Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Asparagus Saadam/Rice

So What is different about this rice from just a thoran-rice? Well, the flavor for one and when you try it, you too will not say this is thoran rice :)


  • Cooked & cooled Basmati Rice - 2 plates ( Pls dont use mushy or overcooked rice)
  • Asparagus- 1 lb chopped into rounds (discard the fibrous bottom part of the stem)
  • Thai green chillies - 2 medium slit
  • Garlic- 1-2 large cloves minced
  • Red Onion - 1/2 medium diced small
  • Cumin/Jeera - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Almonds/ Walnuts - 10 diced
  • Turmeric- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water- 2 Tbsp
  • Olive oil - 2 Tbsp

Once you have the rice cooled and have 2 plates of it ready, then
  • In a non stick saucepan, heat up 1 Tbsp olive oil and splutter Cumin seeds for about 10 secs. Add the diced almonds and stir it about till the almonds turn slightly golden.
  • Nest, add the minced garlic and the slit green chillies- saute it till the garlic is beginning to turn golden, the chillies will look almost crisped - Then add in the finely diced Onion and saute it well.
  • Once onion is sauteed, add the chopped asparagus along with turmeric and salt.
  • Next, sprinkle 2 Tbsp water, close with a tight lid and cook it through- approx 5-7 minutes. Asparagus cooks really fast and can turn mushy if unattended. The vegetable must retain a bite to it. Check for salt and the asparagus must be cooked just done - remove from heat. There will be a bit of water at the bottom of the pan, its okay - we will use it with the rice.
  • Using a wide saute pan that can hold the rice, heat up 1 Tbsp Olive oil - and splutter 1/2 Tbsp Cumin and when it turns golden, sprinkle some salt and stir it about and immediately add in the cooled rice in batches...mix it up well.
  • Lower heat and move the rice to the sides; Add the cooked asparagus (with any remaining water) and fold in the rice gently. Turn off the flame after 1 minute.
Enjoy the rice with any non-veg side dish. My pic is with a side dish of fish masala.

1 comment:

Biju John said...

Adi poli ayerunu.