my brother. When we were kids, just to spite my brother and to my mom’s
ire, I always used to say no to dishes that he likes. My childhood was
not colourful at all, in sense that it used to be so boring as there
wasn’t anybody with whom I could fight. My brother used to readily give
me whatever I asked. So just for the heck of it, I used to pull a fight.
Even that never used to work out, as he always stops before it even
began. Imagine how hard it is for a kid to grow up, without fighting
with a sibling!
I see that to some extent with my kids
now. My kids don’t fight in the true sense of what I have read in
books. The typical sibling fights. I tell them about mine, keep
reminiscing about my childhood and how their Mama never fights. Best
part is, my kids seem to have inherited some of my brother’s habits,
words and mannerisms. And my parents get so excited when they observe
them doing it. Same happens with Athamma as well. She keeps remembering
how some things that Peddu does, reminds her of hubby dear in his
younger age. Guess parents just need something to remember their kids
Now getting back to the dish of the day,
this is a simple rice with peas, garnished with lots of cashews. Very
healthy and spicy as well to some extent. Try this and enjoy!
Basmati Rice – 2 cups
Onion, julienne – 1/2
Onion, minced – 1 & 1/2 medium
Green peas 1 cup, parboiled
Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies – 3 long
Mint Leaves – handful
Oil – 2 tbsp
Cashew nuts – 1/2 cup
Ghee 2 tbsp
Bay leaf – 1 long
Marati Mogga – 2 medium
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Anise Star – 1
Cloves – 2
Cinnamon – 1″
Cardamom – 2
Salt to taste
Wash and soak the basmati rice for 15 – 20 mins.
In a non stick pan, heat the oil, add all the whole spices and saute well.
Then add the onion julienne, chopped green chilies, mint leaves and saute well till the onions turn colour.
Next add the minced onions. ginger garlic paste and saute well till everything gets cooked.
Now add fresh peas and saute.
Add the drained rice and combine everything well.
Add 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Then simmer and cook with lid covered till the rice is cooked well.
Now roast the whole cashews in ghee and pour over the cooked rice and give it a stir.
Have you got your kids lunch box with a nutritious nuts and legume dish?..send it to me!