Pudina or Mint is God’s gift to mankind – its green, it smells like a beautiful dream, it tastes like heaven, it adds a flavour to anything and its perennially available. According to the Wikipedia, Mint is a diuretic, its good for your digestion and it whitens teeth. So its like this super efficient smart leaf with a zillion desirable qualities rolled into one.
Kalanda Sadam (literally Mixed Rice) is the Maami brigade’s gift for people like me who scratch their heads each time they need to fix a meal. Make the perfect pot of rice, put together a few simple ingredients, mix and you’re done.
- Rice – 1/2 cup
- Pudina Leaves – 1 cup (washed and tightly packed)
- Onion – 1 (fine chopped)
- Green Chilly – 1 (seeds removed and cut into long strips)
- Peanuts – 1/4 cup (or more if you like)
- Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
- Hing – a pinch
- Salt to taste
- Oil – 2 tsp
- Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 1 tsp
- Cook the rice in a pressure cooker. Each grain of rice must be separate.
- In a pot, heat some oil, add the mustard seeds and channa dal.
- Add green chilly and onions and saute till onions turn translucent.
- Add the pudina/ mint leaves, turmeric, hing and salt. Saute till the leaves are cooked and water content is reduced. Take off from heat.
- Add Ghee to the Rice. Toast peanuts in a microwave for 1minute or so.
- Add Rice and toasted peanuts to the Pudina/Mint saute in the pot. Mix well using a flat ladle (thuduppu in Tamizh). Be careful not to mash or break any rice.
Transfer to a serving dish. Serve hot with Raita or Curd.
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