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This Rice variety is a favourite of mothers with school going children. Most of us have been having this rice variety since we can remember. But I have tasted this rice in different places with different ingredients and I have imparted my special touch to the recipe which will make you ask for more. Enjoy this rice as it is or with different curries. I assure you that you would come to love this rice once you taste it.

Ponni Rice (old) 1 cup
Shelled Groundnuts 1/4 cup
Onion diced 1 big
Turmeric powder 3/4 to 1 spoon
Vendhaiyum (fenugreek seeds)      1 spoon (for tampering)
Mustard seeds 3/4 spoon
Kadalai parappu 2 spoons
Black gram dhall (ulundhu parappu) 1 spoon
Curry leaves 2 sprigs
Green chillies sliced fine 3 nos.
Red chillies 2 to 3 nos. (broken )
Gingly seeds 3 to 4 spoons
Lemon Juice from 2 big lemons
Oil for tempering 3 ladles
Salt to taste


Cook rice in usual southern manner with each grain separate. Let it get s sufficiently cold. Now add salt, Lemon Juice and turmeric powder. Gently mix them thoroughly and set aside. Take oil in a kadai and fry Groundnuts on slow -medium flame. When they are brownish, remove and set aside. Put Gingly seeds in the same oil, and fry for about three to four seconds, when they become light creamy,  remove from kadai and keep it with fried groundnuts. Now add both the dhalls (parappus) and fry till the dhalls are slightly brown, remove and set aside. Now put red chillies, mustard seeds in the kadai, when you find that mustard just starts popping, add Fenugreek seeds 1 spoon .Don't let Fenugreek seeds to become dark brown or black. It will take only two seconds or so for Fenugreek to become biscuit brown. Immediately add diced Onions, Sliced Chillies and Curry leaves and fry till onions become translucent. Pour the tampering with onions etc on rice and mix thoroughly. Taste for salt at this stage. Set it aside for 30 minutes. Warm the rice before serving and Add fried Groundnuts, Fried Gingly seeds and mix everything slowly and thoroughly JUST BEFORE SERVING .You can decorate the rice with freshly sliced Green chillies and few Kothumally leaves . The groundnuts and Gingly seeds should be crisp and not soft. You have seen that this rice has no spices or asfoetida and yet this rice is very tasty. Try and taste for yourself. 


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