Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Brown Rice

Recipe No: 103
This is a very simple rice dish which has the flavor of Cumin. It’s easy to make but at the same time different from regular white rice with a slight flavor of Caramel and Cumin. This is a recipe from my Mother in Laws kitchen and is perfect for parties.
Ingredients                            Serves 5
  • Basmati Rice………….2 Cups
  • Water…………………...4 Cups
  • Oil…………………….....2 Tablespoons
  • Cumin Seeds………....1/2 Teaspoon
  • Sugar……………………3 Tablespoons
  • Salt……………………...3/4 Teaspoon or as per taste
  • Fried Onion……….....1/3 Cup (loosely packed)
Method of Preparation
  1. Wash the Rice and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep aside till ready to be used.
  2. Keep 4 Cups of water to boil while we do the other things.
  3. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat and add the Cumin Seeds; let it start to sizzle.
  4. Add Sugar and let it caramelize into amber colored Caramel.
  5. Add the Rice and stir for one minute.
  6. Add the boiled Water and Salt; mix well; close the pan and let it cook on minimum heat.
  7. When the Water level equals the Rice level spread the fried Onions on top. Close the pan and let it cook till the Rice is done and all the water is absorbed.
  8. Once cooked, mix well without breaking the Rice and serve hot.
  • To fry Onions, slice them and mix with a bit of Corn Starch (Just before frying) and deep fry in hot Oil till light brown. This will attain some more color as it cools.
  • If you don't like the taste of Cumin reduce its amount or just avoid it. Either way you will get a dish that taste good but slightly different.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


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