APPLE RICE - PERFECT FOR A POTLUCK

Hello everyone.I am back after a  short break. Last few weeks have been really hectic with the arrival of a little one in the family. While I am enjoying motherhood, getting adjusted with the new routine  has been on my top priority list and I am trying to get better and better at it everyday. 



The "Bundle of Joy" has bought in so much happiness to our family members that words can't express. Since our Little Princess arrived, the desire to do everything "right"  for her has put in lot of pressure (optimal though) on my husband and me as new parents that we are enjoying for sure. Being new Mom and Dad has definitely changed our lives for good. 




The new status gives us great pleasure and with this note I would like to share this  Apple Rice recipe which is very close to my husband's heart. The recipe source is from his aunt "Kamala Athai" whom he is very much attached to. 


The  principal flavour imparting agent in this recipe are the Granny Smith Apples or Green Apples. Green Apples are said to have originated from Australia and named after a cultivar named Granny Smith. The advent of this Apple is celebrated annually as the Granny Smith Festival in Australia. Click here to know more. Ok. Why GS? The reason being these are really crunchy, juicy and have a mild tart taste. The light green colour is inviting and blends well with the Southern spices when cooked. 

The  other ingredients can be easily sourced from your Kitchen and does not involve any elaborate vegetable chopping sessions. This Rice delight is perfect for a Potluck or ideal for a Kid's lunchbox. The speciality of this recipe is that it is so simple to prepare yet exotic to try and not too spicy. So, here we go.....

Preparation Time: 5 mins                     Cooking Time: 20 mins                       Serves: 4                     
Cuisine: Main course                                 Cooking Level : Easy                         Spice Level : Mild
         
Cuisine style : Indo-Western adapted to a South Indian style  


 Recipe Source: Kamala Athai

INGREDIENTS 
  • 2 cups of Basmathi / Sona Massuri/ or any long grained rice
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples cut into juliennes
  • a fistful of peanuts
  • a fistful of cashewnuts halved
  • 1/2 tsp Urad dhal
  • 1/2 tsp Channa dhal
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • a generous sprinkle of asafoetida
  • 3 to 4 Kashmiri red chillies
  • 1 tbsp Curry Masala powder/ any Masala powder ( optional)
  • 2 tbsp of desiccated /fresh grated coconut
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp of ghee
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of cooking oil
METHOD
  • Wash and pressure cook/ open cook the rice until the grains are well cooked and separated flowery enough. Spread it on a plate and set aside.
  • In a Kadai /pan heat 1 tsp of ghee and fry the peanuts and cashews until they turn golden. Keep this aside.
  • Heat oil in the same pan. Add Mustard seeds. When it crackles add Urad dhal, Channa dhal and Red Chillies and fry until fragrant and golden.
  • Now add the Apple juliennes and stir well. Sprinkle asafoetida. Add salt to taste and cook until the Apples soften. Sprinkle a dash of Masala powder now and give a stir.
  • Next add the desiccated/grated coconut and finally add the cooked rice in small batches and mix to combine well. Close the pan with a lid and cook for a minute or two.
  • Switch off and top it up with the roasted Cashew nuts and peanuts before serving.
  • Serve hot with Potato chips,  Appalam or any other crisps.



NOTES

  • The taste varies slightly when you use Basmathi instead of  raw rice.
  • You can saute and add some Onions and  ginger /garlic paste if you prefer the Pulao style. But I prefer to keep the Apple flavour dominant.

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  2. Wow Sowmi!!! "Apple rice" that sounds so new !!!... I wanna try this for sure!! will inbox u my experience soon....

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  3. Very different one. looks so yum :))

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  4. Happy Parenting!!!!Apple rice sounds interesting and tempting dear!!!

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  5. Congrats,Soumya..God bless u all esp the li'l princess..yummy tangy rice perfect to celebrate :)

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  6. I have never tried apple rice before. I would love to give it a try. :)

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    1. Thanks Ritu, do try and let me know how it turned out.

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  7. Congrats on the little bundle of joy... girls are always a light to the family... enjoy your time! The rice sounds different and delicious...

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  8. Healthy & different rice recipe.............surely try this.
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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Sowmya

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