One pot meals are not only life savers for Bachelors, it is also a perfect dish to prepare during summer to avoid standing in the kitchen for a long time. I have used chickpeas and field beans in this rice but veggies like potato, sundakai, drumsticks etc can also be included. But, be little cautious while adding drumstick in an one pot meal, as it gets mushy very fast. In order to avoid it, cook the rice as mentioned below, add the drumstick pieces to the rice and cook it again for one more whistle. Dried sundakai can also be added. The addition of ghee will make a huge difference in this recipe. It enhances the flavour and taste of the rice but its purely optional. This rice goes perfect with Sutta Appalam, Fryums or any vegetable stir fries / poriyal.
1/4 Cup Black Kondakadalai / Black chickpeas, dried
1/4 Cup Mochai / Field Beans, dried
1 1/2 Cups Rice
4 - 4 1/2 Cups Water ( adjust the water quantity according to the desired rice consistency )
2 Tbsp Gingelly oil
2 Tbsp Ghee ( Adjust according to taste bud )
1 Tbsp Vadagam ( or 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds, 1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds and less than 1/4 Tsp Methi seeds )
2 Sprigs Curry leaves
2 Medium sized Onions, Finely chopped
1 Big Tomato, Finely chopped
10 Garlic pods, sliced
Small gooseberry sized Tamarind ball soaked in 1/2 cup of water
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
2 1/2 Tsp Kuzhambu powder ( I have used Eastern masala Kuzhambu powder )
Salt to taste
Wash and soak both chickpeas and mochai over night.
Heat oil in a pressure cook and add vadagam.
Once it starts spluttering, add curry leaves followed by sliced garlic pods.
Add finely chopped onions and saute till it turns light brown color.
Now add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till it turns soft and mushy.
Add turmeric powder followed by kuzhambu powder and mix well.
Drain water from the soaked kondakadalai - mochai and add it to cooker.
Meanwhile, extract juice from the soaked Tamarind.
Add the measured water along with tamarind juice and add salt.
Let it boil and add the washed rice.
Close and pressure cook it for 3 - 4 whistles in a medium flame.
Switch off the flame and wait till the pressure of cooker gets released.
Once done, open the lid and add ghee to the rice.
Mix well and serve hot.
Serving Options :
Serve hot with Papad or any vegetable stir fry / poriyal.