Rice is one of the world’s most popular foods and is included in the daily diet of billions of people . It is one of the most versatile ingredients which could be jazzed up for any course of food . Although delicious on its own , it serves a base for an amazing range of taste , flavours and accompaniments . It surely is unbelievable to read about the countless varieties of rice available across the globe and each can be prepared in a number of ways .
For the month of April 2019 we were given the theme Biryani Pulao and Khichadi Festival . We were allowed to pick Rice or Any other whole grain . I chose to cook all Rice Recipes for this theme . Somehow I feel no other food is as versatile as rice . It is central to many of world’s greatest cuisines and can be used in a host of ways , both savoury and sweet .
I have worked around Rice Recipes through this month and have shared different techniques to cook basic rice in the first week . Basics of rice are important as they help us to move a step further and we move from technique to taste . In the following weeks I have shared Biryanis , Pulaos , Khichadis , being fair to the theme name Biryani Pulao Khichadi Festival . Here I have used the rice available in India and overseas .
I have shared some serving styles of rice too , moving on I have shared some international favourites where I have used rice varieties like Jasmine Rice , Bomba Rice , Wild Rice . I ended the series with some traditional sweet rice . These all recipes are compiled and put on this page for easy access .
These marathons are a fantastic way to learn and experiment new dishes and it gives me immense pleasure . This time we had about seventeen bloggers sharing their recipes and it sure was a learning curve . We have been doing these Marathons under the leadership of Valli .
Here are some of the previous ones that we have done with various interesting themes -.
April 2014 – A Re -cap of The Indian Food Odyssey……A Journey of 30 Indian States
September 2014 – Re Cap of Around the World in 30 Days
April 2015 – Re cap of Fire up Your Oven
September 2015 – Recap – Buffet on Table
April 2016 – A to Z , 26 Traditional Sindhi Sweets
September 2016 – The Sandwich Festival…over 40 Sandwiches ! – Recap of Cooking Carnival 2016
April 2017 – A – Z Baking Around the World – Re-cap,26 Egg less Cakes!
September 2017 – Protein Rich Recipes
April 2018 – Explore the Flavors – How to make 26 Lip Smacking Street Foods from India
September 2018 –Flatbreads and More – How to make 26 Indian Flatbreads
Week 1 Basic Cooking Methods for Rice
Cooking Perfect Rice with Absorption Method gives us fluffy rice where each grain is separate . This is one of the easiest methods of cooking rice on a stove top .
Cooking perfect rice for Biryani is rather tricky , but if you follow the correct method you will never go wrong .You will get each grain separate and the Biryani will turn out perfect
Kabuli Chana Kofta Biryani ( Recipe to follow soon )
Cooking rice in a rice cooker is one of the simplest ways to cook rice . If a 10 year old is guided even he / she can cook this basic rice . Cooking rice in a rice cooker gives you perfectly cooked rice – just perfect each grain separate , no lumps , no sticky rice .
Cooking rice in a pressure cooker is one of the fastest ways to cook rice . The rice is cooked within minutes and you have a wonderful steaming pot of rice to enjoy with your curries and dals .
Cooking perfect basmati rice in a microwave is really simple and it gives you well cooked rice where each grain of rice is separate . This is a quick method to cook rice.
Khichadi is a porridge kind of mish mash prepared with rice and lentils . Here rice can be replaced with other grains too . It is pure comfort food!
Week 2 Biryani & Pulao
Surati Undhiyu Biryani is a innovative biryani adapted from the famous Gujrati dish Undhiyu . Undhiyu is a mix vegetable curry prepared with winter vegetables which are locally grown in Gujrat .
Banarasi Tandoori Biryani is a smoky biryani made with flavourful tandoori vegetables and long grain Basmati rice .
Bharwan Mirch ki Biryani is a delicious and unique Rajasthani Biryani made with stuffed bhavnagari green chillies and some mixed vegetables.
Sindhi Thooma wara Chawara are rice which are cooked with fresh green garlic and chilly . These rice are very popular in Sindhi homes and are cooked in winters .
Achaari Paneer Pulao is a very flavourful Pulao which is a one pot meal with mild pickle flavour and chunks of marinated and grilled paneer cubes.
Nuts Pulao is a unique pulao which is prepared with spinach, nuts and farsaan . The pulao is protein rich , crunchy and delicious .
Week 3 Khichadis & Serving Styles of Rice
Mumbai Tawa Khichadi is a Khichadi made on a griddle , with precooked Khichadi and Vegetables, just the way the way Pav Bhaji is made . Served with a big dollop of butter the Khichadi is a wholesome and finger licking meal .
Vegetable Layered Khichadi is a mix of rice , lentils and vegetable cooked together in layers . The result is a delicious semi soft Khichadi .
A Khichadi Bowl is a comfort meal where the Khichadi is served in a bowl along with small portions of different dishes that are a perfect accompaniment to the Khichadi .
Stuffed Rice is a rice where the rice is stuffed with a curry and presented . It is the serving style which is unique .
Kulhad wale Rajma Chawal are the famous Punjabi Style cooked Rajma served with rice and accompaniments in a earthen pot called kulhad .
Rice and curry in Banana leaf packets are rice and curry packed in banana leaves , steamed and then served as a complete meal .
Week 4 Rice from Overseas
Cheesy Baked Rice with Vegetables is a fantastic baked one pot meal with rice , vegetables be’chamel sauce and cheese . It is a perfect winter treat .
Maklouba is a traditional Arabic rice which is flipped and served upside down . The rice is layered with meat and vegetables , though this is a vegetarian version .
Wild Rice with Grilled veggies is a earthy and rustic flavored meal which is nutritious as well as delicious . The rice is a mix of three colours.
Thai Coconut Curry Rice is a flavourful rice with a twist to the original Thai Fried Rice. The aromatic jasmine rice is cooked with the red curry paste and rich creamy coconut milk.
Spanish Paella Rice are rice prepared in a special pan called Paella . Paella is a Valencian word which refers to all pans in Valencian language .
Mujadara is a Arabic rice dish made with brown lentils and rice . The dish is topped with fried onions and garnished with pine nuts and mint.
Week 5 Sweet Rice
Sodanna is a basic white rice , sprinkled with ghee and granulated sugar . This is served by the Bohri community on special religious occasions .Adding rasmalai to it takes this rice to another level.
Mutanjan is a sweet colourful rice from Pakistan . It is a festive dessert rice which is served on auspicious occasions like weddings and Eid .
We now look forward to September 2019 for our next month long marathon !