Those of you who read my other blog know that the last 6 weeks have been pretty stressful for K and me…..amidst the bedlam there’s little time to think of something nice and indulgent…..and something that can make an appearance on this blog is currently just the stuff my wild fantasies are made up of….. yet we have to feed ourselves and i try and finish using the kitchen before the army of carpenters arrives…..its pretty crazy to do anything when they’re banging, drilling, hammering and sawing away……but i am overjoyed that all of this will soon be over….and K will finally get his much dreamt of Library….its almost too much excitement to take…
Commenting on my post “potatoes and carrot with leeks and dill”, Vaishali suggested stirring dill leaves into rice, I put it down in my memory bank to try sometime……this afternoon, both of us were busy being omnipresent…..the last minute finishing means that we’re being called atleast once every 5 minutes …. i think i am getting a great workout in the bargain…. it also means that i got hardly anytime to even think of food…..when the army of workers took a break for lunch is when i realised we were ravenous too….my fix for all such emergencies, which still call for something substantial and filling, is a one pot dish….
pulav, khichri or sambhar rice is usually the answer to my frayed nerves and hungry stomach….i knew i had some cut green beans in the fridge and i decided that beans pulav it would be, when i opened the fridge i spotted a bunch of Dill, looking lost and quickly losing its colour….. it was then i remembered Vaishali’s suggestion….and Oh boy!! it really did make me do a merry dance as i waited for the pressure in the cooker to reduce before i could open it…..the aroma was unbelieveable….paired with a simple raita, this lunch was savoured and gone in less time than it took to make it!!
when the guys came back from their lunch break 30 minutes later, there was no trace of anything remotely resembling lunch having been cooked and eaten….except of course the tantalising aroma that the pulav long gone had left wafting in the air…..
Beans and Potato Pulav with Dill – serves 2 really hungry people
2 c basmati rice, washed and drained
2 T onion, finely sliced
2 T cluster/green beans, chopped
1 medium potato, chopped (i cut it into fingers)
1/2 c dill leaves, cleaned, washed and chopped
2 green chillies slit
2 cloves, 2 sticks of cinnamon (1 inch), 2 pods of green cardamom and one star anise
1/2 t ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
1 T oil
3 c water
In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and put in the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and star anise. after a few seconds, put in the sliced onion and green chillies and fry till the onion is beginning to turn brown. add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. add the salt, potatoes, beans and dill leaves and stir fry till well coated. put in the washed and drained rice and stir fry gently for a minute till it is well coated with the rest of the ingredients. add the water, check seasonings, put the lid on and cook on full pressure for one whistle. turn off the heat and wait for the pressure to be released to open. gently fluff the rice. Serve hot with raita and pickle.
If not using a pressure cooker, follow the same method in a heavy bottomed open pot and cover to cook after the rice has been added, till the rice is cooked and fluffy. you will need to check it a couple of times and adjust the amount of water used.
for the raita
1 c yogurt, beaten to break up all the lumps ( i used low fat home made)
salt to taste
2 T onion, chopped fine
1/2 c tomato chopped small
1 c cucumber, peeled, deseeded and chopped small
1 green chilly slit and deseeded
mix together all the ingredients, add the salt and chill till ready to serve.