Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Manathakali Vathal Rice

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Manathakali is a fruit that grows in a plant that is quite popular in Southern India. Most of  them can be found in the herb garden.  The leaves of this plant are very nutritious,popular and are used as greens.  Vathals are the sun dried versions of the fruits.  My mom sent a lot of them from India.  I use them quite often since it can be made quickly and also has a great flavor.  I haven't seen these in the Indian groceries but they can get them if requested.  More information on this fruit can be found here.

Ingredients
1 cup cooked rice
1 onion sliced lengthwise
5 red chillies crushed
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
1/2 tsp chana dal
1 tsp manathakali vathal(add more if you prefer)
Curry leaves
1-2 tbsp Oil
Salt as per taste

Method
Heat oil in a pan add, chana dal, mustard and cumin seeds when they splutter add vathal when it gets roasted-which it will very fast,  add curry leaves, crushed red chillies, onions, salt and stir till onions are cooked.  Add the cooked rice stir to blend well all the ingredients.  Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and enjoy it hot.

34 comments:

Mehjabeen Arif said...

perfect lunch box meal..

Hari Chandana said...

Simple and delicious recipe.. looks amazing !!

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Priya said...

Quite an interesting rice, apart from kuzhambu,i never used this vathal in anything..

Priya Sreeram said...

vathal rice is very appealing-yum !

kaveri said...

That's a simple and healthy looking rice...Manathakali is one of my favorite vatrals.

Raji said...

Never tried adding manathakalli in my rice...this looks so good..would make this soon.

Suman Singh said...

This rice dish looks great and yummy!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Interesting rice.. never knew we could make rice from vathal...

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy rice...

Madhu said...

Missed many of your recipes in the past week Pushpa. catching up now.

Suja Sugathan said...

Flavorful and delicious rice..makes me hungry.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Rice looks superb, but I am curious to know, what is "manathakali vathal"?

aipi said...

That sounds so flavorful- the rice is cooked to perfection!
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Nandini said...

I love vatthal...The rice is very awesome...

Kiran said...

Hi Pushpa,

How are you? This rice dish looks so delicious.Can we get Manathakali vathal in USA?Do let me know.

Kiran

Kalpana Sareesh said...

very innovative perfect for lunch boxes.. sure try!!!

Nithya said...

A different thought. Yummy rice :)

Yummy Team said...

This looks delicious!

Vidhya said...

Thats one easy rice dish.Loved the flavors used.

Swathi said...

Delicious marthankali vathal rice Pushpa. I miss them.

JishasKitchen said...

delicious rice...:)

Preety said...

simple and delicious

Shobha said...

Nice and yummy recipe.
Pushpa, plz collect an award from my blog.It is for all my friends as a token of appreciation.

Suchi said...

looks inviting and sumptuous- would taste heavenly with dal

Now Serving said...

Pushpa, I am completely drooling over your rice and also about both the marvelous morekozhambus - you make me hungry for some dear - SIMPLY OUTTASIGHT - AM TOTALLY MAKING THIS RIGHT NOW FOR DINNER _ THANKS for this simple yet stupendous idea for a quickie meal I could really hug you right now for solving this major quandry of what's for dinner for me,
priya

Shanavi said...

I never used the vathal apart from making kuzhambu and for seasoning biriyani..Very new to me dear

GEETHA ACHAL said...

Love your version..Sure do try it..

Ambreen said...

Delicious looking rice ... fantastic!

Sanctified Spaces said...

wow very interesting addition to rice.I must also try this.Nice pic.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Thanks Pushpa for explaining what Manathakli is. Very very new thing for me :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Simply delicious..looks so yumm!!

Biny Anoop said...

hey easy recipe dear....but still cant guess abt the dried fruit.....but wenever i do find it...will be trying this recipe out....actually i know where to hunt for it....may be my friends house.....

Panchpakwan said...

Delicious rice dish..

Padhu said...

Simple and delicious rice

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