This simple recipe was an inspiration to me from Ritu…who makes this in a dash. Its a rice that can be made in literally a dash…Its wholesome, light and can be had on those days when you are really fed up of spicy masalas and heavily greasy dishes. The only suggestion is that this entree wholly depends on the lightness, flavour and aroma of the basmati rice, and the best one that brings out the covert essence of this simple delicacy is the Daawat Basmati Rice. No other basmati rice, is so aromatic in my opinion. I reserve the Daawat for special occasions and on other days use the other brand.
Here`s the minimalistic list of ingredients…and the modus operandi for this easy entree`.
2 cups basmati rice
1 cup peas
3 Green Chillis slit
2 tsp Coconut Milk
Chopped Cliantro to garnish.
2 tsp Jeera
1 inch cinnamon
1 star anise
2 bay leaves
- Measure out 2 cups of Daawat basmati rice and cook in the rice cooker with 31/2-4 cups of water. Add 2 tsp of coconut milk and a spoon of oil to the rice in the cooker, to bring out the richness. Optionally, you may skip this part, if you are watching your calories.
- When rice is cooked, spread it on a flat plate and allow to cool to avoid it from getting broken while stirring.
- Take a flat bottomed pan, add 2 spoons of ghee/oil and add the seasoning ingredients one by one, all the while stirring it in so the oil soaks up the flavors of the spices.
- Add the slit green chillis and curry leaves and pour in the fresh peas.
- With a spatula, mix in the peas, add salt and allow to cook for 3-4 mins on a medium flame.
- Finally, add the cooked rice, salt and and mix well.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and a dash of lime juice.