Thursday, 3 December 2009

Daily Eats: Yogurt Rice

Do you know that I *love* dahi (yogurt)?? There were days when I could eat fresh homemade dahi by the bowlfuls....with a little roasted jeera on top. All that changed when I found out that according to Ayurvedic principles, Cold,refrigerated yogurt is not advised for females. "Chaas", "Lassi", or diluted yogurt with water is however, acceptable.

So now, instead of having a cold yogurt bowl,  I try and have fresh "chaas" with my meals, I add grated ginger and roasted jeera powder or sometimes, just plain chaat masala to it to make the meal more digestible. Try it and feel the difference yourself sometime.
This recipe is made with yogurt and rice,and is totally delicious. You can have this either cold or lukewarm, I had it warm. I also served it with some sweet grapes on the side, it was absolute heaven!

This is what you will need:
1 cup rice - soaked in water for at least 30 mins
2 cups- water
1 tbsp- ghee or oil
1 tsp- mustard seeds
1 tbsp- urad daal
1 large red onion-chopped
curry leaves, green chilies - to taste
1 cup yogurt, mixed with a little bit of water- to your desired consistency
Salt, Sugar-to taste
 Cilantro leaves- chopped., for garnish
Cut Grapes, or pomegranate arils - if desired

Wash and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes or more. In a pan, cook the rice until really soft. You don't want fluffy rice here, it has to be soft. Add more water if required to get the soft consistency.

When the rice is cooked, let it cool for a bit. Then, in a separate pan, add the ghee/oil and let it get hot. Add the mustard seeds and the urad daal along with the curry leaves and green chilies. Stir until it crackles. Add the onions and let them turn pink. Add the cooked rice and stir well. Now add the yogurt.water mixture and mix really well. Season the rice with salt, and some sugar. Garnish with chopped cilantro,grapes or pomegranate. Serve lukewarm or cold with some pickles on the side for a light meal any time.

JFI-Paneer roundup coming up in the next post!

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