Monday, December 23, 2013

Garlic Rice | South Indian Rice Varieties

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garlic rice
There are rare instances when I have left over rice at home and if I have it, I usually turn it into a variety rice or fried rice.While the most common rice variety with the left over rice is the Talimpu Annam (Seasoned Rice or Phodnicha Bhaat),I like to prepare this garlic rice as well.One can prepare it with fresh rice but make sure it is cooled nicely.In fact my mom always prepares this with fresh rice and she used to pack it for my lunch box.This recipe requires lot of garlic and if you are a garlic lover I am sure you will love this rice.
garlic rice
Typically for South Indian rice varieties, we use either Sona masuri rice or equivalent varieties like Ponni or Surti Kolam etc based on the availability in that area.However I do not suggest Basmati rice for few south Indian recipes as it does not bring out the exact taste of rice.For south Indian rice varieties the rice needs to be soft and fluffy and should not have any fragrance and hence Basmati rice is not ideal for a few Rice based preparations.
garlic rice

Garlic Rice Recipe:
Serves 2
Prep time:10 mins | Cooking time:20 mins | Total time:30 mins
Cuisine: South Indian | Category: Rice Varieties - Main Course

1 cup Raw Rice (Sona masuri or equivalent)
18-20 small Garlic pods
8-10 Cashew nuts,slit into halves
4-5 Red chillies,broken
8-10 Black Pepper corns,coarsely ground
juice of 1/2 Lemon(optional)
a sprig of Curry leaves
1 tbsp Chana dal
1 tsp Urad dal
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee
Salt to taste

  • Cook Rice and spread it in a plate to let it cool down and make sure that the rice grains stay separate.You can use 2 1/4 cups of water for 1 cup of sona masuri and cook it in pressure cooker or rice cooker.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a deep kadai/pan and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Add chana dal, urad dal and cashew nuts and fry until they turn slight golden in color.
  • Now add garlic pods and fry until they turn slightly brown.You do not need to fry until crisp,the garlic pods should be soft but cooked well.
  • Add red chillies,curry leaves and freshly ground pepper powder and fry again for a minute.
  • Switch off the flame and add the tempering to the spread cooled rice.Add salt and lemon juice(if adding) to it and mix it nicely.Now taste it and adjust the seasoning according to your wish.
Serve it with Chips/Fryums.

garlic rice

  1. I have mentioned standard Indian size garlic pods in the recipe.If you are using the big sized ones reduce the number to 6-8 pods and slice them into fat bits,do not slice them thin.
  2. Use spicy variety red chillies as the main spice we used here is red chillies.Also use freshly ground coarse pepper corns,it is added for the flavor.
  3. This rice tastes nice if it is prepared spicy.But you can prepare it according to your spice levels.
  4. I mentioned lemon juice as optional but it balances the taste,so I recommend to use it.But add it accordingly to balance the flavors of rice.
  5. You can even use left over rice to prepare this.
  6. Do not use Basmati rice for this rice,use sona masuri or ponni or surti kolam or any equivalent variety to prepare this.


Resna said...

Wow this is really a new rice variety for me. very interesting one looks so tasty..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Prathy
Garlic rice looks simply awesome. Wonderful pics as well.

Unknown said...

Yummmmy and I find it easy to prepare as well. Even I can prepare this one and surprise my mom as I don't cook frequently. My mum would love this too because the dish won't let rice be wasted.
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Kanan said...

This kind of rice recipe is new to me. looks easy to make and flavorful.

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