Monday, December 28, 2009

Methi Pulao

Andhra Pradesh, the state in India I hail from is sweetly named as 'Rice bowl of India'. We eat rice almost every day and we love it to the fullest...:)..

.... but some unfortunate events ,happening back in my state are threatening the very integrity of it. Some want a separate state called - 'Telangana'..on the sole reason that the region is being neglected and proper funds are not allocated for its development. though the demand for separate state is not new, recent events took a new twist and every day - the first thing I tell my parents, when I call them is 'to be careful'...it is sad that when politics become pre-dominant, the voice of the people is snubbed and the result of that is ...utter chaos.. I fervently hope things would settle soon, back home and everything comes to its normality.. Do I support this 'separate state'.. Hell No!.. It is so hard for  me to comprehend the thought that my state will be broken into pieces.. It is entirely my opinion & there might be others who totally disagree with me.

....coming back to today's recipe...is a rice dish ofcourse..'Methi Pulao'..and the recipe is of sindi roommate....we ate this with a spicy eggplant-tomato curry and it was simply heavenly..:) Enjoy.




Methi Pulao (Fenugreek Pulao) [my sindhi rommate's recipe]

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh fenugreek leaves
1 cup long-grain basmati rice
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1 cup vegetables - I used beans, carrots & corn.
2 green chillies, very finely chopped
2 bay leaves
2 cardamom & clove pods
2 tbsp ghee (butter or oil)
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
salt - to taste

Preparation:

1. Clean rice and soak for atleast 15-20 mins.

2. In a pan, heat ghee and drop cloves, cardamom and bay leaves. let them crackle. Add green chillies and tomatoes. Cook until a little mush. then add the rest of veggies. cook until tender.

3. Add methi leaves and cook for 5 mins till it releases the aromatic smell of fenugreek..:). Add rice and fry for couple of minutes. Add 2 cups of water. Season with salt and garam masala. Mix well. Do not cover yet.

4. Let it come to a rolling boil, then cover & cook on medium heat until rice is done.

Optional: Garnish with fried onion and cilantro & serve hot with a spicy side dish.

Heaven! :)

Eggplant-Tomato Curry -





Today is Day Three of the recipe countdown to New Year 2010..to know what other participants are cooking.. please scroll through the right-hand-side-bar.

Chao,

27 comments :

  1. Every state is now being broken into even smaller pieces. Shows how clueless our politicians are. I am still on vacation siri. Will b bck on new years. Just have a glance via iPhone hence gave u a comment. Was surprised to see the same name recipe marathon used and hence wanted to inquire. Saw ur mail. Let's discuss it on phone wen I get bck. Will call ya. Yummy rice btw :)

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  2. simple and satisfying :)

    I agree with you siri, what if every state requested the same? It would be like how India was before independence..

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  3. DK - It feels so good to hear from you babes :).. still vacationing but can't resist blogging huh? Hehehe.. I should let K know about this ;)..give me a call once you are back. Hugs.

    sowjanya - that is exactly what is happening sowjanya. with telangana issue.. others are agitating for 'Gorkhaland' etc etc. no clue what gonna happen tomorrow.

    sonia - thanks sonia :)

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  4. Oops! Siri, I just read your reply for Mirchi Ka Salan.. Sorry if you had to change your plans..I've been wanting to try it out for a long time (the first few times, I added lot of ingredients and was not sure about it)..Hope mine was OK and you'd approve it..Waiting to learn the techniques of making a good salan..

    I am from Tamilnadu (howdy neighbor) and I can imagine how they are going to use this issue to separate TN to south arcot, north arcot etc etc., May be I should try fasting too, if I want something from the love of my life :)

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  5. I simply cannot imagine Andhra bifurcated--it's very sad to hear how things are turning out back home. Hope everything gets back to normal very soon.
    Methi rice looks delicious.

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  6. Simple and delicious, Siri! This is such a nice meal for a week-night dinner ... just perfect!

