PULAGAM (ATTESARU)

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Rice – 1/2 cup

Moong dal – 1/4 cup

Water – 2 1/2 cups

Turmeric powder – generous pinch

Salt to taste

Small jaggery pieces – 2

Cow ghee -1 tsp

Pulagam is an Indian traditional dish made with rice and dal. It is also prepared as naivedyam during every festival.

METHOD

  • Wash rice and moong dal together. Put rice and moong dal together in a small pan with 2 1/2 cups of water.
  • Bring it to boil, add salt and turmeric powder. Cook on low flame till the water is completely absorbed and rice is cooked.
  • Switch off the flame and add 1 tsp of ghee. Put jaggery pieces on top of the rice.
  • Serve as naivedyam to god.

 

METHI RICE

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Basmathi rice  – 1 cup

Cloves – 3

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1

Garlic cloves – 8

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Finely chopped methi leaves – 1/2 cup

Finely chopped mint leaves – 1/4 cup

Finely chopped coriander leaves  – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 1 1/2 tbsp

Water – 2  1/2 cups

METHOD

  • Wash basmati rice and soak in water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.
  • Wash all the finely chopped leafy vegetables and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil and 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan. Add garlic cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and star anise.
  • Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, add ginger garlic paste. Fry till the raw smell fades away.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of water and salt. Let it boil. Add finely chopped methi leaves, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Mix well and let it boil again.
  • Add drained basmati rice. Mix well. Cook on medium flame. Make sure the rice is fully cooked.  Once cooked, keep it covered for 5-6 minutes.
  • Lastly, add the remaining ghee. Mix throughly and serve hot with any type of gravy curries.

SUGGESTIONS

Adjust the water quantity according to your wish.

 

PULIHORA

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Rice – 1cup

Water – 3 cups

Chana dal – 1 tbsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/3 tsp

Broken red chillies – 1/4 cup

Green chillies – 5 slited

Peanuts – 2 tbsp

Hand full of tamarind makes 1/4 cup juice

or tamarind paste – 2 tbsp (adjust to suit your taste)

Oil – 3 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/3 tsp

Crushed ginger – 1 inch pieces

Salt to taste

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp ( for powder )

METHOD

  • Wash and soak tamarind in hot water for some time. Squeeze and pass it through a filter, discard stones and pulp. Keep it aside .
  • Wash and cook rice with 3 cups of water. Do not make the rice mushy.
  • Cool the rice in a wide plate. In a motar pestle, crush mustard seeds into a powder.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add peanuts and fry for a minute. Add chana dal and urad dal. Fry till light golden colour.
  • Then add mustard seeds, broken red chillies, green chillies, crushed ginger and curry leaves.
  • Fry till the red chillies turn crisp. Add salt and tamarind juice or paste. If you are using tamarind paste add 2 to 3 tbsp of water and cook.
  • Cook till the mixture thickens other wise pulihora will be very moist. It will be a thick but flowing paste.
  • Remove from heat. Add the cooked tamarind mix and combine well such that its spread all over the rice.
  • Finally sprinkle mustard seeds powder. Mix well. Adjust salt.  Do not mix while the rice is hot.

SUGGESTIONS

  • Another version is to replace mustard powder with a 1 tsp of roasted sesame seeds powder.

DADDOJANAM

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Rice – 1/2 cup

Water – 2 1/2 cups

Curd – 2 cups

Green chillies – 3 cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp crushed

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 1/2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Broken red chillies – 6 pieces

Curry leaves few

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1tbsp

METHOD

  • Wash rice and cook with 2 1/2 cups of water . Lightly mash it with a potato masher. Bring rice to room temperature.
  • Mix cooked rice with curd and salt. Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix throughly and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Let them crackle for a few seconds and then add cumin seeds. Let it fry for 5 seconds.
  • Add crushed ginger and green chillies. Fry for 10 seconds. Add turmeric powder, broken red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Fry till curry leaves turns crisp. Turn off the flame. Add the talimpu ingredients to the prepared curd rice mixture and mix well.

CURD RICE

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Cooked rice – 1cup

Curd – 1 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

TALIMPU

Oil – 1tsp

Chana dal – 1 tsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1tsp

Dried red chilli – 8

Curry leaves – few

Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp

Finely  chopped green chillies – 1/2 tsp

Black pepper corn – 6

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Pomegranate arils – 1 to 2 tbsp optional

METHOD

  • With a masher, mash the cooked rice and keep it aside. Add curd and milk to the rice. Mix well and break lumps if any.
  • You can either use a spoon or your hands while breaking the lumps.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add chana dal and urad dal, fry for few seconds.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and black pepper corns. Once the mustard seeds start to crackle, add finely chopped ginger and green chillies .
  • Fry for a few seconds and add broken red chillies and curry leaves. When the curry leaves turn crisp, add asafoetida and turn off the stove.
  • Pour the talimpu over the curd rice and mix well. Add coriander leaves and salt to the curd rice, mix well. Serve cold.

