Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Garlic-Pepper Rice (Poondu Milagu Saadham)


By now, I'm sure that most of you know that I am a self-professed garlic addict! Needless to say, I was pretty psyched about this month's JFI hosted by Mathy with the theme of garlic.

I chose to make a variety rice dish that is really easy to throw together. The flavors of garlic and black pepper are complemented by green chillies, cumin, and curry leaves. You can have this rice done with only a few minutes of prep work.

The results?? Huge hit with us! It makes a perfect foil to most curries or dry items. Perfect for when you don't feel like bothering to make a huge, elaborate rice dish!


Ingredients:

Basmati rice - 2 cups, washed, soaked in water for 20 minutes and drained
Freshly ground black pepper - 2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Frozen peas - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste

To grind to paste:

Garlic - 10 cloves
Green chillies - 10, or to taste

For seasoning:

Oil
Curry leaves - 6-8 leaves, chopped
Black peppercorns - 1 tsp

Method:

Heat oil in a pan. Add the peppercorns and let them sizzle. Now, add the curry leaves. When they've finished spluttering, add the ground paste. Fry until the raw smell is gone. Then, add the rice, cumin powder, pepper powder, and fry for a few seconds. To this, add 3 cups of water, peas, and required salt. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low and let cook until the rice is cooked and water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Turn off the heat and let stand for another 10 minutes. Then, fluff with a fork and serve with side dish of your choice!

Gaaaarlicky goodness!!

We had this with pepper chicken and spinach. Enjoy!

Yes, I really used 10 cloves of garlic and it was awesome! Feel free to decrease per your taste, though.

Want more garlic? Check out my garlic avocado rotis!

26 comments:

Dhivya said...

wow!my all time favoriye one:))loved the first picture kalai

Mythreyee said...

Simple garliky peppery rice looks great.

Namratha said...

Very nice recipe Kalai, I make another version. Good entry!

Laavanya said...

What a delicious combo.. i'm a huge garlic fan too.

SHUBHA said...

Hey kalai... nice blog there.... loved ur cocoa brownie.. its mouth watering.... do check my blog too.:)

indosungod said...

I can imagine the smell and the taste, love peppercorn and garlic. Kalis, if that was not enough pepper you had it with pepper chicken Yum Yum!

Madhavi said...

Hey...very nice recipe, looks very good :))

Homecooked said...

Looks lovely! Great entry.Hope you are fit and fine now :) By the way love the brownies.Will try them for sure.

easycrafts said...

Lovely garlic rice

Richa said...

will take garlic anytime :)
very good combo, kalai.

sra said...

This is really simple and the flavour will come through without being masked. I prefer the slim garlic, tho', but they are disappearing rather rapidly!

Cham said...

The right way to enjoy garlic. I make the same way too. Great entry .

Kalai said...

Thanks, Dhivya and Myth! :)

Would love to see yours, too, Namratha! :)

Awesome, Laavanya! :)

Shubha, welcome to my blog and thanks for the kind words! :)

I was on a pepper kick, Indo! :)

Kalai said...

Thank you, Madhavi! :)

Much better, Homecooked. Look forward to your feedback! :)

EC, me too! :)

Richa, thank you, dear. :)

Sra, that was my exact intention! Thanks! :)

Saswati said...

Thats agr8 combination Kalai and garlic is such ahealthy ingredient:)

DK said...

Dats a beautiful pic :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

WOW...anything garlic is a winner with me; this ones sounds yummy! Great pictures too!

Uma said...

never heard of such rice item, Kalai! Sounds lovely. But reg. garlic, I can't eat that much garlic (10 cloves?). But I am going to try this with less amount of garlic. Looks delicious.

Sig said...

10 garlic cloves and 10 chilies, love it :)

Pooja said...

that looks nice Kalai :).

Daily Meals said...

Nice pictures...

Mallugirl said...

wah! my fav two things!! I am sure the rice tastes too good!!!!

Pravs said...

I am a garlic addict too !! Like the ingredients in this preparation. Almost like peas pulao.

Lavi said...

kalai..iam coming to your home to have this..
so beautifull presented kalai..

Archy said...

Simple and delicious Kalai !!
Lovely :) !!

anu said...

Do any one know how to make MILAGU rice.