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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.

Chicken Dum Briyani / How to make Chicken Dum Briyani / Easy Chicken Dum Briyani

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Biryani is my family’s all-time favorite, particularly when it comes to my hubby and son – it’s their all-time favorite. So, biryani is a must in our lunch menu at least once in a week. After my you tube channel, there was request for Chicken Dum Biryani in simple and easy method.

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Chicken Dum Biryani has the same ingredients as chicken biryani but a complete change in the preparation method. Both rice and chicken gravy is prepared separately and finally they are combined together and cooked. Also here the food color is used to give color for few stalks of rice and let me share the recipe…

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Chicken Dum Biryani

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Long grain / Basmathi Rice – 3 cups (1 cup = 160 ml)
  • Mint leaves + Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Onions – 2 ½ no’s (medium size)
  • Tomato – 1 no (medium size)
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 3 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cinnamon – 2 no’s (1 “inch stick)
  • Star Snise – 3 no’s
  • Bay leaf – 3 no’s
  • Cloves – 6 nos
  • Oil – 2 ½ tbsp
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 2 ½ tbsp

Making of Chicken Dum Biryani –

Preparation:

  • Clean and roughly chop the chicken into medium pieces.
  • Clean and finely chop the coriander + mint leaves.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and tomatoes, slit green chilli to equal halves and keep it aside.
  • Wash the rice in water and drain the water, keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat 6 cups of water in a heavy bottom vessel, add cinnamon, cloves, star anise, bay leaf (each one) to the water.
  • Cover with the lid and let it to boil.
  • Add the cleaned rice to the water, once it starts boiling followed by salt for rice.
  • Cook in medium flame, until the rice is 90% cooked.
  • Once cooked, drain the water and spread the rice in plate and keep it aside.
  • Heat another heavy bottom vessel, pour oil + ghee/clarified butter, add the leftover cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and star anise.
  • Add the slit green chilli followed by half the quantity of mint + coriander leaves, cook until the leaves turn dark green in color.
  • Add the onions and cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Add the spice powder (turmeric, chilli and coriander powder), cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the chicken followed by salt and cook for 3 mins.
  • Pour water, cover and let the chicken.
  • Remove the lid when the chicken is cooked.
  • Turn the flame to low, add the cooked rice to the gravy, spread it over the gravy, sprinkle finely chopped mint + coriander leaves, over the rice.
  • Mix the red food color with few drops of water, sprinkle it all over the rice.
  • Cover the vessel with a lid, place a weight over the lid, so that the vapour does not escapes out.
  • Cook in medium flame for 10 mins.
  • Remove the weight and lid, gently fluff the rice with a spoon and transfer it to a vessel.

Serve hot with any raita. I have accompanied it with onion-tomato raita and chicken 65.