Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sautéed Rice ~ Tiragamatha Annam!

Coming to the menu I had yesterday, we had this rice which is most like the regular Ghee rice that I make, except that tomatoes are included to make it more bland and gooey and little more spices to spice it up! Hubby dear was insistent that I have something planned for myself. This was good on its own, though if you have time on hand, one can make the usual kurmas.

Making rice dishes like this is such a comfort. If you are not in a mood for anything, all you need is to add the regular rice and some spices and voila, you have a plate of yummy rice simmering with spices and teasing aroma sneaking out of the hot box. Making one pot dish, always reminds me of the various other occasions that I have experienced this. When we land in our native place, my aunts and uncles would venture out to make this type of rice as there will be one too many for the lunch! Imagine cooking for all of them, would be easily around 30 of us. So coming up with a main dish as based on rice would be the solution to all. Since all of them would anyways be non-veg, they will make the typical mutton pulusu or mutton gravy. For special people in the list, some mutton roast along with some rice of this type.

To my knowledge, they always used the regular rice. Never basmati as we normally think of making a pulao. And I was always amazed how even the regular rice tastes so great when they make this rice variety! They call this as simple tirabathu annam or sautéed Rice.All this requires is the simplest ingredients and you are set to get a wonderful rice dish ready! We were very pleased that even the twins loved this for their lunch!

Ingredients Needed

Rice (Sona Masuri) - 1 cup
Onions - 1 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 4 long
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Cinnamon - 2 "
Bay leaf - 1
Cloves - 4
Cardamom - 3 pods
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 2 & 1/2 cups

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak rice for 15 mins. Since this is regular rice, soaking for a good amount gets you a good texture.

Heat a pressure cooker, add oil and ghee. When its hot, add the spices along with the bay leaf. Then sauté the onion juliennes, till they are pink. Then add the ginger garlic paste and sauté till the while mixture is browned.

Then add the slit green chilies. and tomatoes. Add salt so that tomatoes get mushy. Then drain the rice and sauté for 2 mins in high.

Then add the water. Cover with lid and put for 3 whistles or how many ever it takes for you to get your rice cooked. We normally put it for 3 whistles.

This is great on its own as its mildly flavoured, yet quite spicy because of the chilies and spices. Goes well with any non -veg dishes or Veg kurmas.

Enjoy!

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20 comments :

kamala said...

Adding tomatoes might give a special taste in Rice..Will try this soon.

Happy cook said...

I do miss the time when one went to family home and there was a big crowd. Nieces,Cousins and aunts etc....
Here when i tell my friends that can't imagine a whole bunch of ppl comming un announced.
Hi hi I have Sona rice here now.
When my sister came she didn't like to eat Basmati rice so we drove almost 40 km to a Indian/Pakistan shop were we found this rice.

Sunshinemom said...

I know that rice tastes good, as mummy used to make it when dad used to go on tours..it saves the labour of going about a sabzi! We always called it Baayamma upma:)

Jaya said...

This Plate is making me hungry ,mutton curry looks so mouth-watering (we also add potatoes in mutton curry )..
simply great ..
Hugs and smiles
Jaya

Sangeeth said...

more than ur rice the side dishes looks yummy!....thanks for sharing such an easy recipe for the rice....i think now i;ll be doing t his recipe more than twice a week....easy huh!:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a nice recipe. We in our home call this as plain pulav with some mint leaves on them. My fav.

ranji said...

hey sri..the platter is delcious...looks great indeed..loved it.but ofcourse i will to use chicken instead of mutton :)

bhags said...

rice preparations are always a comfort food with minimal work....that plate looks very inviting, only i dont eat mutton

Kalai said...

I love this. We make a very similar version at home sometimes with a handful of peas. So simple, but so versatile! :)

Madhavi said...

Love th taste of masoori rice, lovely rice recipe !!!!

A-kay said...

Reminds me of Jeera ric (with ghee :) ) - with some basic sabji, this is just divine. Thanks for sharing with us.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Thats some lovely aromatic rice you have cooked Srivalli..These versions are completely new to me..will try them out sometime!!

lakshmi said...

i love this rice - i can sense the taste in my mouth right now :)

Seema said...

Thats a nice one.. adding tomatoes will bring out a different flavour.. any side dish will go yum yum with this!!

Andhra Flavors said...

tiragamatha annam looks tempting with tomato.

Andhra Flavors said...

srivalli,
moth beans ni telugu lo emantaro telusaa? please teliste chebutaraa?

Suma Rajesh said...

ur thali looks gr8t...

sireesha said...

I know that this rice tastes good, as I ofetnly makes it when I feel lazy to cook.Its my Favorite.Ur plate looks inviting........

Arundathi said...

Valli - this rice looks delicious - must be very good with the veggie kurma!

Swati Raman Garg said...

what a spread....
even i miss such times...

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