METHI RICE | PEANUT- HERB “FRIED RICE”

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For all you readers who are looking forward to my recipes, I apologize for the delay in posting but I promise this Methi Rice is such a simple and tasty recipe that it will be worth the wait! (For tips on serving Basmati, jump straight ahead to the my-take section)

O.K. Reasons for the delay? I try to keep my weekend blogging-free. It helps me demarcate a work-week. You tend to lose a bit of your personal life when working from home (Am I right?). Secondly, this Monday marked the beginning of a new year as per some Hindu traditions. So, I made an elaborate lunch (catering to both Nachiket’s and my upbringing and festivities) giving me no time to photograph food or post recipes!

Methi Rice

But I tell you, making this super simple Methi rice also was a tough task for the weekend with our two latest addictions: Words with Friends and Game of Thrones. All our plans for the weekend went flying out of the window when we installed Words with Friends on our phones and played against each other, THE ENTIRE DAY! Both of us being the super-competitive souls we are, Iam surprised there have been only playful arguments and not serious harm to either of us 😛

Game of Thrones was continuously playing in the background while we were playing. Its nice with Drama & suspense but it could do away with some of the nudity I guess! But I know why all men like it though. Nudity and sword fights. Do men really ask for more from television? 😀

Methi Rice

Back to the recipe, It really does not need too much intro. I have used fresh Methi /Fenugreek leaves easily available from any Indian Store. But, this recipe delivers such a tasty meal that not having Methi is no reason not to eat it. Use Spinach or even a Spinach-Kale mixture in its place and Enjoy the recipe!

Methi Rice

I have used Peanut powder made out of roasted peanuts. If you have raw peanuts on hand, just powder them and cook them for longer in the recipe before adding the greens. Same Taste Achieved! Here is the recipe for:

Methi Rice

METHI RICE | PEANUT- HERB “FRIED RICE”

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked Basmati rice
  • 1 cup fresh Methi/Fenugreek leaves (2 cups of any other green you choose)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanut powder
  • 4 slit green chilies for adding heat (Use 1 tsp paprika instead)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Cook rice in a rice cooker using 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Or in an open pan until soft.
  2. Set aside and let the rice cool.
  3. In a wok/wide bottom pan like a kadai, heat up the oil.
  4. Add Cumin seeds into the hot oil and allow them to crackle.
  5. Add the chopped garlic. Once they begin to turn golden, add in the slit green chilies or paprika.
  6. Add the onion and sauté till they turn translucent.
  7. Add salt and the peanut powder. Mix well.
  8. Add the chopped greens. Methi/fenugreek leaves in this case.
  9. Mix well and turn off the heat. The heat from the oil and pan is sufficient to cook the greens.
  10. After about 2 min, when the greens have wilted, add the previously cooled rice.
  11. Mix well with a light hand.
  12. Turn the heat back on. Cook over medium heat and continue mixing with a light hand at regular intervals.

My Take:

To attain the nice long grain Basmati look:

1. Add the rice into the vegetables once it has cooled down. Hot rice is not strong enough to take the pressure from a spatula while you are mixing it. This means that you will end up breaking all the rice grains and never have beautiful long Basmati on your plate

2. Mix slowly. Do not be harsh.

3. Once you are done mixing, turn the heat back on. This ensures that the rice does not get hot while you are still mixing

Yummily Yours'

Prash

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8 Comments

  1. OK, two things:
    1 – YUMMY rice!!!
    2 – My, what a lovely backdrop you have there. Did you make it?? 😉
    Thanks for letting me know – it turned out fantastic!!

    • Ha ha 😀 Yes Sara, I made this and the blue and brown backdrops used in other recipes. All thanks to you 🙂

  2. looks so yummy…… so tempting and flavourful

  3. Wow, this looks and sounds super tasty!! I have a peanut noodle dish that I’m crazy about, but have never tried flavoring rice with peanut – can’t wait to try this!!

    • Thank you. I love peanut with noodles too! am sure you will love this. Looks like we have similar taste profiles!:)

  4. Wow Prash! Loved the details. They did help me turn out this one as a great dish! 🙂

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