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Suppli August 5, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Appetizers, Cherishing Dinners, Rice preperations.
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No! No! I am not going to cook with the monkeys. But they are the inspiration for this post. These are the famous “Three Wise Monkeys” that symbolizes the saying “Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil“. These are Mahathma Gandhiji’s favorites. I got a new meaning for these symbols through my family.

Some days, my little son will refuse to eat his soup and rice. In spite of my trials and the bribes, he will take the posture of the third monkey, the speak no evil. I will call the pose, “Rice. Yuk! What else can she make!”.

After fixing something other than rice for my kid, I will turn to my DH. He knows very well that I will ask him to have rice for dinner otherwise it will get wasted. Willing to have something other than rice for dinner, DH will take the posture of the first monkey, the hear no evil. Though he won’t keep his hands on ears, he won’t listen to my pleadings. So I will call this pose, “Did I hear something?!..that voice seems to be fake!”.

Between these two, I am forced to take the pose of the monkey in the middle, the see no evil. I will call this pose, “Oh! give me a break for god’s sake!”. 😦

Finally, I found some recipes to solve this “Make, Fake and Sake” situation. Suppli is one such recipe from Italy. This is a fried rice balls recipe. Though most of the recipe instructions call for deep frying the rice balls, the one that is in my recipe collection calls for browning the rice balls in oven. I browned it in the toaster oven.

Ingredients:

2 Cups cooked rice

2 1/2 Cups Tomato – Vegetable sauce

3 Tbsp Gram flour (Use 3 egg yolks instead)

2 Tbsp Cheese of your choice

1 tsp salt

Method:

1. Take the rice in a large bowl. Place a sieve or colander on top of the rice. Pour the tomato sauce on it. Press to push the liquids and strain the large pieces of vegetables.

Suppli Ingredients

Suppli Ingredients

2. Save the strained vegetables separately.

Drained Veggies

Drained Veggies

3. Add other ingredients to the rice and mix well.

4. Take a handful of rice mixture and shape into a disc. Place small amount of vegetables in the middle.

suppli in making

suppli in making

5. Cover and shape into balls.

6. Place in a greased oven proof dish.

Suppli Ready to bake

Suppli Ready to bake

7. Brown in 400F oven for 30 minutes or until the top is browned a bit. I browned the rice balls in a toaster oven.

Suppli Baking in Toaster oven

Suppli Baking in Toaster oven

8. Serve as is or pour sauce on top.

Suppli Served

Suppli Served

In the end we were going bananas for suppli. 🙂

This is my entry for the “A.W.E.D – Italian” Event hosted by DK.

Corn Masala Rice June 16, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Rice preperations.
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Kalandha Saadham” literally translates to “Mixed Rice“.

If we need to whip up something quick or add variety to lunch boxes or planning for a picnic, these flavored rice varieties get the highest vote in households in India. “Kalandha Saadham” always reminds me of the Monsoon festival – “Aadi perukku“. This festival is celebrated around August when the water levels of the rivers raise after good rains.

My Grandma used make 5 Varieties of “Kalandha Saadham” and Packs each one in large containers. All the kids in my street would gather together and head to the nearby river bank (“Pudhaaru”) under the supervision of my grandma. After doing prayers and offerings to the river for the good produce, we will eat the wonderful “Kalandha Saadham” accompanied by “Vadaam” (Deep fried rice fritters). While Grandma rests under the shadow of the trees, we all will play in the sand, making sand sculptures and decorating with sea shells and conchs. (“Chippi or kilinjal, Sangu“).

Those were the wonderful days…….

Manal Gopuram

This post is about one such flavored rice recipe from my collection. Corn Masala Rice, a simple recipe but rich in taste.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Brown Basmati or other Long Grain rice
1 Cup Fresh Corn Kernels
1/4 Cup Cashew nuts (Chopped)
2 Tbsp Ghee or Oil
1 Tbsp Cilantro (chopped)
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp Sambar powder
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
Juice of 1 Lemon

Method:

1. Heat the Ghee or oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
2. Add the Cumin and Mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the cashew bits and fry until they turn golden brown.
3. Add the corn kernels and spice powders. Stir fry until the corn is tender.
4. Add the Rice and fry till it turns pink.
5. Transfer the rice mixture to an electric rice cooker. Pour 2 cups of water and add the salt.
6. Mix well and cook until done.
7. Add the lemon juice and sugar. Mix well, garnish with cilantro and serve hot with yogurt.

Corn Masala Rice

This is my entry for the “Mixed Rice varieties” event hosted by EC.

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