Here’s a simple, charming, rustic recipe straight from the villages of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa – the staple diet of everyday people brought alive by Mustard Oil. Rural folk don’t have exotic dishes but they certainly know how to make the best of what they’ve got.
The ingredients that you will need for this recipe are:
Rice: 500 grams
Mustard Oil: 250 millilitres
Onions: 5, large
Green Chillies: 12
Turmeric (Haldi) Powder: 1 teaspoon
Salt: to taste
This dish is traditionally not made with Basmati and other long-grained varieties; small-grained varieties are best for this recipe.
Wash the rice.
Slice the onions finely.
Take six of the green chillies and chop them finely.
Heat a little Mustard Oil in a pan. Fry the onion slices till they turn brown. Remove the onion slices from the pan and keep aside.
Put the rice in the pan and fry for around 3 minutes or so. Add half the fried onions and continue frying.
Next, add the remaining fried onions along with the turmeric powder, salt and all the green chillies (both chopped and whole). Pour around 1 litre of water, cover the pan and cook. Occasionally, remove the lid and stir the contents. When all the water gets absorbed and the rice is properly cooked (ideally the grains should be moist and sticky), remove the pan from the heat and transfer the contents to a serving dish.
Your Mustard-Flavoured Rice is now ready to be served. It can be eaten with a variety of side dishes like vegetables, lentils and curries. It can even be eaten plain… it tastes great!