Black Rice Khichdi with Watermelon Salsa

Black Rice Khichdi with Watermelon Salsa

Prep: 3 hours

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Rice

Type: Fusion

The colour may put you off but once you taste it you will simply enjoy it

Ingredients

  • Black rice, ¾ cooked 3 cups
  • Split green gram with skin (chilkewali moong dal), cooked ½ cup
  • Olive oil 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds ½ tsp
  • Ginger, chopped ½ tsp
  • Green chillies 2
  • Curry leaves 8 to 10
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Medium onions, chopped 2
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking liquid (rice starch) 3 cups
  • Fresh coriander sprigs a few
  • Spring onion with greens 1
  • Micro greens for garnishing
  • Salsa
  • Medium watermelon, seeds removed ¼
  • Large tomato, chopped 1
  • Fresh basil leaves 5 to 6
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste
  • Spring onion with greens 1
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Chaat masla ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon ¼ inch
  • Green chilli 1

Methods

  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan, add cumin seeds and ginger and saute till cumin changes colour.
  • Slit green chillies and add along with curry leaves, turmeric powder, chilli powder and onions and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add black rice, green gram and salt and mix well. Add cooking liquid and stir. Chop coriander sprigs and add. Reserve the spring onion greens and slice the bulb into batons, add to the pan and mix. Cook for 5-10 minutes or till the liquid dries up a little.
  • To make the salsa, chop watermelon and transfer into a bowl. Add tomato and torn basil leaves.
  • Add coriander leaves, salt and crushed peppercorns and mix. Chop spring onion bulb and add along with olive oil, chaat masala and lemon juice.
  • Grate in the cinnamon. Finely chop green chilli and add. Mix well and transfer into a serving bowl.
  • Transfer the black rice khichdi in another serving bowl.
  • Chop the reserved spring onion greens and sprinkle over the khichdi and salsa. Garnish with micro greens and serve.
Almond Crusted Chicken

Almond Crusted Chicken

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15-20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Rice

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Chicken

Include this delightful protein filled starter in your dinner menu and win the hearts of your loved ones. The crushed almond coating makes it crispier.

Serving Suggestion : Arrange them on a serving platter and serve them hot with a salad or a sauce of your choice. .

Ingredients

  • Boneless chicken, cut into 1 inch cubes 500 gms
  • Crushed almonds 3 cups
  • Oil to grease
  • Breadcrumbs 1/3 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed black peppercorns 1/2 tsp
  • Egg whites, beaten 2

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 180 ºC/350º F. Grease a baking tray.
  • Put crushed almonds, salt, breadcrumbs and crushed black peppercorns on a plate, mix well and spread.
  • Take the egg whites in a bowl.
  • Dip each chicken cube in egg white and roll them with the almond-breadcrumb mixture ensuring that they are completely coated.
  • Arrange them on the greased baking tray. Keep the tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or till the chicken is completely done.
  • Check it when the crust turns a light brown and you get a mild aroma of roasted almonds.
American Corn on the Cob

American Corn on the Cob

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Rice

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob

Any time snack – flavourful and piquant corn on the cob can be enjoyed especially during monsoon

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cobs, boiled 2
  • Butter 2 tbsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Orange zest (narangi ka chilka), grated 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest (nimbu ka chilka), grated ¼ tsp
  • Lime zest, grated ¼ tsp

Methods

  • Take butter, cinnamon powder, salt, orange zest, lemon zest and lime zest in a bowl and mix well.
  • Roast corn directly on flame, rotating it so that they are evenly roasted all around.
  • Brush the butter mixture evenly all over and serve.
Apple Yogurt Slush

Apple Yogurt Slush

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Rice

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Apple
  • Hung yogurt

Apples and hung yogurt blended together to make a delicious slush

Health Tips:

Low fat yogurt

Ingredients

  • Apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes 2 cups
  • Hung yogurt (chakka) 1 cup
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Nutmeg, grated 1 tsp
  • Sugar ½ cup
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder ½ tsp
  • Ice cubes 10

Methods

  • Pour lemon juice over apples to prevent them from turning black. Put apples, hung yogurt, nutmeg powder, sugar, cinnamon powder and ice cubes in a mixer jar and blend till smooth.
  • Pour into serving glasses and serve chilled.
Flavoured Popcorn

Flavoured Popcorn

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Rice

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Dried corn kernels

A tub full of these flavoured popcorn will help you enjoy a film that much more

Ingredients

  • Dried corn kernels ½ cups
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Butter 1 tbsp
  • Onion powder ½ tsp
  • Garlic powder ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Black pepper powder ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar ½ cup
  • Jaggery (gur), grated 1 cup

Methods

  • To make popcorn, put ½ cup of corn in a pressure cooker, add 1 tbsp of oil, mix and keep the cooker on high heat. Cover with lid but do not lock cooker. The corn will start popping and once it stops popping it is ready.
  • To make a spice mix, heat 1 tbsp of butter in a non-stick pan. Add onion powder, garlic powder, red chilli powder, pepper powder and salt and mix well for 1-2 minutes. (You may add ½ tsp lemon juice if you like).
  • For the caramel flavour, melt sugar and jaggery in a non-stick pan for 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally so that the mixture does not burn and melts evenly. Once it turns brown it is caramelized.
  • Put half the popcorn in one bowl, pour hot caramel, toss well and serve. Put the remaining popcorn in another bowl, re-heat spice mix if cool and then pour over the popcorn. Mix it well and serve.
Vegetable Sausages

Vegetable Sausages

Prep: 8-9 hours

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Rice

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Garbanzo beans and red kidney beans

Made especially for the vegetarians, these sausages are simply superb

Ingredients

  • Garbanzo beans (kabuli chana), soaked overnight and cooked 1 cup
  • Red kidney beans (rajma), soaked overnight and cooked 1 cup
  • Dried sage (optiona) ½ tsp
  • Dried oregano ½ tsp
  • Red chilli flakes ½ tsp
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped ½ tsp
  • Butter 1 tbsp
  • Whole wheat flour 2-3 tbsps + to dust
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Milk 2 to 3 tbsps
  • Cornflour 2 to 3 tbsps
  • Hot dog buns 4
  • Tomato sauce as required
  • as required

Methods

  • Put garbanzo beans, kidney beans, dried sage, oregano, chilli flakes, mint leaves and butter in a mixer jar and grind into a slightly coarse paste. Transfer it into a large bowl, add whole wheat flour and salt and mix well.
  • Dust the worktop with a little wheat flour. Grease your hands, take 2 tbsps of mixture and roll it on the worktop into a round long cylinder resembling a sausage (6-7 inches).
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Take milk in small bowl and cornflour in a plate.
  • First dip the cylinders in milk, coat with cornflour place them in the pan and shallow-fry, rotating the cylinders, for 5-6 minutes or till they are evenly golden all around. Drain onto absorbent paper.
  • Halve the hot dog buns, spread tomato sauce and mustard sauce on both halves, place veg sausages inside and arrange them on a serving platter. Serve immediately.