This coconut rice dish comes from Dakshin, a favoured cookbook featuring traditional South Indian creations. I've written about and cooked from this indispensable book on more than one occasion in this space, and it most certainly won't be the last time. I served this with spicy Toor Dal and Green Bean Poriyal and the dish tempered the heat perfectly.
This is my contribution to Meeta's Monthly Mingle hosted this time by the Edible Garden. The theme is Ravishing Rice.
Coconut RiceOther Indian rice dishes from Lisa's Kitchen:
1 cup of basmati rice
2 tablespoons of ghee or sesame oil
3 tablespoons of cashews, halved
3/4 cup of dried coconut
2 - 3 green chilies, finely chopped or cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon of sea salt
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of urad dal, rinsed
1 teaspoon of chana dal, rinsed
1 dried red chili, broken in half
1/2 teaspoon of asafoetida powder
a small handful of dried curry leaves
Rinse the rice well in a fine strainer. Transfer to bowl, cover with water, swish it around a few times, drain and repeat until the water is relatively clear and no longer cloudy. Drain, cover with water and soak the rice for about 20 minutes or longer. Drain and set aside to air dry for 15 minutes or so. Transfer to a small pot along with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed - roughly 15 minutes. Let sit for five minutes and then fluff with a fork. Set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee or sesame oil in a large wok over medium heat. When hot, saute the cashew pieces until they are golden brown. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
In the same pan, saute the coconut until it turns a reddish brown colour. Remove from the wok and set aside.
For the tempering, again in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad and chana dal, red chili, asafoetida and curry leaves. Stir and fry until the mustard seeds begin to pop and then add the green chilies, cooked rice, salt and coconut. Stir until well combined and then serve with the fried cashews as a garnish.
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