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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Butter beans pilav

I love the creamy texture of butter beans. And when I like something , I look for ways to include it into everyday cooking, in simple yet unique ways. Here's a yummy, wholesome recipe that's so very easy to cook.

Any long grained rice (jeera rice/basmati/good quality raw rice) - 1 cup
Dried white butter beans (double beans/lima beans/madagascar beans) - 1 cup
Onions - 1 medium sized
Green chillies - 5 Nos
Fennel (perumjeerakam/saunf) - 1 teaspoon (5 gms)
Coconut milk - 1 cup (the instant one works well)
Salt to taste

Soak the butter beans overnight. Wash the rice well and drain. Finely slice the onions and slit the green chillies. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pressure cooker and add the fennel seeds. Stir till it turns light brown and add the green chillies and onions. Saute till the onions turn translucent and the fennel leaves a heady aroma. Add the washed rice. Mix the coconut milk to 2 1/2 cups of water and add to pressure cooker. Cook for 5 whistles. Let cool and seperate grains with a fork. Add salt to taste.

PS: Always soak butter beans overnight and cook well. Raw butter beans contain cyanogens.

1 comment:

Uj said...

Hi Dershana,

You have a really nice blog. Will keep visiting often :).. I liked your other blog too..You write really well.


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