Saturday, July 30, 2011

Kolumbi DaLimbi Bhaat - Prawns & Sprouts rice

Today is Gatari Amavasya or the "new moon" day in the Hindu month of Ashadh. That means, Shravan starts tomorrow. Gatari amavasya has a special significance in Maharashtrian homes - especially non-vegetarian homes. This is the last day of enjoying non-vegetarian food. For the entire month of Shravan, seafood, meat, eggs are abstained. So this is the day to eat, drink and make merry. Families and friends gather together to have a potluck of non-vegetarian specialities from Biryanis to curries, fried fish to rassa. Not all people "observe" Shravan (i.e turn totally vegetarians) but nobody stops them from not enjoying Gatari.

Kolumbi DaLimbi Bhaat
कोलंबी डाळीम्बी  भात
Rice with prawns and field beans sprouts
1 cup shrimp, deveined, cleaned, rinsed
1 cup rice, rinsed

Marinate shrimp with
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Malvani Masala
salt to taste
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Grind to paste
1/2 cup cilantro/coriander leaves
1/2" ginger
3 -4 garlic cloves
2-3 green chilies

1 tbsp oil
2-3 cloves
1 bayleaf
1/2 tsp shah jire
5-7 black peppercorn
1 piece cinnamon, halved
1/4 cup onions, chopped

1 tbsp freshly scraped coconut
2 tbsp coriander leaves

Suggested Accompaniment
Lemon wedges
Salad with yogurt

1. Marinate shrimp. Rinse Rice and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed or non-stick kadhai/saucepan.
3. Add all the "whole" spices. As they splutter, add onion. Saute till soft.
4. Add green paste and fry for 5 minutes.
5. Now add marinated shrimp. Saute for 1 minute. Add Rice. Saute again for 1 minute. Add sprouts. Saute taking care not to break the sprouts.
6. Add 3 cups water, salt. Bring to boil.
7. Switch gas to low. Cover and let it cook for about 11-12 minutes.
8. Open, fluff the rice with a fork. If it is cooked, switch off the gas and cover completely. It will be done by trapping the steam.
9. Just before serving, garnish with cilantro and coconut.

Note -
1. Use good quality, old basmati rice for this recipe.

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