Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)
1 cup or 200 gms basmati rice,
8 cashew nuts or peanuts, broken
1/4 tsp turmeric powder,
1/2 tsp rai(mustard seeds),
1/2 tsp methi dana(fenugreek seeds),
1 tsp channa dal(gram),
8-10 curry leaves,
1 green chilli, finely chopped,
1 tsp fresh grated coconut,
Salt to taste,
Juice of 1 lemon,
3 tsp oil,
Fresh coconut, grated – for garnishing.
Wash the rice in fresh water and soak in some water for half an hour.
In a deep pan, boil around 2 cups of water(almost double the quantity of rice depending upon the type of rice). When water boils add rice, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well and cover with a lid. It should take around 8-10 minutes to cook rice, uncover and keep checking. Turn off the flame, remove the rice and spread in a flat dish or plate to cool and dry. Leave for 30 minutes.
In a wok or frying pan, heat the oil. rai(mustard seeds) and methi dana(fenugreek seeds) and channa dal(grams), cashew nuts, green chillies and curry leaves and fry for a minute, then add lemon juice. Add the cooked rice and stir well but lightly and carefully with a flat spatula so that the grains of rice do not break. Garnish with fresh coconut.