Friday, January 30, 2015

Tempering Rice... A quick one!

Recently I got to know the difference between a sequel and a franchise movie. If there are only two parts then its a sequel however if its 3 or more parts then the movie is a franchise. 

For example Alien, Fast and Furious movies are franchise where as Harold & Kumar is a squeal with only two parts (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay). 

You might be wondering where I am getting at :-)? Well, its my third blog on cooking recipes that means my blog is now a franchise, right? Kidding :-).

Since its the third recipe, you need three things for this one: 

  1. Cooked Basmati Rice 
  2. Tempering and 
  3. A good music play list :).

So let's get to it.


  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds.
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, cut into fine julienne.
  • 2 medium size onion, finely chopped. A chopper would be preferred.
  • 3 large tomatoes, finely chopped. A chopper would be preferred.
  • 3 green chilies (adjust according to your taste).
  • 2 tsp red chili power (adjust according to your taste).
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder.
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder.
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder.
  • 1 tsp black pepper.
  • Lemon Juice.
  • 3 tsp Olive Oil, Refined Oil, or Desi Ghee.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Frozen/Fresh peas.
  • A glass of Rice.
  • Peanuts (optional)
  • Tomato ketchup (optional).
  • Garam masala to garnish (optional).
  • Coriander leaves to garnish (optional).

Cooking Process:

We will cook rice and tempering separately and in the end we will mix them well together.

The Rice

  • 1 glass of raw basmati rice, well rinsed with tap/filtered water till they are clean.
  • Put it in microwave safe bowl.
  • Add some salt, peas and cumin seeds.
  • Add two glasses of water and cook it. I cook it for 20 minutes in microwave on Medium High. You need to look out for your microwave settings.
  • While it cooks lets get to tempering.
Here is how it should look:

Cooked Basmati Rice

The Tempering

  • Heat the pan, add olive/ refined oil or Ghee.
  • Add cumin seeds, let them crackle.  
  • Add onion with green chilies.
  • Add ginger julienne.
  • Add salt.
  • Let the onions change its color.
  • Add tomatoes.
  • Add all the dry spices i.e. red chili power, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder
  • Mix well. Cover the pan and cook it well. 
  • Keep stirring in between.
  • Roughly cook it for 15 minutes.
  • Once its done add peanuts, tomato ketchup, garam masala, black pepper, lemon juice. 
  • Cook it for another 2-3 minutes.
Here is how it should look:


The Mix

  • Buy this time your rice will be ready.
  • Pour the cooked rice into the tempering bowl. No need to change the bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Cook it for another 5 minutes. 
  • And that's it.

Final Product

Tempering Rice

Hey I am not expert, but I hope you will like it :). As always your comments are most welcome. And also don't forget to close off your play list :).


  1. truly delicious and so easy to cook!!must try!

  2. Looks great - what do you recommend serving it with?

    1. Hey Stephen,

      You can try various options with this one. You can have it with plain curd, mint chutney (sauce), any pickles, or any gravy dish will do.

      Enjoy :-)

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