Tamarind Rice With Sesame Seeds

"This recipe is slightlly adapted from the cookbook Cooking at Home with Pedatha. This is a very good south Indian recipe."
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  • Cook the 2 cups rice with water and the 1/2 teaspoons turmeric until tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Dry fry the 1/2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds and powder them. Set aside.
  • Dry fry the sesame seeds and powder them. Set aside.
  • In a dutch oven or other large cooking vessel put the 3 Table. oil, 1 Table. urad dal, 1 Table. chana dal, 1 Table. mustard seeds, and the dried red chilies.
  • Split the serrano chilies part way up and add them to the spices. Heat over high heat until the mustard seeds are popping AND the dals are light brown.
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in the 12 curry leaves.
  • Add the tamarind concentrate and 1/2 cup water. Stir-fry for 3 minutes, adding a little more water if needed. The tamarind concentrate needs to cook a bit to loose its raw taste.
  • Stir in 1/4 teaspoons hing, the powdered fenugreek seeds and the powdered sesame seeds. Cook for 2 more minutes. The water should have evaporated by this time.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in 2 teaspoons salt.
  • Slowly add the cooked rice and stir until it is well mixed. Remove from heat.
  • In a small frying pan put the remaining oil, urad dal, chana dal and mustard seeds. Heat over high heat until the dals are light brown. Quickly stir in the 6 curry leaves and then pour the spices over the top of the rice for a crunchy topping.
  • 1 teaspoons of curry powder can be added when you add the powdered sesame seeds, if desired.

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  1. This is good. Nobody was bowled over. Turns out dh doesn't like fenugreek. Was I supposed to use 2 cups cooked rice or cook 2 cups of rice? I used 2c cooked. I wonder if it wouldn't be so strongly flavored if I had used more? Aside from gathering ingredients, it's a very easy dish that comes together quickly. I used ground fenugreek & ground the sesame seeds in my spice grinder. I didn't notice their flavor in the finished dish. I also used jalapenos since serranos weren't available. I thought it was tasty & liked having something different! thank you! made for My 3 chefs 11/09.


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