Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gojju Rice

On most days I look into the fridge and then plan what I would like to cook. Then there are days when I am expecting friends, when I plan what I want to cook. Yes, that is the way I operate. Works well for me.
And then I made an acquaintance who, how shall I put it mildly (?), is HIGHLY opinionated. I got lectured on how to take care of my baby, another friend's 5 year old got pinched on his arm (yes, pinched) and then said, "hurts doesn't it? see... that's how it hurts Mommy's heart when you are mischievous", and we all got lectured on how to plan menus in advance, for everyday cooking or when entertaining.
Plan menus for weeks in advance??? Heck, I don't know which pair of un... socks I will wear tomorrow! I left with my ears buzzing and a headache bordering on a migraine.

The only time I plan what to cook is on Sunday mornings, when the hubby travels to go to work and usually will carry his dinner as he reaches his hotel room rather late. Nothing too elaborate and double the amount, he says, so you can keep half and eat when you want, specially when an active 1 year old is running around!
Rice comes in handy on such occasions, tough I have cut down to eating rice in small quantities and only on weekends
I found this recipe scribbled on a notepad, copied long ago, nearly 1 1/2 year ago from a Maharashtrian cookbook, 'Hamkhass Pakasiddhi' and finally tried it!

2 Cups Rice
1/2 cup Tamarind Pulp( I used 1 tsp Tamarind concentrate)
1/2 Tsp Red Chili Pwd.
1 Tsp Sambar Masala
1 tsp Urid & Chana daal EACH
1/4 cup Peanuts and Cashews pieces
12-14 Curry leaves
1/2 cup Sesame powder ( roast sesame and powder)
Jaggery and Salt to taste
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2 hefty pinches Asafetida
1/2 tsp Turmeric
5-6 Dry Red Chilies (+/- to taste)
2 tbs Oil

Cook rice ( separate grains) and cool.

Heat oil in a kadhai /wok, add mustard seeds, after they pop , add asafetida, turmeric , red chili and curry leaves

Ad tamarind pulp, salt, jaggery and boil

Add red chili powder, sambar powder, sesame powder and let the entire mixture boil

Cool the above mix and add the rice

Heat oil, add urid daal, chana daal peanuts and cashew pieces, add this to the rice, mix well and serve

This rice is served cold and makes it ideal for lunch boxes

* Feel free to add all spices , nuts and cashews , daals in the 'tadka'/ seasoning, saves time! In my humble opinion, this recipe can easily be made with or without exact measures, the 'andaz' ( guess) works just as well, just be careful with the tamarind.
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  1. Rice looks yumm.
    I too neve rplan, justcook what i have .

  2. I love tangy rice and this is perfect! looks delicious! first time here, and you have got lovely space, will visit again!

  3. this sounds interesting...love the flavous that has gone into it :)

  4. Thank U Happy cook!!

    Thank U,Parita! See ya soon!!!

    Thank U super Chef,it makes a quick meal!

  5. god! i hope you are not putting up with that obnoxious lady...how dare she pinch a lil boy..sheesh!! The rice looks great..but i am also trying not to eat rice..it is my downfall. How is your lil kiddo doing...and he is 1 already! wow..time sure flies :)

  6. Love anything with tamarind in it...that rice looks delicious.

  7. hey thanks.. we call it puliyogare. i love it. really needed the recipe.

  8. Rice looks real tempting Manasi!...

  9. You should pinch this person hard and say, hurts? That's how I feel when you give me unsolicited advice. Tit for Tat, I say ;)
    The rice looks light and delicious for summer.

  10. for once I thought I landed in someone else's blog! going for new template?

    and did she really pinch kid???? my, my!!! many have suggested its gr8 plan ur weekly menu's in advance when u r a working woman! I tried it once and failed miserably ;)

  11. That's exactly what i do! look into the fridge and decide on the spot what to make:) loved the gojju rice!

  12. oh my...what do you do when ppl. insist on hammering their own opinions and views on our heads?

    How did you deal with it??

    I just smile, stare blankly and hope to God that they will disappear. Though, I must say, she would got a tight slap on the arm from me if she did that to any of my sons.

    The rice sounds wonderful...so many wonderful flavors in it!


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  14. plan weeks in advance? what dhanda nots!!!

    so how do they shop for veggies etc. based on what's for sale? i don't even know half the things i bring home from the store. then i figure out what to do with them.

    so these folks make a list? like baingan bharta on tuesday? i don't even know wat i'm going to eat after an hour. their choice, but i think it's boring and not creative.

    your rice looks great.

  15. I cannot imagine planning dinners and lunches weeks in advance, not even days in advance.....I tend to be more spontaneous...this rice sounds really yum and quick !

  16. I made Chinese style fried rice last night and it was so good! Yours looks great too, I'll have to try it sometime.

  17. That's a very attractive rice dish.

  18. Your rice dish looks simple to prepare. I am always trying to look for quick-to-make recipes for our lunch boxes and your recipes seems perfect. I am a great fan of your blog.

  19. I hear ya! Much that I try to 'plan' my menu for atleast 3 days at a time, I can never get past a meal at at a time :D Gojju rice is a go-to when I have nothing else on mind. Liked your version.

  20. Hi first time to your space really really enjoyed browsing thru all your recipes.. Everything looks awesome with lovely clicks.. wish to be here often. I am following you from now ...keep going.


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