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Yogurt & Rice

Curd Rice is a popular recipe in south India. Being closer to the equator, south India has extreme levels of heat during summer. This dish provides relief from the hot summer afternoons. Both rice and yogurt are coolants for your body. According to Ayurveda, it is beneficial to eat 'cooling foods' during summer. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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This Summer, Serve This Warm, Indian Inspired Nicoise Rice Salad

Salade Nicoise is a popular French salad. I am substituting the salad leaves in this salad with curry flavored white basmati rice. It makes for a filling lunch when served cold in warm weather. The essential elements of Nicoise salad are tuna fish, eggs, tomatoes, olives, and beans. The use of white basmati rice flavored with curry powder is a twist I made in this recipe.

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Green Peas & Lemon Rice Pulao

Pulao comes from the word Pulaka in Sanskrit, and it means flavored rice. Pilaf is a derivative of the word Pulao. Lemon chunks in a pilaf? Who knew! Today we take a turn from our sweets and look into how to eat a healthier side dish: Pilaf! A great way to bring some zest (pun intended) into your plain white rice (and life).   Serves 2 Ingredients 3/4 cup good quality white basmati rice 1/2 teaspoon sea salt   1 Tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns 1 medium red onion, minced 1/2 cup frozen green peas 1/2 lemon, diced, along with zest and rind 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped parsleyInstructions In a medium saucepan over...

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Orange and Star Anise Rice (Shirin Polo)

When Persia traded with India in 1700-1800 AD, this recipe became part of Indian cuisine. The influence of Persia can be seen in this recipe with the addition of almonds and pistachios, whereas spices and white basmati rice from India found a place in this delectable dish! Ingredients 1 Tablespoon ghee 1/2 cup grated carrots 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup slivered almonds 1/4 cup golden/green raisins 1/4 cup chopped pistachios 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/8th teaspoon ground star anise OR saffron 1 orange, zested and juiced 2 cups cooked white basmati rice 4 Tablespoons chopped cilantro   Instructions In a non-stick pan over medium heat, melt ghee. Add carrots, sea salt, almonds, raisins, pistachios, sugar, and star anise. Saute...

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Kedgeree (Fish, Eggs, & Rice Breakfast Dish)

Kedgeree is a gently spiced Anglo Indian dish made with fish, eggs, and rice. The original dish is the classic Indian lentil and rice dish called Khichari. Khichari is soul food in India, whether you are sick or you have an upset stomach, or it is an auspicious occasion, khichari is prepared and eaten. Kedgeree, on the other hand, is a breakfast dish in Britain. Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 8 cups water 1 cup white basmati rice 2 eggs 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 lb tuna fish, skin removed and chopped in 1-inch cubes OR 1/2 lb canned tuna fish, roughly chopped 3 Tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup white onion, finely chopped 1 jalapeno, stem removed, minced 1 Tablespoon ground ginger 1 Tablespoon...

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