This is one of my FAVORITE rice dishes ever!!
I truly believe that healthy food does not have to be boring and flavorless . . .
this one definitely proves my point! 🙂
I was originally inspired by several different rice recipes . . .
adding a few touches of my own along the way.
This is such an easy recipe . . .
and it has so many of my favorite ingredients.
It is pure, simple, and has a wonderful mix of textures and flavors . . .
with – cashews . . . channa dal . . . jalapenos . . .
and an amazing mix of spices!!
Channa Dal Rice – Ingredient List . . .
2 cups cooked basmati rice
1/4 cup channa dal
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped cashews
2 jalapeño peppers minced
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of saffron
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
2 dried, or 3 fresh curry leaves, or 4 frozen, chopped into small pieces
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
The Toppings . . .
fresh green onions
To start with measure out each of the ingredients . . .
and then mix the spices in a bowl and set aside.
Make the rice and allow to cool with the lid off.
Boil some water in a pan for the channa dal . . .
take the pan off the heat, add the channa dal, and soak the channa dal for approx 45 minutes . . .
then drain off the water.
On medium-high to high heat – saute the cashews and channa dal
in a little Olive Oil for about 4 to 5 minutes
add in the peppers for a couple minutes . . .
and then add in the spices for a couple minutes more . . .
( be sure to stir consistently while allowing time here and there to brown nicely )
Cool it down for a bit and then add the mixture to the cooked rice
along with the lemon juice and zest . . .
and then mix thoroughly . . .
allowing for the rice to obtain a little color from the spices . . .
put into individual serving bowls . . .
and then top it off with some of your favorites toppings . . .
here are a few of mine . . .
crisp green onions . . . fresh coconut . . . tangy lemon zest. . .
and of course – one of my very favorites . . . cilantro!!
Now it is time to enjoy your rice – my very favorite part!
Be sure to make an extra batch for leftovers . . .
if you don’t – you will wish you had!! 🙂
Hope you try this wonderful little rice dish!
until next time . . .
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food dreams and a kiss . . .
from my kitchen . . . to yours!!
xoxo – liz