Sep 12, 2008

Orange Rice

This is another rice for which I got the recipe from a magazine. I have never tried variety rice with orange. So just wanted to try this time. Here is the recipe.

  1. Basmati rice - 1 cup
  2. Orange - 1 or 2 (we need 1 3/4 cup of juice; accordingly take orange)
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Onion - 1 (chopped)
  6. Green chillies - 2
  7. Ginger - a small piece (chopped)
  8. Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  9. channa dhall - 1 1/2 tsp
  10. Red chillies - 2 (acc to taste)
  11. Cardamom - 1
  12. Cloves - 1
  13. Bay leaves - 1
  14. Orange skin or zest - 1 tsp
  15. Coriander leaves - for garnishing
  16. Unsalted butter - 3 tbsp
  17. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  18. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

First wash and soak rice for 10 mts. After 10 mts., drain it completely and keep it aside. Squeeze out juice from oranges for about 1 3/4 cups and keep it aside. In the mean time, fry coriander seeds, red chillies, channa dhall, cardamom, cloves, to golden brown and grind it into a fine powder. Take a pressure cooker, pre heat butter and splutter mustard and cumin seeds. When its done, add onion, orange skin(zest) and green chillies and fry it till it becomes golden brown. In between add bay leaf to it. Now add the drained rice, orange juice, salt, a pinch of sugar, turmeric powder and the grounded masala powder to it and mix it well. Pressure cook it upto 2 whistles. When the pressure is released, open the cooker and garnish the rice with coriander leaves. This rice tastes really good and onion raita can be used as a side dish for this rice.
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