Yes I am back, and the first post up here after the break is straight out of my kitchen 🙂
As an Indian, I love the diversities in India. All the Indian states showcase their unique traditions, customs, cultures and food.
Since I am happily into an inter-caste marriage, I find myself lucky to be able to explore and experiment with two kinds of cuisines at home.
My better half is from the Western India, a part of India characterised by sweet, savory, spicy food with lots of varieties in tempering (tadkas). They use mustard, cumin, fenugreek and sesame seeds a lot !!
Whilst I am from North India, the land characterised by an overdose of ghee, butter and spicy curries cooked in onion-tomato gravies, not to forget the ginger-garlic paste they use in almost every dish 😛
Ohh yea, and the North Indians use a lot of mustard oil in their food…..yuck !!
So here we are on our way to make a very basic spicy rice, with onion as its core ingredient. The onion used here gives the rice its rich brown colour and flavour.
It is a basic rice dish, easy to make and believe me, your taste buds are gonna love it.
There are lots of variations possible, we shall deal with them at the end. 🙂
Spicy Onion Rice
2 cups white rice, washed and soaked for half an hour.
1 small red onion, chopped lengthwise
1 green chilly, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves, 2 black peppers, a small piece of cinnamon
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsp cooking oil of your choice
Salt to taste
Water ( Its not possible to write down a measurement for water, as it depends on how you cook your rice everyday and what kind of rice you are using)
1. In a large microwave safe bowl pour in the soaked rice and some water, just enough to cook the rice.
2. In a small wok heat the oil and add the cumin seeds, cloves, black peppers and cinnamon.
3. When its starts spluttering, add the onion and the green chillies. Take care the cumin seeds don’t burn and turn black.
4. Keep stirring the mixture till the onion becomes translucent and its edges start to brown.
5. While the onion starts browning, immediately add the red chilli powder and 1/2 cup water. Make sure to add the water soon after the chilli powder or it would burn and would give a black colour instead of the red.
As soon as you add the water, the mixture gets a rich red colour and gives out awesome aroma of the onion 🙂
6. Add this tempered mixture into the bowl with rice.
7. Add salt to taste.
8. Cover the bowl and microwave on high for 10 min. When its done, check again, add a cup of water more and microhigh for 10 more min.
So my rice took 20 min to cook in the microwave.
Pressure cooker method
1. Pour in the soaked rice and water into the pressure cooker.
2. Prepare the tempering following steps 2 to 5 of the microwave method.
3. Add the tempered mixture to the cooker with rice. Add the salt. Three whistles and the rice is done !!
Check out the pic of the bowl right out of the microwave. All the tempering has moved into the centre 🙂
Slowly mix in with a spatula and distribute the spices all over the rice. Its ready to be gulped down, with or without a side dish.
A bonus point, it is super easy to cook for those bachelors who hate cooking but crave for tasty food. 😛
1. Throw in some diced carrots and a handful of peas to get that tasty veggie rice.
2. You can also add 1 tsp of ginger-garlic paste to the tempering to make the rice more pungent. I didnt do that coz I like the onion flavour to dominate 🙂
3. If you like your rice to be a bit sweet- savoury, add in a tbsp of sugar to the tempering. The sugar would caramalise and add a wee bit of sweetness to the rice.
4. If you like it more spicy, increase the amount of green chillies or the red chilly powder.
Give this simple rice dish a try whenever you are feeling too lazy to cook an elaborate meal, or when you are craving for a spicy dish or simply just coz you loved the pictures I have put up……………just lemme know how it went 🙂
Till then ciao..