I had my primary schooling in Coimbatore. When we came to Chennai, I saw this Rice in most of my class mates’ lunchboxes at least once in a week. I have never heard of this neither in Coimbatore or in Madurai, my native place. It looks like Vegetable Biryani, but tastes lighter.
You can find this Rice available almost in all Hotels in Chennai. Then I learnt from one of my friend (few years later) that it is nothing but flavorful Rice with less or no vegetables. Also, Bay Leaf is called as ‘Birinji Ilai’ in Tamil.
Yesterday, I didnt have more vegetables in hand. So made this Rice with the available Peas.
Here is the easy recipe.
Basmati Rice 1 ½ cups
Chilli Powder ½ tsp
Coriander Powder 3/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
Green Chillies 2-3
Pudina and Coriander Leaves Few
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1tsp
Peas ½ cup
Tomato (medium) 1
Onion (medium) 1
Whole Garam Masala
Bay Leaves 2
Green Cardamom 2
Cinnamon Sticks a small piece
Cut and puree Tomatoes. Chop Onions lengthwise. Soak Rice for 30 minutes. Slit chillies.
Heat Oil in a Cooker. When hot, add the Whole Garam Masala. When the seeds crackle and turn slightly brown, add chopped Onions, Pudina & Coriander Leaves and chillies .
When Onions turn slightly brown, add Tomato Paste. Fry for a while and then add all the Powders. Fry till the Oil separates. Now add Peas and strained Rice.
Mix well. Add water and Salt. Close the Lid and cook for 1 whistle.
Serve with Raita.