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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

CLICK - Coffee/Tea Event & Mentha (Mint/Puthina) Rice (Microwave cooking)

July's concept is Coffee and Tea for the CLICK event, hosted by Jugalbandi.


My entry for the event :


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Now over to today's recipe, Mentha Rice ...........

Mint is a wonderful herb, with a pleasant odour. It is widely used in cooking, chewing gums, breath freshners, drinks, medicines, toothpastes, insectisides, etc. If it is taken with warm water, it completely cools the body and improves digestion.

I was browsing for Mint recipes, and found this in
Pachakam.com. After minor changes, I prepared this recipe.



Ingredients:
Rice - 2 cups
Mint leaves - 2 cups
Onions - 2, cut into pieces, lengthwise
Green chillies - 4-5
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cashew nuts - 10
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Black gram (Urad Dal / Uzhunthu) - 1/2 tablespoon
Split chickpeas (Kadalai paruppu/Channa dal) - 1/2 tablespoon
Curry leaves - few
Tamarind - a small lemon size
Ghee - 1 tablespoon
Oil - 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste

Method:
Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of water and extract juice. Wash mint leaves and drain water.

Heat pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once it is hot, add mint leaves and green chillies and fry until raw smell goes off. Switch off the flame and allow it cool.

Once it is cool, grind it with coconut, cumin seeds, tamarind extract to a fine paste. Sprinkle little water if needed.

Heat ghee in a pan. Fry cashew nuts in it and keep aside. Add remaining oil to it. Once it is hot, add mustard seeds and allow it splitter.

Add urad dal, split chickpeas, curry leaves and onions and fry for few minutes, until onions turn pale.

Meanwhile, wash rice and transfer it to microwave container. Add fried onions, grinded mint paste, salt to taste and 4 cups of water.

Mix well and cook it in microwave for 20 minutes.

Once it is done, garnish with cashew nuts and serve hot.


Cooking time : 30 minutes
Serves 3-4 persons





Sending this recipe to Herb Mania - Mint event hosted by Ammaluskitchen.

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And, reposting Mango Milkshake & Fruit Stiks recipes for WYF Juices and Icecreams event hosted by Easycrafts.



Click here for Mango Milkshake recipe.



Click here for Fruit Stiks recipe.

25 Comments:

notyet100 said...

LOOKS DELICIOUS,..WHAT A COINCIDENCE...EVEN I AM GNG TO POST TODAY FOR CLICK,..NICE ENTRY...FOR ALL THE EVENT...I WONDERED WHEN UR POST APPEARED EARLY ON SUNDAY..NOW I KNW THE REASON,,,HAPPY BLOGGIN..

Priti said...

Hey cool pics...loved the coffee bean pic...so vibrant colour.
Mentha Rice looks so yummy (and not to mention my fruit stik is still pending ;p)

Roma said...

Awesome shot of coffee beans!

Illatharasi said...

Thanks Priyanka for the immediate comments :) its so encouraging:)

Thanks Priti, this time you try fruit stiks yourselves, I will come and taste it ;)

Thanks Roma for your comments. DO visit often:)

Priti said...

Very Smart !! But it doesn't works here ;p

sowmya said...

click is beautiful..pudina rice looks delicious..bit dfferent fron what i make..

SriLekha said...

wow..nice entries and nice pics...

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

the coffee bean picture looks lovely .. loved mint rice too .. looking at those fruit sticks reminds me of those childhood days .. very tempting

SriLekha said...

hope u tried bfore few minutes to change the look of ur blog.. that too looked good... coffee click entry is nice vani...

i want ur fruit sticks! when can i have it

Srivalli said...

bean shot looks great!..

தமிழினி..... said...

actually i was drafting it vani...now i have published it...u can go to blg and check out for the new post....lemme know ur comments as usual....

Medhaa said...

Love the picture.

Uma said...

delicious mint rice and beautiful click of coffee beans.

Laavanya said...

Your picture of the coffee beans is beautiful.

LG said...

Nice click of coffee beans. Rice looks good too.

Cham said...

I would love to have those sticks, they re great , love the click!

Madhavi said...

Awesome click and rice looks yummmmm, very nice recipe!!!

Suma Rajesh said...

luved all the pic...specially the coffee bean one...great job

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

all the entries are droolworthy, Vani!! the CLICK is exceptional!! :-)

Bhawana said...

this is great :). So many lovely entries for the events. Everything is looking perfect, delicious.

easycrafts said...

Lovely entries for all the events...thanks for participating

ranji said...

the click is simply awesome ..loved it:)..mint rice is one of my fav..love the aroma...mango sticks look so inviting as well..a welcome treat in the summer..good job :)

Vanamala said...

Loved all your recipes...

Gourment Cashew Nuts said...

Looks very tempting. Thanks for sharing your tasty recipe, I'm sure I'll try to cook some of these.

TBC said...

Love your CLICK entry. It is beautiful!