Feb 5, 2013

Imli Chawal/ Tamarind Rice

Today again I post one more very interesting rice recipe i.e. “IMLI CHAWAL” from the “Cooking with Love” cook book written by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
Under this rice recipe, we have to cook rice and fold with tempering of tamarind pulp, mustard, red chili and curry leaves and garnish with roasted peanuts and sesame seeds. Tamarind enhances the flavour of rice in this method, my family really like this recipe.

You can store the tamarind pulp in freeze for few days and use when required. Imli rice will keep for 3-4 days and it’s a good option for picnic time or while travelling. For instant version, you can add this tamarind pulp into leftover rice and enjoy this Imli Chawal anytime.

Preparation time: 10-15 Minutes
Cooking time: 20 Minutes
Serving: 3 Servings
Recipe source: Cooking with Love
1 cup Basamati Rice
1/4 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
For Tempering
4 Tbsp. Tamarind pulp/ Imli
2 Tbsp. Clarifying Ghee
1/2 Tsp. Mustard seeds/ Rai
1 Tsp. Skinless Split Black Gram/ Dhuli Urad Dal
1 Tsp. Split Bengal Gram/ Chana Dal
1/4 Tsp. Asafoetida/ Hing
10-12 Curry leaves
1 Green Chili, Chopped
2-3 Whole Dried Red Chilies
1 Tsp. Roasted Sesame Seeds
2 Tbsp. Roasted crushed Peanuts.


Cook the rice with the turmeric powder, salt and three cups of water till done.
Ensure that the rice grains remain separate and keep aside to cool.
Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, black gram and Bengal gram and sauté till the grams turn golden.
Add the asafoetida, curry leaves, green chilies and red chilies and sauté till fragrant.
Add the tamarind pulp diluted in quarter cup of water and mix.
Cook till the mixture thicken and add rice gently and adjust salt as per taste.
Add the peanuts and sesame seeds and mix gently and serve hot.

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  1. It looks simple to make and tasty at the same time

  2. Easy and simple rice variety...delicious....

  3. Quick and easy rice recipe! Beautiful clicks as well :)

  4. awesome and tempting tamarind rice.

  5. Good to have you make this rice..:)

  6. Tempting .....loved the colour of the rice :-)

  7. Wow my fav.... one of the rice dish which i make for every festival

  8. I love this tangy rice...nicely prepared

  9. Perfect for travel and lunchbox - such a delicious rice!!! lovely presentation!
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  10. Love this tangy and tongue tickling rice,delicious and inviting.

  11. My all time favorite!! For me this is the best way to use my leftover rice!!

  12. We love the addition of sesame in tamarind rice!

  13. perfectly simple rice to go with anything

  14. our household favorite rice. love the addition roasted sesame seeds and peanuts.

  15. Wonderful rice for a perfect picnic

  16. My favourite rice preparation. Looks delicious...


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