October 10, 2011

Thalicha Sadam For Those "Dinner for 1" Nights

What is comfort food? Rasam when you have a cold. Dal and rice when you have a fever or Thalicha Sadam when you are alone home on a sunday night for dinner. The hubby has obviously vanished to some party. You know! the guy thing. Maybe we gals should do more of gal things. Wonder what they will do? That s the feminist in me talking. :) Now, when my husband did leave me alone for dinner on sunday, i was bored. What can you cook for one person? There was leftover rice and i had a brainwave. When i was young, my mom used to make this ogaranai anna ( kannada). She borrowed the recipe from her grandmom. Ok! now dont be daggers at me cos i know its not a recipe actually. But then, it used to taste so nice and comforting. That sunday, I decided. I had to eat it.

Source: My mom's grandmom fondly called kannadi avva in Kannada by all of us
Serves: 1
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins

What you need?

Leftover Rice 1 cup
Onion medium size chopped finely
Oil 1 tbsp
Mustard seed 1tsp
Split Urad dal 1 tsp
Channa dal 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Hing a large pinch
Dry chillies 2
Curry leaves a sprig

How to make it?

In a kadai, heat the oil. Add the mustard. Wait for it to splutter.
Next, add the urad dal, channa dal, dry chillies and wait for the dals to become a light brown.
Next add the curry leaves and the onion. Saute till golden brown.
Add the rice to this mixture with salt. Combine well.
Serve hot with appalam or fryums.

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