Mustard Seed Rice (Kaduku saadam)
Recipe from Dakshin by Chandra Padmanabhan
Serves: 3 – 4
1 cup (200 g) basmati rice (or any good quality rice)
For the spice paste :
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1/2 cup grated coconut (5 – 6 tablespoon / 75 g)
4 red chilies
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
A marble size tamarind pulp or 1 teaspoon thick tamarind paste
1 tablespoon ghee
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
3 tablespoon peanuts
1 1/2 teaspoon black gram dal
1 1/2 teaspoon bengal gram dal (chana dal)
2 red chilies
6 curry leaves
Wash and clean rice. Cook rice with 3 cups of water and keep aside. Drain out water.
Make a fine paste of all the spice ingredients with little water.
Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a pan add mustard seeds, when it splutter add black gram dal, bengal gram dal, peanuts, red chilies and curry leaves . Saute it for 6 - 8 minutes until crisp.
Add spice paste and fry till the raw smell disappears (4 -5 minutes on a medium on low heat).
Finally, add the cooked rice and adjust salt to taste. Mix till well blended. Serve hot as a side variety rice.