Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Matki Sprouts Pullao

My mom pairs the matki sprouts (moth beans) with rice and makes this simple pullao. It is flavored by goda masala and badia (pronounced baa-di-ya) - which is also known as Star Anise.
Here's the recipe -

Modachya Matkicha Pullao
Moth sprouts pullao
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup moth/matki sprouts
1/2 tsp red chili powder

1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp goda masala
2-3 star anise
a pinch of asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp freshly grated coconut
1 tbsp chopped cilantro/coriander leaves

Lemon wedges
Ghee or
Plain yogurt

1. Wash & drain basmati rice and keep aside for at least 20 minutes.
2. Heat oil. Add the ingredients for tempering.
3. Stir in rice and saute for 1 minute.
4. Add matki sprouts and carefully mix in without breaking the sprouts.
5. Add 3 cups water, salt to taste & red chili powder.
6. Bring to boil. As the water comes to a rolling boil, switch the gas to low.
7. Cover with a lid and let it cook for about 15 minutes or so. Fluff the rice with a fork.
8. Garnish with coconut, cilantro.
9. Serve with lemon wedges and a dollop of ghee or yogurt.

Check out Asha's version of Matki Pullao.
Check out Ashwini's version of Peshawari Matki Biryani.

This post is my contribution to Sunita's Think Spice: Star anise.


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