Saturday, May 25, 2013

SEASONED RICE: GUEST POST BY ASHA SATISH PHILAR

SEASONED RICE: GUEST POST BY ASHA SATISH PHILAR

I am delighted that today's guest post is from a friend who is a well-known cookery expert: Asha Satish Philar. For lovers of food made by Konkani people, her book, "The Konkani Saraswat Cookbook" is a welcome addition to their collection of books on cookery.

For today's dish, which is "Seasoned Rice" ( "Surayyi Sheeth Phann" in Konkani) and one of her favourite recipes, Asha gives credit to her mother-in-law, Sumathi S. Philar. You will find more information about Asha's book in its Facebook Page.

The recipe and pictures are courtesy of the author, Asha Satish Philar. I am sure you will love the recipe and the accompanying pictures as much as I did. Asha is deeply passionate about cookery and is a gracious and affable person. I am proud to have her as one of my friends and thank her for this contribution to my blog.


 

Ingredients:
  •  Rice, Sona Mussoori, 2 cups. Wash and drain water
For the Paste:

In very little oil, fry the following ingredients in the following order...
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek,
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal, 
  • 1 tsp Chana dal,
  • 1/2 tsp jeera,
  • 2 tsps Coriander seeds,
  • 4 red chillies.
Add a sprig of curry leaves and 2 tblsps grated Coconut.
Grind to a smooth paste with Tamarind/amchur and salt and gud to taste.

For the seasoning:

In a pressure cooker, heat 2 tsps oil, add peanuts 1/2 cup and chopped onion and fry a little.
Add in the rice and stir well. Add the ground paste and combine well.
Add 4 cups of water and check the taste...add salt or gud if needed.
Cover and cook.
At the second whistle, lower the flame and cook for two more minutes, and put off flame.
Serve hot