Friday, August 3, 2007

JFI--Phodnicha Bhaat

Rice -- the mere mention of it comforts me. When I was in India, I used to have rice twice a day and would not mind if there were no chapatis. But after coming here, I realized that eating so much rice did not quite agree with my body (read figure :)), and so with a lot of efforts, I reduced my intake of rice, especially White Rice. And yet, I still feel that hot rice with a dollop of homemade Tup (ghee) and salt is the ultimate comfort food! Try it if you have never tried it before, you will not regret it even one bit :). Luckily, these days, we are getting Ambemohar rice in our grocery store, which is a very aromatic and flavorful rice. Generally, this variety is also best suited for Varan- Bhaat (Plain dal with rice) and the combination is simply out of this world!!!
Having said that, sometimes I end up with leftover rice and am at a loss of ideas to finish it and not let it go waste. I also don't want to go with the usual options of curd-rice, fried rice, pulav, dal-rice (I know I am picky ;))...so what do I do? Well, I turn to this simple and quick Maharashtrian recipe of jazzing up the rice which can be served as breakfast/brunch, lunch or dinner. With some yogurt and pickle on the side, you have a delicious lip-smacking one dish meal within minutes.
This is my entry for JFI - Rice which is hosted by Sharmi of 'Neivedyam'.

Ingredients:(serves 2)
1 cup cooked rice (I have used Basmati, but you can use any variety)
1/2 an onion chopped lengthwise
2-3 Dried red Chillies
2 tsp Roasted peanuts (optional)
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Mohri (Mustard seeds)
1/2 tsp Jeere (Cumin seeds)
1/4 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
1/2 tsp Halad (Turmeric)
1 tbsp Oil
Chopped Cilantro to garnish

Method:
In a kadhai, heat the oil. Add the mohri and once it begins to pop, add the jeere. Once the jeera starts sizzling, add hing and halad. Next add the onions and fry till they turn translucent. Then add the dried red chillies and fry for a minute. At this point, throw in the peanuts if using. Finally add the rice, cayenne pepper and salt and mix well. Cover and let cook for a minute or so. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.
Here is a closer look,

27 comments:

Suma Gandlur said...

Nice, simple one. I would add some lemon juice to it as well. I know it becomes lemon rice.:)

Sharmi said...

that is a very simple and nice one. pics look very nice. thanks for the entry.

Asha said...

This is waht we call Chitranna,add a little lemon juice or 1-2 tomatoes,will be perfect!:)
Looks yum!Great Entry.

Tee said...

Thanks Suma! Adding lemon is a good idea, but then it will no longer be 'Phodnicha Bhaat' :)

Thanks Sharmi!

Thanks Asha!The major difference between Chitranna and Phodnicha Bhaat is the lemon...try this without the lemon , I am sure you will not miss it. :)

Richa said...

simple comfort food and quick to make as well :)
tuzhi kadai pan chan distay!

Neelam said...

This is also my favourite of using leftover rice. We love it. Never tried rice with ghee, but will try it soon.

indosungod said...

Tee, uppu ney saatham literally salt ghee rice is a favorite of my kids, yes me too and they beg to eat it whenever they get a chance.

Phodincha Bhaat I like the name is similar to what i do with leftover rice I also add a tsp of Sambhar powder too.

Laavanya said...

What a simple, fast, yet flavorful rice. Thank you Tee.

archana said...

Phodnicha bhat mast distoy. He entry JFI sathi chaan ahey :)

Saju said...

Wow I have never had rice cooked like this, we usually just cook leftover rice like this:
http://chachiskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/05/vagarela-tomato-leftover-rice.html
Phodnicha bhaat sounds delicious, I will certainly try it.

Vcuisine said...

Lovely entry Tee. Very simple. Viji

Cinnamon said...

Looks, simple, nice and delicious!!!

Jyothi said...

Great comfortable rice dish. Looks delicious. I am going to try this very soon. Great entry dear. Thanks for sharing.

Priyanka said...

Phodnicha bhaat ani kuskara he donhi kaay soppe ani saral recipes ahet. Ani khayla ekdum mast...Pan mi kandya shivay karte. Mazya kakunchya ghari shengdane, mirchya ani kanda takun kartat:)

Priyanka said...

Hey Tee, you can also send in this entry over to Shaheen's for the Express cooking event.... just a suggestion:)

SeeC said...

Great entry Tee. New version .Similar to lemon rice isnt' it.

Roopa said...

the pic is very tempting! nice entry Tee!

Hima said...

That is looking yummy, great entry.

Tee said...

Thanks all of you! :)

Tee said...

Priyanka, sending this for express cooking event sounds like a good idea but this does not have any veggies or other food groups. Let me check...thanks for the idea.

Padma said...

this is the most comforting food for lunch box, I used to have in Mumbai, thanks for refreshing the memories attached to it

Poonam said...

Pics look very nice! Good recipe..

Prajusha said...

this looks simple and delicious.Nice photos.

Sicilian said...

Thanks, looks simple to make.

The Garlic Press said...

I also grew up playing Bhaatukli! Thank you for posting some traditional Maharashtrian recipes. This one is making me hungry!

charan said...

will try this dish.. looks yummy...

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