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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cumin Seeds Flavoured Rice (Jeera Chawal)

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Awadhi/Punjabi/Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Cumin Seeds Flavoured Basmati Rice (Jeera Chawal)
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Basmati Rice- 1 Cup
Mix of Ghee & Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 2 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)/ Imperial Cumin Seeds (Shahi Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Bay Leaf (Tejpatta)- 1 No.
Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)- 1 Inch
Onions- 1 Medium, Finely Sliced
Salt- To Taste
Water- 2 Cups

Method:
Clean, Wash & Soak Rice for about Half an Hour to 45 Minutes. Drain & Keep Aside
Heat Ghee & Olive Oil in a Non Stick Pot
Add Onions & Cook till Golden Brown
Now Add Jeera/ShahiJeera, Tejpatta, Dalchini & Sauté
Add Rice & Sauté till Rice is covered with all the Ingredients properly
Add Water & Cover to Simmer on Slow Flame
Check the Rice as when the Water is absorbed, Jeera Chawal is done!

 
Serve Hot with any Dal Preparation, One Vegetable Preparation, Set Curd/Flavored Yoghurt!


Tips:
Can add Fresh Green Peas (Parboiled) for a more Colourful & Nutritious Dish
We have had this Dish with Cashewnuts,  
Caraway Seeds/Royal Cumin Seeds are also some other names for Shahi Jeera

Variations:
In this Recipe, we have used Regular Ponni Rice that is most easily available in the Southern Indian Region but any other commonly available Indian Rice Varieties like Sona Masuri can be used
Just as Authentic Punjabi Cuisine is incomplete without Ghee, Jeera Chawal is incomplete without the Traditional Basmati Rice. So please try & use the same for this Dish!
Being on a Health Conscious Lifestyle, we have tried this Dish with Brown Basmati Rice as well & Trust me it tastes as good as it does with Regular Rice! 

Sliced Onions can be fried till Golden Brown separately, Kept Aside & added to the Rice while Simmering

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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