26 March 2012

Friday Night Veggie Indian Feast...

...so now I have finally posted all the recipes from last Friday's Veggie Indian Feast...The menu was...
...Although the Torte and ice-cream got bumped to Saturday in the end as we were too full, it was too late and to be honest, I couldn't be bothered to bake the torte on Friday!!! Oh, and the homemade pizzas on Saturday were for the 4 smallish people!!! We had the Pasta Bake, that will be posted later on...


If you missed any of the Indian food posts you can find them here...


1 - Paneer and Spice Fritters
2 - Pea and Potato Samosas
3 - Cucumber and Mint Raita
4 - Saag Paneer
5 - Chickpea Curry
6 - Pilau Rice...this one is just below...


I Don't really have a formal recipe for this, but I will share with you how I cook my Pilau Rice...
Serves: 6 ish...or in this case, 4 and leftovers!!
Prep time: 5 mins plus 30mins soaking time
Cooking time: 5mins ish...
Ok, so I start by rinsing about 12oz of basmati rice in cold water...I rinse a couple of times to get most of the dust and starch out...then to the pan of now wet (but drained) rice I will add about 1/2tsp turmeric, 1tsp garam masala, 1tsp chilli powder, 4 split green cardamom pods, 2 crushed cloves of garlic and about and inch of peeled, grated fresh ginger...give it a stir and leave until about 30  mins before you want to cook it...
About 30 mins before you are going to cook it, add enough cold water to the pan to cover with about 2inches extra water...leave to soak for about 30 mins...
Once 30mins is up add a little salt and bring to the boil...turn down and simmer for about 4 mins, testing after 3mins...we like ours firm, not raw!!! But with a bite to it...there is nothing worse than soggy rice!!! Once cooked to your liking, drain and serve!!
I'm sorry there are no photos to show how great this rice turns out...maybe next time I cook it I will post some!
Oh, one more thing, I also use this rice to make veggie pilau, for that one I stir fry some veg of choice...leeks, broccoli, cauli, peppers, mushrooms, peas...and add drained cooled rice to pan, mix and reheat...for that you only need about 9oz rice to start...that will feed four and give leftovers!!

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