Friday, February 25, 2011

Coconut rice

This is one good way to use day old left over rice. It would taste better with freshly grated coconut but I don't have the patience or the tools to grate a coconut so I use frozen grated coconut.To go along with it I cubed a mango and sprinkled some paprika and salt.


 2cups cooked rice
1 onion finely sliced
3/4 cup grated coconut
1/2 tsp grated ginger
a few cashews or peanuts
1 sprig of curry patta
1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal
1-2 tbsp dried cranberries or raisins
3-4 dried red chillies
2-3 green chillies 
1 red or orange bell pepper sliced
1/2 tsp asafoetida (optional)
salt to taste
Oil as required


Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and asafoetida. Let the mustard seeds splutter then add the dried and green chillies, curry leaves, cashews, ginger and onion. Keep stirring and cook till the onions turn golden brown. Mix in the bell peppers and add the grated coconut and raisins and cook till the edges of coconut start getting golden. The coconut will become more fragrant as it roasts. Now add the rice and salt and mix everything well. Garnish with chopped cilantro.



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