curd Rice and Chutney Rice(Leftover delicacies)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Left over rice can be used to make many yummy dishes Most of the time I make more rice in the night to prepare some thing from it, the next day.
My preparation depends on the texture of the rice.
If it is hard and grains apart, I make garlic rice
If its soft I go for curd rice.
And if its very soft and mushy, I use it for making Thalipeeth.
Giving here recipe for garlic rice, curd rice and chutney rice.

Garlic Rice:
This is my favorite rice when I want to have a spicy food. 

Left over rice - 1 cup
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Curry leaves - few
Garlic - 8 to 10 small cloves( 4 to 6 if taking big one)
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Salt taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Fresh coriander - 1 tbsp, chopped to garnish
Heat oil in a kadai. When hot, add mustard seeds and wait till splutter. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, onion and fry for few seconds.  Add crushed garlic and fry till brown. Add chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Add the rice, mix well. Add sugar and fresh coriander. Cook for a minute. Cover and keep for few minutes for rice to get the garlic flavor. 
Enjoy hot garlic rice.
Single serve

Curd Rice:
When the rice becomes watery or soft, it best to make curd rice. What will soothe you in summer? A bowl of curd rice kept in the fridge for sometime before you eat it.

Left over cooked rice : 1cup
Curds or fresh yogurt - 1/2 cup
Milk -2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – few
Red dry chilli -3 broken
Urad dal – 1 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Fresh coriander – 1 tbsp, chopped to garnish

 Mix the rice, curds, milk, salt and sugar in a serving bowl and keep it aside.
In a kadai, heat oil, add mustard seeds. Wait till splutter. Add urad dal and fry till golden color. Add red dry chilly and curry leaves. Fry for another minute. Add this to the rice. Mix well. Garnish with fresh coriander. Keep in the refrigerator before you serve.

I am not a chutney person. But my family loves chutney. My husband likes to have the coconut chutney even with Poha!
Coconut chutney is always there in my house. But as I do not like, I use it in many recipes. I use it to make masala for the gravy. I use it to make masala majjige. 
But my favorite is rice. This coconut rice tastes very good. Try it and you will agree with me.

Leftover cooked rice - 1 cup
Oil - 1 tsp
Ready coconut chutney(you can say ' leftover chutney') - 3 to 4 tbsp
For my normal chutney recipe, click this.
Salt to taste(less, as there is salt in the chutney already)
Now, other ingredients will depend on what is there in your chutney. 
As my chutney has all the ingredients, I do not put anything.

Heat oil in kadai. Add the chutney. Fry for few minutes, till it changes its color. Add the rice. Mix well and saute for few minutes or till you get coconut aroma. Its aroma will remind you of the rice which is served in Brahmin or  Udupi marriages or temples.

These three rice plates(bowls!!) are going to 
PJ's ongoing event,

Keep Smiling,

Monday, July 26, 2010

The boy who never listened!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
Past one month, my younger daughter never sleeps without this story then followed by another story"Cap seller and the Monkeys". Some times I have to repeat it twice. Every time she enjoys the story as if she is listening it for the first time. I wanted to post the story before only, but some other works did not allow me to. 
Now I am here with the story which is my creation according to my need to keep my daughter away from few dangerous things. And just to make her eat food I add about the diet also in the story.
Please give your time and read the full story to encourage me to write in the future(If you really feel I can write!)

Once we get into the bed, she says "shock story mamma".  Are you wondering what is this shock story. You will come to know once you go through the story. Actually I started a very short story and it pulled on. Read it. Its universal and you can change the situations as per your need.
My story starts here, and I am writing the same words I tell her.

There was a boy (no name for the boy, my daughter does not want a name!) who never listened to his mamma, pappa, didi and naani. One day he got up from the bed and wanted to watch TV in the morning. 
He went to the kitchen and asked 'Mamma, can I watch TV?(Very good boy!) 
Mamma told 'No, you should not watch TV in the morning. You should (my daughter is perfect to say these now) brush your teeth, take bath, do puja, have breakfast, get ready and go to school'
The boy did not listened to her. He went to the hall, and touched the switch to on the TV. He got shock and started crying. (My daughter will tell same like Housefull story no ma?)Mamma took him to the doctor. Doctor asked what happened. Mamma told about the shock. Doctor gave him two injections (no logic, just to scare my daughter to be away from the switches)
Doctor asked the boy whether he eats all the vegetables and fruits and does he drinks milk or not. The boy answered yes I do, I eat everything mom gives. I like Sai bhaji(Green leafy veg curry) and Veg. Juice Pulao in which all the green leaves and most of the vegetables are added.And I love the Tomato and carrot soup mom makes. I always take the rice items she packs for me. He added that his favorite desert is Fruit and cream which mom gives him once a week.
Doctor was happy and gave him a toy car to play and sent him home.
(This was the story I told her the first day, so she has kept the name as 'shock story') Then I went on adding the stories).
Next day  mamma had kept the incense sticks in the puja room after her puja. This boy wanted to do also. He asked the mother. When mom told no, he did not listen. He took the sticks and started playing, and got his fingers burnt. Mamma took him to the doctor again., Doctor applied some cream and gave him a bitter medicine to take and sent him. (My daughter loves this bitter medicine story as she loves to take the medicine).
Next day his didi was doing some art work using scissors. The Boy went and asked her to give him also the scissors. Didi told him "its not for small kids. When you grow big like me, you can also use it." But the boy did not listen, he snatched the scissors and started cutting a piece of paper. His finger got cut and it started bleeding. Seeing the blood, boy was scared and started screaming and crying loudly.Mamma and Pappa took him to the doctor. Doctor put the bandage and gave him one injection.  

After few days, mother was doing some work in the computer. This boy also wanted to play in the computer. Against mother's No also, he did not listen and sat with her to play. After some time his eyes started burning and water coming from his eyes. He pressed the wrong key and spoiled the computer. Mamma was very upset. She called him and told him to be a good boy and listen to the elders. He was quite. 

Next day didi was playing her cycle. The boy too wanted to play her cycle. It was big for him, but he tried to climb and tried to ride the cycle. He fell down and broke his head. Mamma and Pappa rushed to the hospital. Doctor put him the stitches and gave injections. He told him not to goto the school for a week and have only bland food. And doctor was very upset for this naughty boy who never listened to any one. He told him not to be so naughty and listen to the elders at home.
The boy came home and started thinking 'why everyone calls me naughty? Am I really naughty?  From now, I will listen to the elders and try to be a good boy.  And he changed him self.
Mamma prepared nice Kichadi for him as per doctor's advice.

Rice - 1/2 cup
Mixed dal - 1/2 cup
(Toor dal, Yellow moong dal and broken green moong)
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Pepper - 6
Salt to taste.
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Warm water to cook the rice.
Wash the rice and dal. Drain and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Heat ghee in a cooker. Add cumin seeds. Fry for few seconds. Add pepper and ginger paste. Fry it for half a minute. Add the rice and dal. Mix and fry for some time, till the rice changes its color. Now add the salt and warm water double the rice level. Close and give two whistle. You can make it outside also. Let it cool and serve with paapad, pickle or curds.

After two months,  the boy was celebrating his birthday. The doctor also came for the party. He was happy to see the boy and told him "Arre, you did not come to my clinic for two months. You have become a very good boy". Doctor gave him toys, chocolates and many gifts. Everyone clapped for the boy. 
You should see the twinkle in my daughter's eyes! for this last sentence. And she too claps with smile.
You can change the situations and make your own story. This story has worked for me. She listens to me for few things at least. 

Sending this to a very unique event where your writing skills are polished : 

Please leave the comments about this story.

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