Sunday, 17 January 2016

Brinjal Rice - Kathirikai Sadam

Brinjal Rice - Kathirikai Sadam, this is one of my favorite rice dish. This rice is made with a slight biriyani touch. If you guys like biriyani, then definitely you will like this rice as well. This is not vaangi baath recipe, it is just a brinjal rice. People often confuse with brinjal rice and vaangi baath. Not all brinjal rice is a vaangi baath. Because, for vaangi baath we need to prepare a special spice powder which will give a unique taste to the rice. I will post the vaangi baath recipe when I do it next time. For now, cook and enjoy this brinjal rice.

Rice - 1/2 Kg
Brinjal - 1/4 Kg
Shallots - 100 gm
Tomato (Medium Size) - 3 No.
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp.
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch piece
Cardamom - 2 No.
Cloves - 2 No.
Bay Leaves - 1 No.
Chili Powder - 3/4 tsp.
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Tamarind - 1/2 lemon size
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Curry Leaves - 2 String
Chopped Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp.
Ghee - 1 tsp.
Oil - 2 tbsp.
Salt to taste

1. Keep all the ingredients ready for cooking.
a. Soak the rice in water for minimum half an hour. 
b. Slice the shallots length wise. 
c. Finely chop the tomatoes. 
d. Cut the brinjals lengthwise and  drop it in a salt & turmeric water to avoid darkening of the vegetable. 
e. Soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes and extract its pulp. 
f. Crush the cinnamon sticks, cloves and cardamoms to a coarse powder.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds sizzle, add the coarsely ground whole spice powder.
3. Add the bay leaves and curry leaves and saute for few seconds. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.
4. Add the sliced shallots and saute till it turns transparent. Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes become soft.
5. Add the brinjals and mix it. Cook for 2 minute on a medium flame.
6. Add chili powder, turmeric powder and slat. Mix well and cook for a minute.
7. Add in the tamarind pulp and mix it well. Measure and add water. Mix well. 
Note: Rice - Water Ratio : 1 Cup Rice - 1.5 Cup of Water.
8. All the water to boil. Drain the water from soaked rice and add it to the pressure cooker. 
9. Give the rice a nice mix with the brinjal masala. Close the pressure cooker and cook it for 3 whistles.
10. Wait till the pressure is completely released. Open the pressure cooker and add a teaspoon of ghee and chopped coriander leaves.
11. Mix the rice gently. Transfer it to a serving bowl.

Yummy and tasty brinjal rice is ready to serve. Serve with applam or raita. Even pickle goes well with this rice.

1. We can use any rice for this dish like normal boiled rice or basmati or seeraga samba etc.
2. If you did not soak the rice for half an hour, you can increase the water ratio to 1.75 Cups to 1 Cup of rice.
3. Adjust the spices to your preference.
4. You can also cut the brinjals to a smaller sized pieces.

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