There are some things that really make you feel ooooh so nice n comforted. Yes, I am talking about comfort foods. Though many may agree on the same stuff, there might be some who differ in their opinion, n they may have something on their mind, which is comfortable to them, but it wont have the same affect on others.
The list would be long, if you are asked to list your comfort foods……I mean, really, really long, coz for me there are many things on mine, which really give me that safe n secure feeling. A lot would also depend on my mood, the weather, a memory………
On days when you are rushed, n yet you dont want to have dinner packed from outside, or eat at a Restaurant, but you really dont have the energy to slog in the kitchen, n ready to cook is not for you, then what do you do – well, you want something that comforts you. My favorite, all time comforter is my versatile Biriyani….I mean, I really love the thought of settling down with some hot Veggie Biriyani, a bowl of thick creamy curd, some pickle n some paapad……..heaven on a plate – isint it?? N the best part – the part that I soooooo love – you dont have to knead the dough for the chappatis, or even roll them – hurrayyyyy. Just a little bit of this, n a little bit of that ……..n wait for the whistle of the cooker – n you open to a kitchen filled with aroma n a cooker full of goodness.
Here goes my recipe
2 glasses of good quality basmati rice
2 bay leaves
1 inc pc of cinnamon
3 pods of cardamom
5-10 black pepper (optional)
4 big onions
2 handfuls of peas
3 big carrots – chopped finely
a handful of corn kernels
4 tspn of oil
1/4 tspn – garam masala powder (optional)
1 tbspn of butter / ghee (enhances the taste factor)
Wash n soak the rice. If you dont have much time you can just soak till the time you are doing the preparation. I cry a lot when I cut onions, so I generally have a few onions peeled & cold in the refigerator. This ensures that I dont cry when I am cutting them, n they are chopped very easily (Tip of the day)
Slice the onions thin
In the cooker heat the oil & add the bay leaves, then add the spices & stir till you get a nice aroma. It will be nice if you just crush them a weee bit.
Add the onions & saute them till a nice golden-pink colour (add a pinch of sugar while sauteeing them)
Drain the rice & add into the cooker & add all the rest of the veggies into it.
On high flame fry all the things together for about 2/3 mins.
Add the butter / ghee
Add salt & garam masala powder
Add 2-1/4 glasses of water. If you are unable to soak the rice for more than 20 mins, then add 2-3/4 glasses of water. If you dont want to use the cooker then add double the quantity of water to your rice & cook with a closed lid (stirring in between).
Stir well & wait for just one whistle
Have patience till the steam passes. You can make the raita & roast the pappads & arrange the plates till that time.
Open the cooker & be comforted !!
I really love this one. N my preference is to eat this with my hands (no spoons etc) n without anything to go by.
Girls, as an after-thought, I am sending my entry to lovely MEETA of What’s for Lunch Honey’s Monthly Mingle Event.
Hope she will accept my entry.