These rice recipes are great as one-dish meals or as part of an
elaborate lunch or dinner. Give them a try.
If you've had Indian food at restaurants, then you've most certainly
had basmati rice, either plain or as some form of flavored rice such as
vegetable pulao, or biryani, or as dessert such as kheer and pongal.
While basmati rice is extremely
popular for parties and special occasions, it's the other short-grained
and long-grained varieties of rice that are preferred for everyday food
in India, as they are more nutritious.
In South India, all
main meals are rice-based. Vegetable curries, dals,
and chutneys, and yogurt are accompaniments. In the North, roti or the
Indian flat bread is the staple. Rice is consumed in smaller portions
or occasionally. These days, those who are health-conscious try to
include both rice and roti in their daily meals along with lentil and
vegetable dishes as they make well-balanced meals and provide better
Many rice recipes such as tamarind rice, lemon rice, tomato rice,
coconut rice, and vegetable rice can serve as one-dish meals.
Rice is also used in other forms in a lot of Indian recipes. For
instance, rice rava (cream of
rice) is used to make breakfast dishes like upma,
idli, and vada.
Rice is used in dosas, and rice flour
in fritter batters for snacks like pakodas, bhajias, and chaklis to
contibute crunchiness or as thickening agents in soups and gravies.
Pressed rice or poha is used
in breakfast dishes like Pohe and snacks like
chivda and bhel puri. Puffed rice is used in dishes like Spicy Puffed
Rice and other snacks.