Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mavinkai chithranna ...Tangy raw mango rice

March -April being the months of so many festivals and it also brings so many yummy fruits...specially Mango and jackfruit.. I really look forward to it all year long. Being a religious and traditional family,i like to celebrate almost all the Hindu festival and it starts with Ugadi. Ugadi marks the beginning of New Year. I start my preparations few days before the festival,like buying new cloths and cleaning of the entire house including all the nooks and corners of the house. Apart from the sweets ,celebration and grandiose, one thing we don't miss is to pray together for the well being of our family and also to thank god for his blessings on our family.
Today i am here with a typical brahmin dish that they make during this Ugadi festival along with sweets,salads,some deep fried dishes ambode,podi and different side dishes..mavinakkayi chithranna/Raw mango rice,prepared from  grated raw mango and coconut paste/chutney.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
For the rice:
  • 2 cups Basmathi Rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
For the mango chutney:
  • 1 Big sized raw mango/mavinkkai,grated
  • 1/4 cup Freshly grated coconut
  • 5-6 Green chillies
  • 1tsp Cumin/Jeera
  • 1/2tsp Pepper
For the tempering: 
  • 1tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1tbsp Peanuts/shenga
  • 2spring Curry leaves 
  • 1/2tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 Dried whole red chillies,cut into bits
  • 1tsp Split Black gram/urad dal
  •  1/4tsp turmeric 
  • 1tbsp Ghee or oil of your choice
Cooking Directions
  1. Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes,
  2. Take a pan,add 4 cups of water to boil and add rice and little salt, when the water comes to boil,stirring occasionally . Lower the heat,cover the vessel and simmer for 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed and all the grains are fluffy.
  3. Remove from the heat and stand covered for 10 minutes.
  4. Now prepare the raw mango chutney by grinding all the chutney ingredients to semi coarse paste without any water.
  5. Now take a big kadai/wok,heat ghee or oil of your choice,add mustard,let it crackle then add urad dal ,peanuts followed by red chilly bits ,some curry leaves ,asafoetida and turmeric
  6. Now add the mango chutney paste and salt to taste mix it well and saute till the raw smell goes off.
  7. Add all the cooked rice and mix it well with the masala,cover it with a lid and cook on low flame for 10-12 minutes and its ready to taste!


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