Saturday, May 1, 2010

Brown Rice puli pongal



After reading various blogs our family decided we will try a week with various grains. So the rule is we will eat a different grain for all the day of the week. I am starting the week with a big bang. My all time favorite puliyodarai. I have good memories of my family going on road trips stopping near a field and eating puliyodari and curd rice. I think my liking for the dish is partly these memories. I did not have pulicachal so it was kind of my make up puliyodari with brown rice.

Ingredients:
- 1 cup of brown rice
- small lemon size tamarind - extract 2 cups of water
- 4-5 dried red chilies
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp urad dhal
- 1 tsp channa dhal
- 3 tbsp peanuts
- 1/4 tsp hing powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp oil - You can add more oil if you want.
- salt to taste.

Method:
1. Soak brown rice for 1/2 hour and cook it till it becomes tender. I pour close to 4 cups of water and microwave it for 30 minutes
2. In a pan add the mustard seeds and once it starts to splutter add urad dhal, channa dhal, peanuts, red chilies, curry leaves and fry till they turn color. Now add turmeric and hing powder.
3. After 30 seconds add the tamarind water, salt and let it boil. You need to give this at least 10 minutes otherwise your tamrind water will have a raw smell.
4. Now reduce the heat add the brown rice and mix it well. Cook it for another 3 minutes and take it off the heat.

Tastes well with any vegetable curry.

2 comments:

Srimathi

I am glad you guys are trying out brown rice. I love brown rice with curds. Most people think it have a different taste all together.

Kal30

Ha, Lucky you.. I have to say I need to hide the taste if I am going to eat it. I am hoping I slowly start enjoying it.

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