Brinji Rice

by - November 20, 2010


The leaves of Bay tree is called as Brinji ilai  in Tamil. This Rice use Bay leave as a main flavoring spice & Excellent lunch box recipe too...

Ingredients:

Basmati rice - 1 cup
Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup ( Carrot, beans, peas, potatoes, cauliflower can be used)
Meal maker or soy chunks - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 big ( sliced lengthwise)
Tomato - 1 medium ( cubed into big pieces)
Green chili - 4 or 5 ( slit into 2)
Ginger Garlic paste - 2tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp or to taste.
Mint & cilantro leaves - 2 tbsp (minced)
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Cashew paste - 1 tbsp (optional)
Water - 1 1/2 cup for rice & 1 cup for soy chunks.
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ghee -2 tbsp
Salt to taste.

For Seasoning:

Bay leaves - 2 or 3
Cinnamon - 1"
Cardamom - 2
Fennel seed - 1/4 tsp

Method:

  • Wash & soak rice for 15 mins, Drain & keep it aside.
  • Boil 1 cup of water & add soy chunks to it.
  • When it become soft Take it from heat & allow it to cool.
  • Drain & squeeze the excess water from cooked soy chunks & keep it aside.
  • Heat Oil & Ghee in a pressure pan and add seasoning ingredients.
  • Add Onion & green chili and saute until onion become soft.
  • Add vegetables & soy chunks and saute for 3 mins.
  • Now add Ginger garlic paste & stir until raw smell disappear.
  • Then add Tomato, Red chili powder and required salt & saute a minute.
  • Taste & adjust the salt & spice.
  • Pour 1 1/2 cup of water & coconut milk and  bring to boil.
  • At this stage add rice & cilantro mint leaves.
  • When mixture starts boiling, cover the pan & low the heat.
  • Cook for 10 mts & turn off the heat. ( if cooking in  pressure cooker weight for 10 mins but do not cook anymore.)
  • Open the pan after 15 mins & transfer to serving bowl.

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