Masala rice is an easy lunch box recipe that can be made in minutes. It has the aroma and flavour of fennel seeds  that is not only helpful in digestion but also a light, hearty and satisfying meal all by itself. Masala rice is Amma's yet another signature dish. I have no clue where she learnt it from but all I can say is that she makes it taste like the best thing in the world :) :) You can make a side dish of your choice or just enjoy it with raitha. So here we go.. :)


Basmati Rice, washed and soaked 2 cups
Onion 1
Tomato 1
Bay leaves 2
Frozen peas ½ cup

To be ground into a paste

Fennel seeds 1 tbsp
Cilantro/ coriander leaves ½ cup
Onion 1
Green chilli 8
Fresh/ frozen coconut 1 ½ tbsp
Dhaniya powder 1 tsp
Garlic (optional) 2 pods
Turmeric 1 tsp
Ginger ½ inch
Cinnamon ½ inch
Clove 2
Eilichi 2

1. Grind the ingredients under 'to be ground into paste' and keep aside.

2. In a pan, heat oil and add bay leaves , onions and saute until translucent then add tomato and fry until it turns mushy. Now add the soaked basmati rice and mix it stirring in green peas.

3.Add the ground paste, salt and give it a stir. Transfer the contents to an electric cooker and add 2 cups of water. Once it's done, enjoy it hot with raitha of your choice.


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