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Paruppu Keerai Sadham / Lentil Spinach Rice

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Paruppu Keerai Sadham is one such perfect food for lunch box, usually when it’s spinach most of the kids you bring back the box home, happens in my home too. So, thought of preparing something which would be liked and most important not easier to separate the spinach from rice for my kid’s lunch box and this resulted in Paruppu kerria sadham / lentil spinach rice.

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Paruppu Keerai Sadham / Lentil Spinach Rice

Paruppu keerai sadham was delicious with mild spiciness, mashing consistency and easy to consume in school. Most important with the wonderful health benefits of paruppu and keerai / Lentil and Spinach. Give a try…

Ingredients:

  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Split pigeon peas / Tuvaram paruppu / Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Spinach (Amaranth / Arakeerai) – 2 handsful
  • Mustard seeds / Kadugu – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves / Karuvepillai –  a sprig
  • Onion / Vengayam – 1 no
  • Tomato / Thakkali – ½ no
  • Turmeric powder / Manjal podi – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder / Jeeraga podi – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder / Vathal podi – ½ tsp or green chilli / Pachamillagai – 1 no (optional)
  • Oil / Yennai – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Salt / Uppu to taste

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions to small pieces.
  • Roughly chop the tomatoes.
  • Wash the lentils and rice together, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Wash the spinach leaves and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the mustard, cumin seeds, curry leaves and wait until it crackle.
  • Add the onions and cook until the turn golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Add the rice lentil followed by spinach leaves, cook for a min.
  • Add the turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilli powder (optional) followed by salt and cook for a min.
  • Pour water (1 cup +1/2 cup of lentils pour 3 cups of water), bring it to boil and pressure cook for 4 whistles or until they come to mashing consistency.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, drizzle a tbsp of ghee, stir it well.

Serve hot with appalam / pappad or vadagam / crackers.

Kuska / Plain Briyani – How to make Kuska in pressure cooker

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Kuska or Plain Briyani is prepared by cooking long grain/basmathi or jeera rice with all the flavored spices and ingredients used for briyani. This briyani is very special and commonly known as poor man’s Briyani, since it costs very less because no vegetables and no meats are used in the making. Kuska / Plain Briyani is popular in and around Madurai and Virudhunagar. My hubby used say, that he used to have it in all this college functions, but this is the first time I am gave a try at home. I have followed a slight variation in the making, so do check out for perfect color in kuska – CLICK HERE.

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Kuska / Plain Briyani / How to make kuska at home

Kuska / Plain Briyani is mildly spiced, mildly flavored then Briyani, so kids like this a lot. This goes out well with any raita but I prefer onion raita, any curries may be veg or non-veg and a deep fry. I have accompanied it with chicken curry, onion-tomato raita and chicken 65.  Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #176 hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener.

Ingredients:

  • Basmathi / Long-grain / Jeeraga Samba / Jeera rice – 2 ½ cup (1 cup = 160ml)
  • Onions – 2 no’s (medium size)
  • Tomato – 1 no (medium size)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 ½ tbsp or Ginger (1”inch stick) – 1 no and Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Cinnamon (1 “inch stick) – 1 no
  • Cloves – 4 no’s
  • Star Anise – 2 no’s
  • Stone flower / Kalpasi – 3 no’s
  • Cardamom – 2 no’s
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Fennel seeds / Sombu – 2 tsp
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Mint + Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp

Making of Kuska rice / Kuska Briyani / Plain Briyani –

Preparation:

  • Peel and thinly slice the onions and keep it aside.
  • Finely chop the tomatoes and keep it aside. Slit the green chillies and keep it aside.
  • Rinse and finely chop the mint + coriander leaves and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee/clarified butter and oil in a pressure cooker, add the bay leaf, followed by flavored spices and wait until they crackle.
  • Add onions, green chillies and ginger-garlic paste, cook until the onions turn transparent.
  • Add the mint and coriander leaves, cook until they turn dark green in color.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn soft.
  • Pour the curd/yogurt, cook until the oil starts floating on the top.
  • Pour the coconut milk and bring it to boil.
  • Meanwhile clean the rice and add the rice followed by water to the pressure-cooker, add required amount of salt.
  • Pressure-cook for 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure releases.

Gently give a stir and serve hot.

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.