Garlic has many medicinal properties. It is packed with antioxidants and helps in improving the immune system. Studies show that regular consumption of garlic reduces risk for heart diseases including heart attack and stroke. It helps normalize cholesterol and blood pressure. It also protects against certain types of cancer. Include garlic in your diet regularly and enjoy its health benefits. Today we will learn how to make garlic rice/poondu sadam following this easy recipe.
How to make Garlic Rice (Indian style)
Prep time -under 15 mins
Cook time -under 15 mins
Rice (basmati or regular white rice)- 1 cup
Garlic - 12 cloves (50 grams)
Pearl onions/ shallots- 8-10
Ginger -1/2 inch piece
Curry leaves -few
Tamarind - a small pea sized ball or 1/2 tsp flat tamarind paste
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Bengal gram/channa dal -1 tsp
Red chillies -4-5
Hing/ asafoetida - a pinch
Sesame seed oil - 2 tbsp
Salt as neeeded
For the seasoning
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Soak rice for 20 minutes. Drain the water and cook rice in 2 cups of water. See to it that each grain is separate. Spread it on a plate to cool.
Peel garlic and onion. Check out how to peel garlic easily
Heat oil in a pan, add urad dal, channa dal and saute until it turns golden brown. In the same pan, saute red chillies for a few seconds and remove it.
In the same pan, saute onion and garlic until onion turns translucent. Add ginger, curry leaves, hing, tamarind, salt needed and saute for a few more minutes. Leave it to cool.
Grind the dal first to a smooth paste. Then add the onion garlic mixture and grind it well.
Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves, cooked rice, ground paste and mix it well gently. Remove from heat.
Delicious and healthy Garlic rice is ready. Serve it with papads, chips or potato fry.
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