The Base Stuff
---------------* Sauté oil
- Can use ghee as well but sunflower seed oil works out best for me 🤷♂️
* Add 'raw' spices: Mustard, bay leaves, fennel, cinnamon sticks, curry leaves
- This step is meant to flavour the oil
* Add Ginger + Garlic
* Add onions
* Cook until tender/translucent
* Add serrano chilies
* (Maybe) Add tomatoes
Cook until pulpy, reduce heat. You are ready. This is the spice base upon which everything else is layered.
The End Stuff
I make a lot of rice-related dishes. At the end, I usually add mint and/or coriander leaves.
I wondered how _biriyani_ makers would get a wonderful set of colors in their rice. This is by way of (a) turmeric, and/or (b) food-coloring, and/or (c) saffron.
For each of turmeric and saffron, I separate out ~10% of the cooked rice to 'dye' them. Once dyed, I mix them back into the main dish. Each dye is prepared by simply dissolving the spice in hot water for 15-20 minutes. With saffron, make sure you grind it a little first for more color. Some people swear that hot milk pulls more of the color but 🤷♂️
Put it here since I cook this in one, but you won't need an InstantPot with this recipe.
* The "Base Stuff" minus tomatoes
* Add yellow lentils/_chana dal_* Add peanuts to roast 'em. These and the lentils will add some crunch to the rice 😍
* Add tamarind paste and turmeric. Adjust these to taste.
* Add pre-cooked rice and mix like a maniac to get an even color
* Add salt to taste
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------------------------------* 1 tbsp coconut oil
* 1 tbsp ginger
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1 can (14oz) coconut milk
* 1/4 cup thai paste
* 4 lime wedges
* 1/4 cup cilantro
* 1/4 cup basil
* 14 cup cashews
SAUTE on NORMAL
* Add oil
* Add onions, 1 serrano pepper (seeded minced), ginger
* Cook for 2 mins
* Add Salt
* Cook for 3 mins
* Add Coconut Milk, paste
* Add carrots, sweet peppers, all other veggies
MANUAL, HI PRESSURE for 4 minutes. De pressurize immediately!
Top with cilantro, basil, cashews