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Category: Rice Recipes

These rice recipes are great as one-dish meals or as part of an elaborate lunch or dinner. Give them a try.

If you’ve had Indian food at restaurants, then you’ve most certainly had basmati rice, either plain or as some form of flavored rice such as vegetable pulao, or biryani, or as dessert such as kheer and pongal. While basmati rice is extremely popular for parties and special occasions, it’s the other short-grained and long-grained varieties of rice that are preferred for everyday food in India, as they are more nutritious.

In South India, all main meals are rice-based. Vegetable curries, dals, and chutneys, and yogurt are accompaniments. In the North, roti or the Indian flat bread is the staple. Rice is consumed in smaller portions or occasionally. These days, those who are health-conscious try to include both rice and roti in their daily meals along with lentil and vegetable dishes as they make well-balanced meals and provide better nutrition.

Many rice recipes such as tamarind rice, lemon rice, tomato rice, coconut rice, and vegetable rice can serve as one-dish meals.

Rice is also used in other forms in a lot of Indian recipes. For instance, rice rava (cream of rice) is used to make breakfast dishes like upma, idli, and vada.

Rice is used in dosas, and rice flour in fritter batters for snacks like pakodas, bhajias, and chaklis to contibute crunchiness or as thickening agents in soups and gravies.

Pressed rice or poha is used in breakfast dishes like Pohe and snacks like chivda and bhel puri. Puffed rice is used in dishes like Spicy Puffed Rice and other snacks.

For nutrition information, check out Health Benefits of Rice.

Peas Pulao

Peas Pulao

| March 6, 2013 Comment

Peas Pulao is a great dish for parties and festive occasions. Made with basmati rice and fresh peas, this is a subtly flavored rice that is homemade gourmet. Servings: 6-8 Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 2 cups of basmati rice 2 cups of green peas 1 large onion (or 2 medium), cut lengthwise and halved 1 […]

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