On a cold night, after a tiresome day when you enter your home after work how will you feel when a piping hot bowl of flavorful rice with papads and pickles are presented before you ? Simply heaven right? My lovely mother showed me the heaven yesterday by her heartfelt love and this wonderful dish.
This can be categorized under a quick meal as she said it took less than 10 mins of prep work and the entire process took around 20 mins. Here comes the simple recipe!
Raw / Basmati rice – 1 cup
Water – 2.5 cupsBig onion – 1 (chopped)
Tomato small ones – 2 (chopped)
Bitter guard – 1/4 cup (chopped)
Brinjal – 1/2 cup (chopped)Ginger Garlic paste – 1 T
Green chillies (slit lengthwise) – 4 nos
Turmeric – a pinch
Salt – as per taste
Peanut oil – 3 T
How to make it?
Wash the rice and add the 2.5 cups of water. Place the rice with water in the cooker and without closing the lid keep it on stove top with medium flame. Chop up all veggies and heat oil in the kadai. Once it is hot add the ginger garlic paste and fry them till golden brown. Now add the onions and fry them till they turn pink. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 more mniutes. Now add the bitter guard and brinjal along with turmeric and cook till the brinjal starts wilting. By this time the water with rice in the cooker will be hot enough. Add this veggie mix to it along with required salt, mix well, close the cooker lid and put on the weight. Cook for 3-4 whistles (depends on your cooker).
Serve piping hot with papad and pickles. You can have it with your favorite raita too.
Amma made a delicious curry with Nethili dry fish. Believe me, bitter guard never tasted as good as in this rice!