Exotic Wednesday with Madraasi

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As I have discussed in my earlier post about EXOTIC wednesday’s, followed by last week’s Smoked Green Tea Duck now it’s Tirunelveli Halwa / Tirunelveli Wheat Halwa / Irrukadai Halwa in our You Tube channel. Do like, comment, subscribe and share our video with your friends.

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Fish Rice /Meen Sadham

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I just loved to try different food, so when it comes to lunch, I got to see few pieces of fish lying in my refrigerator and I am sure that it would not be enough for my family to prepare a curry or fry. Next to that found some dill leaves lying in the refrigerator, recently I have joined to master class with Chef Gordon Ramsay and I got remember that he told – Dill leaves goes out well with Fish. As a resulted thought of combining both fish and dill leaves together as a recipe, which resulted in my fish rice.

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Fish rice was delicious, aromatic with the strongly flavored dill leaves. Fish with little bones are highly recommended for this recipe, whereas it consumes time when there more bones. A perfect rice for kids, where fish comes without bones. Give a try, let me share the recipe…

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Fish Rice / Meen Sadham

Ingredients:

  • Fish pieces – 6 nos (250 gm)
  • Dill leaves – 5 stalks
  • Steamed Rice – 2 ½ cups
  • Fennel seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Garlic – 6 to 8 cloves
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp

Preparation:

  • Clean the fish and keep it aside.
  • Heat 2 cups of water in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the fish pieces once the water starts boiling.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic into pieces, keep it aside.
  • Once the fish is boiled, drain the water and wait until the fish comes to room temperature.
  • Take of the skin, carefully remove the bones and crumble the fish, keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add the fennel seeds followed by onion and garlic, cook until they turn golden brown color in color.
  • Add the crumbled fish, followed by pepper powder, cumin powder and salt, cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pluck the dill leaves from the stalk, finely chop them and sprinkle half the quantity of it to the fish.
  • Add the rice, salt if required for rice and stir it well.
  • Make sure that the rice becomes dry and blends well with fish.
  • Sprinkle the leftover dill leaves, give a stir and remove it from fire.

Serve hot with any gravy. You can pair this fish rice with coconut prawn curry.

Zarda Pulao / How to Make Zarda Pulao at home

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Zarda Pulav or Sweet Rice is prepared as a dessert most commonly during Ramzan and at times of Holi. This is most commonly prepared as a dessert in north Muslim weddings, also called as a Meeti Chawal, as it is sweet.

Zarda Pulao is very simple and easy to prepare, and a richest dessert whereas is flavored with cardamom, saffron, flavored spices and consists of dry fruits like cashew nuts, kalonji, badam/almonds and raisins.

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Zarda Pulao / Zarda Rice / How to make Zarda Rice

Due to the beautiful color and wonderful aroma thought of preparing it for Holi. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Basmathi rice – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Saffron strands – 10 to 15 strands
  • Desiccated coconut or slices of dry coconut – ½ cup
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Cinnamon (1”inch stick) – 1 pieces
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Cashew nuts – 20 nos
  • Raisins – 15 nos
  • Chironji – 1 tbsp

Making of Zarda Pulao / Zarda rice –

Preparation:

  • Soak saffron strands in ¼ cup of warm water and keep it aside.
  • Blanch the almonds/badam and slice them to pieces.
  • Heat 3 cups of water in a heavy bottomed vessel, add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom to it, wait until it boils.
  • Add the rice to the boiling water and cook for almost 90%.
  • Drain the water from the rice and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add the cashew nuts, chironji, almonds and cook until they start turning golden brown in color.
  • Add the raisins, desiccated coconut and cook until they double in size, make sure they don’t get burnt.
  • Add the sugar and cook until the sugar melts.
  • Pour in the saffron water and mix it well (make sure no lumps are formed).
  • Add the rice once the sugar gets melted, stir it well so that the sugar syrup will coat the rice.
  • Cover the vessel with a lid, keep in low flame and cook for 10 to 15 mins.
  • After 15 mins, remove the lid from the vessel, stir it gently with a ladle.

Serve hot. Garnish with roasted nuts.