Monday, 22 October 2012

Samak kay chawal

Navratra fast is a total feast - unfortunately blessed with 1000's of delicious calories !
 Samak kay chawal or the ' fasting rice ' , thankfully is the exception , low in fat , and high on flavors . This versatile grain can be cooked as a sweet or savory , it's easy to make and totally fulfilling .This recipe is somewhat like a upma / dalia .

1 portion of rice to 2 portions of thin buttermilk.

Soak the ' chawal ' in a thin salty lassi ( buttermilk ) for about 20 minutes . The grain will soak up some , not all the liquid . After 20 minutes drain the chawal reserving the lassi .
In a wok heat 1 teaspoon of ghee/oil splutter some jeera , then add curry leaves , bits of ginger and chopped chilies and a dash of haldi . Next in go the chawal . Toss around in the wok to coat , and after a minute add the balance buttermilk and cook over low heat till the liquid is absorbed and the grain is soft - each grain nice and separate and not a big mash !
You may need to add a bit more liquid while cooking in which case add some hot water.
Delicious with dahi and chili pickle !
Sikandalous Cuisine

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