Summer is here, so do the raw and ripe mangoes in all desi grocery stores . This is my another favorite version of Raw Mango Rice. Most of my cooking includes coconut, on and off I stop , but it gets into most of the dishes I prepare. Adding coconut brings a good flavor and a little crunch , along with the mango in this rice . An excellent rice dish to try during this summer / mango season.
2 cups uncooked basmathi Rice
2 medium size sour mangoes, skin removed and grated.
a big pinch of asafoetida
2 to 3 Dry Red chillies *
few curry leaves
a tsp. of urad dhal and channa dhal ( combined)
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
Salt ( as per taste)
3 to 4 tbsp. Oil
To grind into fine paste
1/4 cup grated coconut (fresh/frozen)
3 to 4 green chillies *
1. Cook rice in microwave, electric rice cooker or other way making sure that the grains are separated. Once it is done cooking, Spread the rice in a wide plate.
2. In a wide pan, heat oil and throw in the red chillies, black mustard, dhals, curry leaves and asafoetida. Once the mustard starts spluttering and when the dhals turns golden brown, add the ground mixture. Saute for about half a minute along with the turmeric.
3. Add the grated mango, some salt and sauté until well combined with the coconut – green chilli mixture- Do not allow the mango to overcook. It should not not lose its crunchiness.
4. Now add the rice and stir, adding the remaining salt as well.
5.Serve it hot .
* Add/ Reduce the amount of chillies according to your taste buds.
I have tried three different basmathi rice that are available here in US – Tilda, Shan and Royal – For all these brands, the rice : water ratio is 1 :2 may it for cooking in microwave or in a electric rice cooker. Just soak the rice for about 10 minutes, else you can skip and proceed with soaking. Just washing the rice to remove the impurities alone needs to be done. For cooking in the microwave, add water and cook in a microwave safe bowl for about 20 minutes, without covering. I have not cooked basmathi in a pressure cooker, except for biryanis and pulaos.
Recipe adapted From my old cookbook
Here is another Raw Mango Rice recipe that I posted earlier