Healthy, simple and delicious rice with the goodness of lentils, the sweetness of coconut and refreshing taste of mint. A one-pot meal.
Wash the rice 2 or 3 times to remove the excess starch
Sauté the rice and dal in 1/2 teaspoon of oil/ghee or clarified butter just till it gives a nice aroma. Don't brown the rice. Add 2 cups of water and salt. Cook the rice.
Instant Pot - If you are using the Instant Pot, use the sauté function for the above step. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure. Turn off the heat and do a 10 minutes Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure and open the lid carefully.
In the meantime, when your rice is cooking, prepare the seasoning.
Heat oil in a medium-size saucepan, add mustard seeds and wait till it splutters
Then add the urad dal and red chilies and roast till the urad dal turns a lovely golden brown.
Add the onions (if using) and fry them till they slightly turn color. you don't have to brown them.
Now you can add the remaining ingredients - green chilies, slivered ginger, asafoetida, mint, coconut, sambar powder, turmeric, and salt. Sauté for 2 minutes, until it combines and comes together. (The mint will wilt).
Toss with the cooked rice, Taste and adjust for salt. Garnish with peanuts (optional) and serve hot.
I use a kitchen scale to measure all the ingredients.