Gongura Fried Rice ~ Rice Mela!

Its fun to see how little ones pick up words. Peddu says "Mana" for No and Chinnu says Nana or Vana for No. This is their standard response for any query you pose them. Be it calling them for a bath or eating, their immediate response would be either Maana or Naana, with their heads shaking to show no. Peddu is picking up words much faster and he typically says with his own slang. Last evening, Konda was watching Mr. Beans and hubby dear was standing carrying him. He was literally laughing aloud, as if he understood what was shown.

Coming to their eating habits, other than their regular food, they are ready to taste anything new. Peddu especially is willing to taste new things. Whereas Chinnu backs off. But this one particular food, was something both of them loved the moment I gave them. As you might know, Gongura is something that's held very close to heart to us. I simply love the Gongura chutney that Amma makes. So when we had another bunch of leaves with us, we were wondering what new way to cook it. So this rice dish came upon. After it was ready, I was about to taste when both the twins came running, asking for a feed. I was hesitant but they won't let me go. So had to give them a sampling. But they liked it so much that they wanted it again until it was all over. Of course, it was just a small sample I did the first time. This rice dish is something that's spicy, tangy and all exciting all together! Not to mention, it can be prepared in jiffy!

Ingredients Needed:

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Gongura leaves - 1 cup
Onions - 1 medium
Curry leaves - 5
Mustard Seeds + Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Bengal Gram - 1/2 tsp
Cashew Nus - 5 Whole
Turmeric powder a pinch
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies - 4
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Lemon Juice - half

Method to prepare:

Wash Sorrel Leaves/ gongura well. Allow to drain well. Chop onions and have other things ready.

If you have cooked Rice, this is the best way to make use of it. Else cook rice in the usual way. The rice should not be soggy but as separate grains. More like you do for Fried rice.

Heat a pan with oil. Splutter mustard, urad dal and cashew nuts. Then add curry leaves and bengal gram. When they turn colour a little, add the onions and Red Chillis and sauté till its well done.

Then squeeze the sorrel leaves again for excess water and add to the pan. Fry till the leaves are well cooked. Then add the chilli powder and salt.

When everything is well mixed, finally add the cooked rice. Combine everything well together.

Finally add the lemon juice and mix well.

Simple Gongura Fried Rice is ready!

Well this goes to my Rice Mela!

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