July 09, 2010

Lentil pilaf

Every morning i juggle in my mind on what to cook for lunch,  fortunately today my fridge was empty but again we wanted to grab more than just a sandwich or some noodles in a box -- the lentil pilaf came as  a healthy, flavorful and a quick-to-cook alternative.

This one's a favorite of my husband's, so much so that its even been renamed after him in our house !!

Servings- 4

Cooking with:

1/4 cup pigeon pea /toor dal
3/4 cup basmati rice
1/4 big sliced onion or  half a small onion
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp canola oil
1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds (optional)
1 whole dry red chilli
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
 salt to taste

Garnish with:
Coriander/ cilantro leaves
Lemon juice

You can cook the pilaf in either a pressure cooker or a rice cooker. I used the former.

Heat oil in the cooker , add sliced onions and grated garlic, Saut√©. When onions are lightly browned , add the rest of the spices ,stir. Sprinkle drops of water before the spices burn.  Cook for a minute and add the washed rice and pigeon peas, add water , mix and close the cooker. Takes a whistle or two and its done.

Serve with a garnish of cilantro leaves and lemon . We usually eat it with a side of raita and papadum.

Tip: You can add some clarified butter over the hot pilaf for added flavour.

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