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  7. Yummy... I make a couple of versions of methi pulao:

    http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/moong-methi-pulao.html

    http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/07/corn-methi-pulao.html

    http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/07/methi-pulao.html

    Shall try it with the veggies next time.

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  8. I had reads many methi pulav versions, yours seem very simple and easy to prepare and it totally looks delectable !!

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  9. Lovely rice - interesting idea!

    About the politics, the Telangana issue has now been taken over by the even more disgusting issue of a Geriatric Governor allegedly caught on tape with two women!!! Less said the better about these politicians with their own crooked agendas - and yes the common man figures nowhere on it!

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  10. good to see u back blogging actively...simple and delicious pulav recipe.

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  11. I am also not in favour of creating small states ..this way it will be all bits and pieces ..this is not what Sardar Patel tried to do when he was on a mission of creating one India and strong India at the time of independence...division is no solution , we have to distribute benefits to each and every one in a state.

    methi pulao looks so good :)
    hugs and smiles

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  12. the telengana situation indedd is very disheartening.. :(

    The pulao and the eggplant curry looks awesome!!

    Happy New Year to you!

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  13. How have you been Siri? It's been a while since I stopped here. The new layout is really very pleasant. Nice recipe. I have not prepared pulav with methi.

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  14. That pulao is definitely a great way to show off the beauty of rice.

    I don't much about the Telangana movement but the fragmentation of states is very painful and hard to understand.

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  15. Looks lovely, Siri. And I love the eggplant dish. It's difficult to keep that promise I made to myself -- no shopping until the New Year -- so no eggplant till then! :)

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  16. sowjanya - No sowjanya.. what I meant to say was after the stuffed peppers, my next venture will be the classic hyderbadi dish - 'mirchi ka salan'..:)..I will definitely check out yours too..

    pavani - that is exactly how I am feeling right now pavani.. breaking states with pre-text of 'better governance'.. I am not sure how good-a-thing is that.

    nithya - thanks :)

    sheetal kiran - that is true sheetal.. an appetizing meal on any-night-dinner actually..:)

    raaga - I will them all out raaga. thanks for the links.

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  17. kanchan - thanks kanchan.. this one is a easy-breezy version of methi pulao.

    miri - there is so much sh*t going on back home, it is not even funny miri.. right from the T issue to the disgusting governor we had.. he is 86 years old for god's sake!!

    sumi - thanks sumi.. this marathon was a nice pre-text for me to get back to active blogging.

    bee - thanks bee.. wishing you and Jai a very happy & prosperous new year 2010.

    s - thanks.

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  18. susvaad - thanks..:)

    jaya - what you said is so true jaya.. I wish these politicians gain their senses soon and see what the people are *actually* want..not behave according to their whims & fancies..hugs and smiles to you too dear.

    superchef - yay! good to see you here sc.. how is everything going at your end? Happy new year 2010 to you too dear :)

    madhuram - Hi Madhu, I am doing good and yup, it is been a while that I dropped in at yours too..thanks.. I wanted a festive layout on my blog.. glad you liked it..do make this simple pulao .. you will be hooked just like me. :)

    nupur - thanks nupur. unfortunately, inspired by Telangana movement, *others* too are agitating for a separate state.. it is a chaos down there in hyderabad and I am hoping it will NOT spread to other states too.

    linda - thanks linda. *no shopping till new year?*.. that is one brave resolution linda.. all the very best to that :))

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  19. Wishing you all my readers a very Happy and Joyous 2010. May all your dreams and wishes come true and God bless you all.

    Hugs,
    Siri

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  20. Siri, Methi Pulao looks Excellent. I was searching for its recipe on saturday. next time, i will try urs.

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  21. Great recipe, Siri! I suppose it could be done with dried methi leaves as well?

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  22. MOS - Haven't tried with just dry methi yet. I think a combination of both fresh and dry would work best. :-)

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