Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Here is a simple and delicious quick-fix lunch recipe with some left-over rice. You can make it with any podi you have.  MTR podi is our family favourite as it is mild. I always bring few packets each time I visit India. Usually we mix it with plain rice and ghee but for a change I made it with tempering and it turned out so delicious.

Cooked rice ..... 2 cups
MTR podi ........ 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds ... 1 tsp
Dry red chillies .. 1
Asafoetida ........ 1 pinch
Curry leaves .... 1 sprig
Oil ........... 1 tbsp
Ghee ....... 12 or 1 tbsp
Salt ........ add only if the rice is cooked without it.
Turmeric powder ... 1/8 tsp
Lemon juice .... 1-2 tbsp (optional)

1. In a pan heat 1 tbsp oil and  add the mustard seeds. When they crackle add the broken chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.
2. Tip in the cooked rice and add the turmeric powder and podi.
3. Stir well and squeeze a little lime juice if you like.
4. Add ghee finally and stir everything.
Serve with fried appalams / papads

Note: If you want it spicier add a little red chilli powder as MTR podi is not so spicy.

See home made podi recipes ....

Andhra Podi - Gun Powder -   HERE 

Curry Leaves Podi   -  HERE 

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  1. Interesting recipe with podi, apt for a quick meal.

  2. the rice looks so delicious. I will try it out when I have some leftover rice.

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks .. Yes these one pot meals go well with papads.

  4. I could easily gobble down a bowl of podi rice with creamy yogurt, such a comforting meal.


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