Rice Bonanza

50 novel rice dishes from Kashmir to Kerala
Rice Bonanza

Author: Manjira Majumdar
Format: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9788178061054
Code: 9320A
Pages: 133
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Rice, a complete food in itself, mirrors India's culinary diversity binding us as people of a single nation. For the first time, this unique and outstanding book takes you on a culinary adventure through the kitchens of India giving you a vast array of lip-smacking rice dishes culled from all parts of our country such as:
Yakhni Pulao of Kashmir
Tehri of Punjab
Jeera Rice of Delhi
Meat Pulao of Uttar Pradesh
Fish Kofta Pulao of Bengal
Ven Pongal of Tamil Nadu
Kochi Seafood Pulao of Kerala
Vangi Bhaat of Maharashtra
...and many types of desserts
...go ahead, enjoy eating mouth-watering delicacies to your hearts content.

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About the Author(s)

Manjira Majumdar, the author of this exclusive book on rice dishes and specialities, has done masters in Comparative Literature and worked extensively in the field of journalism and communication. Apart from sharing her expertise and experience in cooking, the author has penned a number of short stories and written a book on children also. Her interests include travelling and researching on food and lifestyle of people across the globe.

Contents

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Section One NORTH
Chawal
Section Two EAST
Bhaat
Section Three SOUTH
Anna/Saadam
Section Four WEST
Chokha
Section Five DESSERTS
Rice Dishes as Desserts
Section Six MISCELLANEOUS DISHES
Miscellaneous Rice Dishes

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Kashmir
Snow-capped mountains framing a lush green valley forms the rural backdrop, as Kashmiris sit around the fire, relishing hot food and cheerful conversation. Flakes of snow flit by the window as they enjoy their saffron-flavoured tea and often, mouthfuls of rice, eaten with a vegetable preparation and possibly a dried meat dish.
Of course, available too are many forms of Indian breads, made from wheat or flour. On the other hand, there are quite a few rice dishes to be enjoyed in the Valley, of which the mutton Yakhni Pulao, is a popular one. Such is the magic of the Valley, that this dish is not a stress on the digestive system; rather, a combination with other ingredients, make it a balanced meal.
Both the Hindus and Muslims of Kashmir are meat eaters. Kashmiri Hindus, (Brahmins or Pandits), as they are known, like their counterparts in Bengal, and unlike the Brahmins of Maharashtra and South India, also eat fish. On Shivaratri, Lord Shiva is offered a meal of fish and rice in Kashmir.
Apart from the well-known Rogan Josh, the red mutton curry, enjoyed equally with rice and roti, the Valley is known for a number of other delicacies, as part of the wazwan banquet, prepared by professional cooks. The state is noted for many dishes flavoured with saffron, the spice got from the Crocus plant that grows profusely in this state.
My friend, Anju Munshi, a freelance writer and a great homemaker, has done a book on Kashmiri cuisine, that is both healthy and easy to prepare. She shares her recipe for the Yakhni Pulao with me.
Anju says, For a Kashmiri woman, cooking and serving are not arduous or depressing chores. They enjoy doing it. There are times, however, when she feels like resorting to short cuts or is in the mood to serve a one-dish meal.
This is where her Yakhni Pulao, comes in handy, as it combines taste with a certain simplicity, though yakhni or curd, is not always used in cooking the meat.
In some other cases, Yakhni Pulao, is rice cooked in the stock of lamb or chicken that has been delicately flavoured with aromatic spices.
ANJU's Yakhni Pulao
Serves 4-6.
For the mutton balls or kofta(s).
Ingredients
Chicken mince - 500 gms
Onion paste - 1 tsp
Garlic and ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Curd (optional) - A tbsp
Egg - 1 (well beaten white portion)
Salt - To taste
For the pulao.
Ingredients
Basmati Rice - 500 gms
Asafoetida - A pinch
Cloves - A few
Cinnamon - 2 sticks
Green cardamoms - 3-4 crushed
Water - 5 cup
Oil - 2 tbsps
Aniseed - 4 tsps
Method
Mix the mince with all the ingredients. Make walnut- sized balls. Lightly fry in a pan and keep aside. Meanwhile, heat oil in another pan, add the rice, washed and dried, alongwith the spices and pastes, meant for the rice. Keep stirring for five minutes. Add the water and cook till done. Take out the rice carefully off the fire and spread it out on a big open dish.
Now mix the fried mince balls to the rice, add coriander leaves and put it back in the pan in which the rice was cooked. Return to the fire and cook for about 15 minutes, till the rice and the meat are well blended.
Garnish with onion rings.
Serve with pickles, chutneys or dips of your choice.

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