Recipe: Rice and fresh dill cooked together with light spice !
Dill, dill and dill(Shatapushpa in Sanskrit), all my previously posted recipes have dill in some form, not to mention how much I love this vegetable/herb. But not anymore, will there be any posts after this one, as I am done with all the fresh dill that was brought last week. Rice preparation with dill called as Sabsige Soppu Bhath/ Shepu Bhaath is very famous in parts of Karnataka state in India and its nice and enchanting to find similar recipe thousand’s of miles away in Iran called Shevid Polo(no claims for authenticity !)
This recipe had been very much part of my quick dishes during college days and came as a rescue during tight schedules. The other green was spinach, which we included to make palak bhath. Its a one pot meal, simple, quick and not too much to worry about the amount spices to be used. With more spice and ingredients one can vary this dish to make a pilaf/pulao or a biryani too !!! This goes to the event by Joanne, Regional Recipes –Middle East and also to Silpa’s APS-Rice.
1 1/2 cups rice
3 cups fresh dill, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp oil
3 big garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1 tsp garam/goda masala
1/2 tsp chili powder OR according to taste
1 tomato, chopped
pinch of turmerc
salt to taste
1. Soak the rice for 15 – 20 minutes in warm water. Then drain and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a vessel, add minced garlic and sauté till you get the aroma. Add onions and fry till translucent.
3. Add garam masala, chili powder and mix. Immediately add rice and chopped dill and sauté for few minutes.
4. Add tomatos, salt, water(3 – 3 1/2 cups) and bring to boil. Let it simmer, then close the lid and let it cook on low-med heat.
5. Once done, serve with a raita/salad on the side.
Preparation Time: 25 mins
Serves: 2 - 4
The consistency of the Bhaath recipe is a slightly overcooked rice and not very dry like a pilaf. So use a little extra water compared to while cooking pilaf.
I’ve also used very less amount of chili powder, but go ahead and add more if preferred.