If you have not been a boarder, I think, that you have truly missed out on one of the most exciting experiences. Being surrounded by friends, fun and frolic. There may be many of you who disagree with me. Anyway....your entitled to your own opinions:)
While I was studying for my graduation and was in hostel, I had a big, big gang of friends and we did everything from bunking classes , to pretending to be sick and scooting for movies, sitting late into the night playing cards and chatting away non-stop and much much more...... But, mind you, we did sober stuff which were harmless. No harm to anyone, including ourselves. None of us, ever flunked a paper nor did we do anything our parents didn't approve of. We were serious where we had to be and had fun whenever we had a chance. They were good days....
Well, hostel life was great, except when it came to the food part. We were served cold, horrible meals and our lunches included no other veggie other than yams and potatoes on a regular basis. Coming to the idlys......they were stone-hard, and we often joked that it could kill someone if it rolled off the table. It could have been for a fact, but, never tried to prove it :)
But, there was one dish which was unanimously loved..... tomato rice. Served with potato chips (not surprising, potato again), the combination was utterly enjoyable. It rice was tangy and spicy. This is my take on that tomato rice, but I've included a veggie as well. No not potato this time:) It's peas. And I'm avoiding the chips too( for everyones sake).
Enjoy the weekend everyone. And beware! Today is FRIDAY THE 13TH. Spooky...
Ingredients:( serves 3-4)
- Basmati rice - 1 cup ( or 4 cups cooked basmati rice )
- Vegatable oil - 2 tbspns
- Onion - 1 medium( chopped)
- Garlic - 2 cloves( finely chopped)
- Green chilli - 1
- Cumin seeds - 1 tspn
- Cloves - 2
- Cinnamon stick - 1
- Chilli powder - 1/2 tspn ( or to taste)
- Garam masala - 1/2 tspn
- Frozen peas - 1/2 cup (optional)
- Tomatoes (roma tomatoes) - 5
- Tomato paste( puree) - 2 tbspns
- Boiling water - 1-1/2 cups( if using cooked rice, no need for water)
- Salt - to taste
- Fresh cilantro- 3 tbspns
- Wash the rice nad soak in cold water for 10 mins.Drain and set aside
- In a large sauce pan, heat oil and add the cloves and cinnamon.
- Then add cumin seeds, green chilli and garlic and saute for 30 secs.
- Add onions and saute till light golden.( about 3 mins)
- Add garam masala and chilli powder. Stir well.
- Now add the tomatoes and tomato puree and mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Let it simmer and reduce till most of the liquid is evaporated and you are left with a thick tomato masala. (takes about 1o mins).
- Add peas a cook for another 5 mins.
- If using cooked rice, just stir in the rice. Mix well so that all the rice grains are coated with masala. Stir in coriander leaves. Serve hot with raita.
- If using uncooked rice, stir in rice and add the boiling water.
- Cover the pan and set heat to medium and let the rice cook.( abt 13-14 mins)
- Stir occasionally.
- When the rice is cooked, remove from heat and stir in cilantro leaves with a fork.
- Serve hot with raita
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