Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Clove and Cumin Rice in Bell Peppers

Cloves were just another spice we used at home. It was never the star, always just blending in. I realized the wonderful taste of cloves only recently, when someone offered them along with dessert as a mouth freshener after a party. Apparently, the cloves (without the center seed), is a great palette cleanser and imparts a mint-like freshness when chewed. I then went on a quest to find a clove-centric recipe.



This rice is different from a presentation point of view. It looks great when serving it at dinners and lunches. The cloves lend a subtle earthy flavor to the rice.



Rice in Bell Peppers

8 large Green Bell Peppers (Capsicum)
2.5 cups Rice
1 Large Onion
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
6-8 Cloves
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp oil
Salt, to taste

Choose firm bell peppers. Wash and cut off the tops of the bell peppers and de-seed them. Cook the bells peppers whole in water (just enough water to cover the peppers), with a little salt and sugar. (see Note)

Heat oil in a medium saucepan, fry the cumin seeds, sliced onions and cloves. Add the well-washed, raw rice and saute with the spices. Add water (about 5 cups, depending on what rice you use) and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook till rice is done.

Scoop the rice into the bell peppers. Serve.

Note - Alternately, you can also roast the bell peppers on the pan (instead of boiling them). You have to be careful not to roast them too long as they need to be firm to hold the rice.

This is my entry for Think Spice - Clove, hosted by Canela & Comino. Think Spice was created by Sunita of Sunita's World.

20 comments:

sra said...

Hi Arundathi, v nice pix all - glad to find your blog. Thanks for visiting mine!

Raaga said...

it does look very interesting :-)

Arundathi said...

thanks, sra - enjoyed visiting your blog!

thanks raaga...

ANJALI J. said...

THATS A NICE RECIPE.. I LOVED THE PICS.. ESP THE LAST ONE..THATS LOVELY

Cham said...

Looks lovely ur rice stuffed in pepper... simple and quick one.

Sagari said...

woww bell peppers stuffed with rice,looks beautifullll

vegeyum said...

Congrats on winning the prize on WHB this week! I am so pleased for you.

david santos said...

Good menu and good food.
Have a nice week.

Arundathi said...

@ anjali, cham, sagari - thanks!

@ vegeyum - thanks! i can't believe it! i never win anything!

@ david - thanks and you too!

Mansi Desai said...

wow, that's a neat phto Arundati! and congrats on being chosen in susan's random draw:)

Arundathi said...

Thanks Mansi! :)

karuna said...

will be posting it by tom. intresting recipe with bell peppers.

Bhavani said...

Hey congrats on your win.The paneer with coriander sure looks great.Fantastic idea.Love the pics too.:)

Andhra Flavors said...

bell pepper ate all your dish?????
ohh! sorry. :) :) :)

Arundathi said...

Bhavani - thanks babe! you've gotta try the paneer - its really super!

Andhra - LOL!! just looked at the photo again and it really does look like a sinister bell pepper on the loose! haha!

Srivalli said...

looks great!...nice pictures anu

KayKat said...

That pic cracks me up. Can't decide if the pepper is eating the rice or spewing it!

Arundathi said...

Thanks Valli!

KayKat - I know! the more i look at it, i realize the folly!! Oh well! adds a little humor, I guess!!! from my view, its definitely spewing!!! It was supposed to be a gentle falling out of the rice from a lovely green pepper - NOT! :)

Sunshinemom said...

Thats a nice one - I usually stuff grilled capsicums with potatoes!

Arundathi said...

thanks sunshine - i sometimes stuff it with paruppu usli (a lentil and vegetable dish), but thought this would be interesting...