South, Indian rice recipes are a must. Most Southerners would feel
cheated if they did not have an rice dish to complete the meal. Basmati
rice is most commonly used for these dishes. Regardless of the type of
rice used, it is always important to pick through the rice well,
looking for impurities like small stones or plant parts. For any rice
dish it is also important to wash the rice well since there is always
some loose starch on it from the milling process.
South India, rice recipes are rarely plain! Although rice dishes are
present at virtually every meal, there are almost always some
interesting ingredients in them. Some of the common variations are
Black Pepper Rice, Curd Rice, Tamarind Rice, and even in simple rice
dishes there is an ingredient like mustard seeds, fenugreek or some
dal. It is also very common to serve curds along with the rice as a
standard accompaniment. Or you can serve the rice with Podis, or
flavored powders mixed with oil. This practically makes it's own meal!
For special occasions, a pulao or pilau rice dish would be made, and
you will be able to see some on this web site. The Pulao dishes have a
variety of vegetables, spices and sometimes meat in them. To get you
started, here is a basic southern Indian rice recipe with mustard
2 cups long
grain rice (preferably Basmati)
1/4 cup ghee or
mustard seeds (the black kind found in Indian stores)
3 1/2 cups water
through and wash the rice. In a large sauce pan(I prefer a 3 quart
size) heat the ghee and add the mustard and fenugreek seeds until they
splutter. This seasons the oil and brings out the flavor of the
seasonings. Add the rice and coat in the oil. Add the water and salt
and bring to a boil. Once the rice boils, reduce the heat to medium low
and cover, taking care not to let it boil over. Let it cook for about
20 minutes or until it is fully cooked.
curds or with a Podi (spice powder mixture with ghee).
Note: If you
like yellow rice, add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon turmeric to the recipe
when you add the rice.
is another rice recipe:
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