My Special platter with concoction of pleasing elements was the lone thing comforting past week ,which has been a roller coaster of emotions.Was anxious and excited to begin with, about our move to Columbus OH ,busy with packing and cleaning up ,then the frightening halt to our motives with Nabeel's wrist bone fracture, from a terrible fall off the monkey bars.Now we patiently wait until my buddy boy recovers from the injury,ain't going to be much fun for him,with an end to all summers adventures.
About the dish that comforted us,comes from the Spicy South Indian Cuisine.What makes this dish so flavorful is the fresh home made spice mix,of course you do have the option of using a store bought help and buy the MTR Sambhar mix available in all Indian stores, but making the dish from the scratch imparts intense spicy flavors that's worth all the effort.
This was my first attempt in making BBB,so I had to refer some expert recipes of - Madhu,Sia and Madhuram.I used Brown rice and wild rice blend instead of plain white to add a little more protein and fiber.Though it was little too spicy for Nabeel,but me and hubby dear devoured every bite of the spicy meal.
Recipe :Roasted Spice mix
Yields about 1/2 a cup (about 4 ounces\100 grams)
2 tablespoon Chana Dal(split chickpeas)[see the lentil collage]
3 tablespoon Urad dal(Split black gram)
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds(methi)
1 teaspoon pepper corns(Whole Kali mirchi)
1 cinnamon stick(about 3 inches)
4-6 Dry red chillies
1 teaspoon cumin seeds(Zeera)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup Organic unsweetened desiccated Coconut
Dry roast all the spices and lentils(except for turmeric and coconut) in a pan on medium-low heat .Stir occasionally.When the lentils get a light brown color and are roasted well.Cool and grind along with turmeric and coconut in a coffee grinder or a heavy duty grinder(like Sumeet).Use the mix for making the Hot lentil rice,can also be used in curries and to make Sambhar.Store in an air tight container for 2-3 months.
Recipe Bise Bele Bhath(Hot Lentil Rice)
1 1/2 cups Rice (I used blend of Brown rice and wild rice)
1/2 cup Toor Dal(split pigeon peas)
1 big carrot,peeled and sliced
1/2 cup green peas(I used baby soy beans)
1 cup Cauliflower or broccoli,chopped
1/2 cup french beans
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 teaspoon Tamarind paste(if using dry Tamarind soak about a walnut size ball in 1/2 cup of water for 15 minutes,strain the pulp and use the juice)
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1 table spoon of roasted Spice mix(as prepared in above recipe) or use store bought Sambar spice mix available in Asian\Indian stores
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup roasted nuts ( I used Pistachios)
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil or Extra virgin olive oil
few curry leaves
Cook Rice and lentils
Soak the rice and lentils in water for 10-15 minutes.Drain the water,transfer in a saucepan with lid or pressure cooker.Add about 3 cups of water ,1/2 teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.Cover and cook for about 40-45 minutes in the sauce pan and about 15-20 minutes in the pressure cooker on medium heat.
Cook the Vegetables
Heat the oil in saucepan on medium heat,add the onions and curry leaves; Saute for about 3-4 minutes then add rest of the vegetables,spice mix,and salt.Cover and cook until vegetables are tender,then add the tamarind paste with 1/2 cup of water or tamarind juice,simmer for another 3-4 minutes before mixing in the cooked rice and lentils.Cook on low heat for about 5 minutes until flavors fuse.The consistency should be little thick but not too runny.Garnish with nuts and serve in a deep soup plate or a bowl along with some home made yogurt(curd).
The plate of comfort is my entry for Lakshmi's RCI event,hosting Udupi and Mangalorean Cuisine ,this month is Sia of Monsoon Spice.
And also to Sunshinemom's Food in Colors,hosting this month's "Express your mood" theme is Nithya of Culinary Odyssey
Calories per serving 200
Carbohydrates 35grams Fat 12.5grams Cholesterol 0mg sodium 900mg
sugar 9grams Protein 19grams Dietary Fiber 16grams.
Health Nut note :
The sugar in the recipe is mainly from Tamarind,if you are on low-sugar diet,use 2 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lime juice instead.