Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Colourful , Flavorful Capsicum Rice


Things needed :

Green Bell pepper 1
Red Bell pepper 1
Yellow Bell pepper 1
Orange Bell pepper 1

Basmati rice - 1 kg
Onion 1
Ginger- Garlic chopped -2 sp ( 1 sp each)

2 Bay leaves broken,
2-3 cinnamon sticks broken,
cloves -20

Needed for cooking the rice :

Chilly powder -- 1 sp
Coriander - 1/2 sp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp.
salt - 4 tsp

Needed for preparing the Bell Peppers :

chilly powder - 1/2 sp
Turmeric -1/4 tsp
salt - 1 tsp

Preparation method :

Heat Ghee in a vessel .
Add the spices . 2 bay leaves broken, 2-3 cinnamon sticks broken, cloves -20
When the cloves splutters , start adding spices.
Remove the vessel from the fire, so that the spices wont get burn.
Add chilly powder , coriander & turmeric. Saute.
Add a little bit water if the vessel is too hot.
Don't add a lot.
Mix in Basmati rice . Saute.
Fry the rice uniformly by sauteing.

Add water double the measure of the rice ( Its also o.k. if the water is a lil bit less than double) & cook covering a lid.

While the rice is cooking we can prepare the Bell Peppers to add in the rice.

Taking a small pause in my recipe I want to say how beautiful these Capsicums are , reminds me of Indian national flag somehow with its rich red , orange - green colors. Even the rice that we are making now is extremely colorful. So lets go back to recipe.

Now,heat some Ghee in a pan.
Add Ginger-Garlic chopped .
When starts spreading its flavor,
Add Onion. Saute 1 min. Add Green chillies.
Saute till the onion becomes transparent & chillies become slightly cooked.
Add in the cut Bell Peppers . Saute for 1 min.

Add salt , Turmeric & Chilly powder . Mix. Cook for around 5 min., sauteing in between(not continuously) , until it becomes slightly cooked . Take care not to mash them. The basic idea is to have them slightly crispy.

Using a fork check in between to see if the rice is done.
The water should be perfectly absorbed . If the rice is ready , add the cooked Bell Peppers

& the fried raisins and mix gently using a fork.
Your Capsicum rice is ready to be served .

Have a closer view. A perfect treat for your eyes & appetite.Try it and let me know.



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