SUGGESTIONS

The rice has to be more soft than what we cook on a daily basis.

Serve curd rice topped with few coriander leaves and pomogranate arils.

You can skip the fruit.

GHEE RICE

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Basmathi rice – 1 cup

Water – 2cups

Cloves – 10

Cardamom – 6

Cinnamon – 2 inch piece

Bay leaves – 4

Thinly sliced onions – 1 medium size

Green chillies – 5 (slit)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Oil – 1 tsp

METHOD

  • Wash basmathi rice 2 to 3 times in water to remove excess starch. Soak them for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, drain all the water. Heat ghee and oil in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves and saute for few seconds.
  • Add sliced onions and green chillies and saute till they become transparent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute on medium flame till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add salt and 2 cups of water. Stir well. When the water starts boiling, add drained rice and mix well. Taste the water. It must be slightly salty.
  • Cook on low flame until the water is absorbed. Switch off the flame.
  • After 5 to 6 minutes, open the lid and mix it slowly. Serve hot.

SUGGESTIONS

Ghee rice can be served along with gravy type curries.

PAV BHAJI RICE

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Basmathi rice – 1 1/2 cup

Water – 3 cups

Oil – 2 to 3 drops

Salt as required for cooking rice

FOR PREPARING RICE

Oil – 1 1/2  tbsp

Ghee – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 1/2 tsp

Tomato puree – 1/2 cup

Finely chopped tomato – 1 large size

Frozen peas 1/4 cup boiled for 3 minutes

Finely chopped capsicum – 1/4 cup

Red chilli paste – 2 1/2 tsp

Pav baji masala – 2 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Finely chopped coriander – 2 to 3 tbsp

Salt to taste

METHOD

  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes. Cook with 3 cups of water, oil and salt.
  • Dont cook the rice too much. It will spoil the texture of the pulao. Transfer the rice to a wide plate, cool it completely.
  • Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and saute till they begin to crackle. Add onions, fry them until they turn translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt, fry till a nice aroma emanates your kitchen.
  • Next, add tomato puree. Mix and cook on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or till the mixture thickens.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, mix and cook for 2 minutes. Add capsicum and green peas, mix and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add red chilli paste and pav baji masala, stir and cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add rice and mix gently. Add lemon juice and finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • Serve hot with yogurt. Adjust seasonings according to your taste.

JEERA RICE

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Basmathi rice – 1 cup

Cumin seeds (jeera) – 1/4 tsp

Shajeera – 1/2 tsp

Cloves – 6

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cardamom – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Oil – 1tbsp

Ghee – 1tbsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 1/2 tsp

Water 2 cups

Salt to taste 

METHOD

  • Rinse rice with water. Add water and soak for 15 minutes. Drain it compleately in a colander.
  • Heat ghee and oil in a pot. Saute bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom until they begin to sizzle.
  • Add cumin seeds and shajeera on a low flame until they get roasted well. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until raw smell goes away.
  • Transfer drained rice to the pot and roast for 1 to 2 minutes. This helps to bring out the aroma.
  • Pour 2 cups of water and add salt. Stir well and taste the water. It must be slightly salty.
  • Bring water to a boil and cook on medium heat until the water is absorbed. Switch off the flame.
  • After 5 to 6 minutes, open the lid and mix it slowly. Serve with any curry.

SUGGESTIONS

  • Do not over mix the rice.

PLAIN PULAV RICE

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Basmathi rice – 1 cup

Ghee – 1 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1/2 tsp

Cloves – 10

Cardamom- 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaves -2

Star anise (  anasa puvvu) -1

Mace ( Javithri) – 1 blade

Green chilles – 4 cut into two pieces

Ginger garlic paste – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Water – 1 1/2 cups

METHOD 

  1. Wash basmathi rice 3 to 4 times and then soak with enough water for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes, drain off all the excess water.
  3. Heat ghee and oil in a pan .Add all the spices one by one except green chilles and ginger garlic paste.
  4. Fry for a minute , reduce the flame and add  the green chilles and ginger garlic paste.
  5. Stir fry for two minutes till the raw smell goes away .
  6. Add water and salt  mix well. Put the drained rice to the boiling water.
  7. Cook on a slow flame till the rice is done.

SUGGESTIONS

This rice goes very well with any veg or non-veg gravies.