Ingredients: (serves 2)
Tandul (Uncooked Rice) 3/4 cup
Tondli (Tindora) 1/4 cup (fresh or frozen)
Kadhipatta (Curry leaves) about 3-4
Kaaju (Cashews) 2 tbsp
Hirvi mirchi (green chilli) paste 2 tbsp (adjust to your level of spiciness)
Kaala/Goda masala 2-3 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Oil 1 tbsp
Mohri (Mustard seeds) 1 tsp
Jeera (Cumin seeds) 1 tsp
Hing (Asafoetida) 1/2 tsp
Haldi (Turmeric powder) 1tsp
Naral (Grated coconut)
Kothimbir (Cilantro) chopped
Wash the rice and keep aside. In a pressure cooker pan or any regular pan heat the oil. Once the oil is ready, prepare fodni/tadka with mohri, jeera, hing and haldi. Then fry the kadhipatta leaves and the cashews for a minute. Next, fry the tondli/tindora in the fodni for a minute or so and then add the washed rice to it. Fry the rice a little and then add water. Mix in the chilli paste, kaala masala and salt. Check for taste. A useful tip in deciding whether the spices are right, is that, the color of the water should be dark brown, and when tasting the water it should be a little strong and salty than what you normally would have. Once the taste is right, close the lid of the cooker and cook for 2 whistles. If not using pressure cooker, just cover the pan with a lid and cook until rice is cooked. Garnish with grated coconut and cilantro and serve hot with a dollop of ghee.
- Use green capsicum instead of tondli.
- Small eggplants are also quartered and used sometimes.
- Even a mix of veggies can be used.
- To add more flavor, make paste of ginger, garlic, green chillies and cilantro and add to the rice.