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Being in lockdown has changed the way we cook and eat for most of us. Many of us who wouldn’t usually go into the kitchen find ourselves drawn to experiment with our culinary skills. Which of course is more challenging given the challenged supply situation being faced many as well as paucity of help at home. But that doesn’t mean we cannot express ourselves. In the article below, the author, helps you with some very simple rice recipes that can become a meal on its own. Happy cooling and Bon Apetit. Team RetyrSmart
Enjoy these easy rice recipes. Just perfect for the lockdown
7 quick rice recipes that you can swear by during the lockdown
For the days when you want to delight your taste buds with something refreshing, you can always trust the tanginess of lemon.
Soak a handful of chana dal and urad dal in water. Heat some oil in a pan. Once it is hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and chopped green chillies. Add finely chopped ginger and saute until it turns golden brown. Now, add some peanuts and the soaked dal. Saute for around 2 minutes on medium flame.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Add cooked rice and lemon juice. Mix well and your lemon rice is ready.
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Here is another tempting rice recipe that can be prepared within minutes.
Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic, green chillies and ginger. Saute for a minute on low flame. Now, add chopped onions. Once the onions turn light brown in colour, add tomatoes. Sprinkle salt and red chilli as per your taste. Add cooked rice after tomatoes turn soft. Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.
You can also add Maggi tastemaker to enhance the flavour.
CHANA DAL KHICHDI
Don’t let the word ‘khichdi’ dishearten you. Chana dal khichdi is a delish variant of khichdi that offers a subtle taste along with the crunch of roasted dal.
Soak chana dal in water and keep aside. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds, a pinch of hing (asafoetida) and chopped ginger. Saute for a minute on medium flame. Now, add chana dal and roast for around 2-3 minutes. Add salt and ground black pepper. Add soaked rice and water. If you are taking 1 cup of rice, then pour 1 and ½ cup of water. Close the lid and cook to 2 whistles.
CHILLI GARLIC FRIED RICE
Missing the restaurant-style fried rice amid this coronavirus lockdown? Fret not. It is quite easy to make them at home.
Heat oil in a pan. Add ginger-garlic paste and sliced onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add sliced bell peppers (or capsicum). Add salt and red chilli powder. Now, add some vinegar, soy sauce and red chilli sauce. Now, mix it with cooked rice. Voila, your chilli garlic fried rice is ready.
You can also add more vegetables, shredded chicken or egg to this recipe.
This is a little hatke. Cooked rice can also be used as stuffing for your regular parathas.
Take a dough ball, roll it into a circle using a rolling pin. Add cooked rice, salt and red chilli. Bring all the sides in the centre and seal tightly. Now, roll the stuffed dough again and then cook on a flat pan (tawa) until crispy from both sides.
We are sure you are missing your lip-smacking plate of Biryani. But making Biryani is a time-consuming task, hence it is not in this list. But you can satiate your taste buds with home-made Paneer Pulao until the coronavirus unrest settles.
Heat oil in a kadhai (wok). Add paneer cubes and saute until they turn golden from all the sides. Keep them aside on a plate.
Now, add some more oil in the wok. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, green cardamom and ½ inch cinnamon stick. Let them splutter for a few seconds. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute. Now, add sliced onion and fry until they turn golden brown in colour. You can add more vegetables like peas, chopped carrot and potatoes – as per your preference. After they turn soft, add the paneer cubes. Sprinkle salt, chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
Now, add rice and water. Cook until water evaporates.
CRISPY RICE BALLS
Ditch the basic snacks and try making crispy rice balls to go with your cup of tea in the evening. You are surely gonna love it.
In a bowl, add chopped onion, ginger, garlic and green chilli. Add cooked rice to it. Now, add salt, red chilli powder, garam masala and coriander powder. Mix all the ingredients well. Now, add gram flour (besan) and rice flour (optional). Mix well with the rice. You can add 1-2 teaspoon water to bind all the ingredients. Now, roll the prepared mixture into small balls and deep fry them in a wok. Fry until the balls turn crispy and golden brown in colour.
Pro tip: You can also add a bit of cheese in each ball.