A quick, easy and flavourful rice using Goda Masala that goes perfect with any raita. This is a no onion no garlic recipe and is a delightful option on fasting days too.

RECIPE :

Ingredients

1 cup basmati rice

1 cup fresh green peas (blanched)

2 tbsp oil

1/4th tsp mustard seeds

A pinch of asafoetida

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

2 1/2 to 3 tsp goda masala ( as per choice, I have used ready goda masala)

Salt to taste

2 cups hot water OR as required

2 tsp ghee (optional) to add aroma and flavour to the rice

To be ground to a paste without adding water the spices mentioned below

1 tsp coriander seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 cloves

4 black pepper

1/2″ piece cinnamon

1 small masala velchi ( badi elaichi)

3 to 4 green chillies (adjust spice level to individual choice)

3 sprigs coriander leaves

Method :

Wash the rice atleast thrice to get rid of excess starch, drain the water  and keep aside.

In a heavy bottoned pan heat oil, add mustard seeds. When they splutter add a pinch of asafoetida, turmeric powder, ground spices. Open the lid of the spice jar carefully as the spicy flavour whiffs up. Saute well.

Add rice and saute well till the masala coats the rice. Add hot water and bring to a boil. When the rice is 3/4th done, add the blanched green peas and goda masala and salt . Add 2 tsp ghee and mix well. Cover and cook till done on low flame.

Serve hot with spiced curds or raita of your choice.

TIP :

Adding blanched green peas when the rice is 3/4th done keeps the colour of peas intact and the peas also don’t get overcooked.

Adding goda masala when the rice is 3/4th cooked adds to the flavour and aroma of the rice.

Add chillies depending on the spiciness of the chillies as well as keeping in mind black pepper is added. Also goda masala has a pungent flavour.
The quantity of water to be added depends on the quality of rice used.
Ambemohar rice also can be used instead of basmati rice.

Spiced Curds:

Curds is an accompaniment in Indian meals thats healthy and nutritious.

RECIPE :

Ingredients

2 cups curds

1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

Sugar to taste ( add sugar only if the curds is tarter than you like)

Salt to taste

METHOD

In a mixing bowl, whisk curds and add red chilli powder, cumin powder, sugar and salt. Mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle a little red chilli powder and cumin powder and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve chilled with pulao, biryani or masale bhath.