Monday, January 30, 2012

Vaangi Baath/Brinjal and tamarind flavored Rice

My friend usually makes this dish and i tried it under compulsion on the day before i left for our christmas break.Yes I had my stock of brinjals to finish off and turn off the refrigerator.So i took down the recipe from her and it was a hit as my hubby is a huge fan of flavored rice :)

I would like to say its a variation of the puliyodharai rice(tamarind flavored rice).Need I say this is really quick to whip up in the mornings for lunch box.Just a simple raita or fried potatoes go well with.And the praises follow :)

yummy lunch box!

This is how i make it...

You need
Cooked rice 1 and half cups

For the flavouring:
You need

Oil or ghee 2 tablespoons (i use one of each)
Cumin seeds 1tsp
Peanuts 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds 1tsp
Urad dal 1tsp
Channa dal/kadala paruppu 1 tsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Green chilli 1
Baby onions 10nos sliced finely
Brinjals small 3 nos sliced thinly
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Tomatoes 1 medium diced
Tamarind lime sized ball soaked in a cup of water
Sambar powder 1tsp
Chilli powder 1tsp
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the oil and let it heat, add the ingredients under the flavouring one after the other in that allowing each to fry well for about a minute.
  • Let the brinjals fry well until tender.
  • Then add the ginger garlic paste and let it fry well.
  • Next add the tomatoes and allow them to mash well in the heat and let the oil start leaving the sides.
  • Next add the tamarind juice and salt to taste.
    this paste should be nice and thick so the rice remains dry once mixed in

  • Allow the tamarind juice to simmer well and become a nice thick paste so the rice will remain dry once its added and also the tamarind's raw taste/smell goes away.
  •  Add the masala powders to this and simmer well so the masalas cook well.

  • Once the right consistency of the flavoured mix is attained let this cool before you add cooked and cooled rice.

  • Mix well so the rice is coated well with the flavours.

  • Serve hot or pack in the lunch box with fried potatoes and boiled eggs or raitha :)

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