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Basanti Pulao

Bengali Basanti Pulao also refer to as Mishti Pulao (Sweet Pilaf) is a festive pleasure. It taste pretty amazing on its own, but you should try it with Kosha Mangsho (Bengali Style Mutton Stew). We typically prepare it with an aromatic short grain rice called “gobindo bhog chaal” but you can use any non-sticky short grain rice.

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Summer Risotto with Tomato Confit and Zucchini

Risotto with tomato confit, zucchini and leak is a delightful summer risotto that is light and flavor packed. Tomato confit with those fresh zucchini blossoms creates a beautiful refreshing floral note to the comforting creamy risotto. My family loves risotto and I make it round the year with seasonal produce. One of my favorite early summer risottos is pea and asparagus risotto. Currently my tomato plant is giving us a lot of cherry tomatoes and I am making the confit on repeat. Last week I added it to our risotto along with zucchini that is also from my garden. Nothing…

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Shrimp Arancini

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnforgettableRice​ #CollectiveBias Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, this Shrimp Arancini would make for a great party appetizer or even dinner, when paired with a salad. Arancini are crunchy risotto balls and they could be either stuffed or not. It is a great way to use leftover risotto and it is just as delicious as your creamy risotto.

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Garlic Swiss Chard Fried Rice

As a kid, red amarathan was my favorite green. In fact, it was a magical green for me. Like most kids, I was not a big fan of greens but this magical green, when stir-fried and mixed with cooked rice, would turn into this gorgeous hue of pink. Pretty amazing! My aunt’s backyard was filled with red amarathan and a visit to her house meant helping aunt pick those leaves and then patiently waiting for lunchtime. It was quite a happy moment for my Mom because both my brother and I were super picky eaters. I find the taste of swiss…

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Congee With Miso Sauce

Does it ever amaze you that how many similar looking dishes are prepared or served otherwise with different names across the world? When I came across Congee, it instantly reminded me of khichdi and risotto. All three dishes are rice based meal. Needs slow long cooking hours. And gives a sheer level of coziness in every spoonful. Rice, being the staple for half of the world’s population, makes numerous such hearty one-pot meals in different delicious ways.

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Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

Roasted pumpkin risotto with crispy sage and crunchy pumpkin seeds! Its the perfect season for such meals and also because I can go for pumpkin or risotto any time of the year. Technically, there is no autumn in India and there are still some occasional bouts of rain. But there is this mild chilly feeling in the morning, hinting us that soon we could bring out warm clothes. That’s reason enough for me to start getting hearty with our meals.

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Bhaja Mung Daal Khichuri

I am not a big admirer of lentils or rice but on some days, that’s just what I need. And when these two are mixed together, slow cooked to a luscious porridge, seasoned with whole spices and clarified butter, it  turns into a super hearty meal! This dish has got several names - khichdi, kichuri, khichdee, etc. depending on the different regions in India. There are also several ways to prepare the dish. It can be prepared with different kinds of lentils. Sometimes vegetables are added to make it more filling and sometimes, it’s left to just rice and lentil.…

Garlic and Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice | Playful Cookinglink to Garlic And Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice

Garlic And Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice

In my world of wish-I-had-more-time, dishes like these come superbly handy. A little chopping, a quick sauté and dinner is prepared. We don’t eat rice that often, but it was a clever idea to cook some on Sunday night so that Monday starts off on a great note. Good leftovers somehow help kick the blues. Knowing that you have more time to play with your baby and less time in the kitchen, it is bliss! Plus I was able to send my husband off to work with a delicious lunch box. It was a good start to a new week.

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Peas and Asparagus Risotto

Some dishes cannot be rushed through. It needs extra time, more love and a cook’s unbroken attention. Gently mixing with a wooden spoon, allowing the white sticky rice to bathe in flavorful broth, observe as it absorbs all the moisture and grow in size. Give it another bath, another quiet stir and watch it get fluffy with time. Risotto is not a weekday feast, unless you have ample time in hand to stand by the stove. It’s a heartening classy dish that fulfills your soul at every spoonful. It’s an art to prepare risotto and after numerous flopped shots, I…

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Shrimp Pulav – Guest Post at Healthful Pursuit

Even in the days when my life was less about food and more about meetings or projects, dinner was always an important part of the day. Eating out was always an option but enjoying a comforting warm meal at the end of a busy day was relaxing. Even though I was not a big foodie, cooking had always been a fun activity for me; it was like a stress buster that helped me empty my mind and get ready for the next day.  

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Keema Pulao – Guest Post by Tanvi @ Sinfully Spicy

It's been a relaxed week so far! The first few days were a little tough due to bad jet-lag. All I did was lots of sleeping and lots of eating. After all, that's what vacation is all about :) Keeping the holiday mood in full swing, today we have Tanvi sharing this colorful Keema Pulao, which is bursting out with flavors! Her blog has always welcomed the viewers with gorgeous photographs and mouth-watering dishes.Her food styling skills and the stories behind the recipes are filled with entertainment and inspiration. This friend of mine is very talented. Some of my favorites are Indian…