Tamarind (Imli) Rice


(for 2 – 3 persons / time – 15 minutes)
What we need to make Tamarind (Imli) Rice ?
2 tablespoon oil, 2 cups cooked or leftover rice (chawal), 1 teaspoon mustard (raa-e) seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin (zeera) seeds, 2 whole dry red chillies (broken into pieces), 2 green chillies (slit lengthwise), 1 tablespoon bengal gram (chana dal), 1 tablespoon split gram (urad dal), 2 tablespoon roasted peanuts, 10-12 curry leaves, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 3 tablespoon thick tamarind (imli) juice, 1 tablespoon jaggery powder, 1 tablespoon chopped coriander (dhania), salt to taste.
Making Tamarind Rice…

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add urad dal*, chana dal*, red chillies and green chillies, fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Add curry leaves, peanuts, jaggery powder and turmeric powder, fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add rice, salt and tamarind juice and toss well, cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Transfer it in a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves
*The roasted dal feels somewhat hard while eating, if you wish you can soften it by soaking dals in plain water (for almost 1/2 hrs.) before following the recipe step.