Simple Pepper Rice ........ Goes very well with spicy Non. Veg. Dishes ..... Yummy ....
One more simple flavoured rice to which goes very well with spicy dishes. I always prefer less spiced rice with heavy / rich curries. Somehow I do not like the combo of Biryani with say chicken curry etc. With Biryani or heavily flavoured pulav’s I always prefer simple raitas. So whenever I prepare spicy egg, chicken or fish curries I keep the rice simple or lightly spiced. I like changes so here I went ahead and created my own pepper rice. This pulav is simple rice spiced with coarsely crushed pepper and jeera.
Soak 2 cups of water in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Wash well and drain off all the water and put the rice in colander so that the remaining water also drains off. Keep this ready aside.
In a pressure pan heat 3 tablespoons of ghee, when it melts, lower the heat and add in 1 tablespoon of jeera and ½ tsp of whole pepper corns and fry for a minute or two. Now add in the drained rice, salt to taste, 1 tablespoon of coarsely crushed pepper powder and 3.5 cups of water and mix well. Cover with the lid and cook under wt. till you get 2 whistles. Turn off the gas and let the rice get cooled on its own. After about 15-20 minutes when you are able to remove the lid of the pressure cooker, do so and allow all the steam to pass off. Stand away from the cooker let the steam passes on to your face. Be careful. Let the cooker stand undisturbed for 5-8 minutes with the lid open.
Now with a large fork gently shuffle the pulav to loosen the rice. Garnish with ¼ cup of finely chopped coriander leaves and serve the pulav hot with any spicy curry of your choice.