Basmati rice with tomato-mushroom sauce

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
Sauteing liquid
½ teaspoon Ground cumin
½ teaspoon Ground cardamom
1 teaspoon Curry powder
½ teaspoon Mustard seed
1 pinch Asafoetida, optional
½ teaspoon Coriander
½ teaspoon Fenugreek, ground
1 teaspoon Dried parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 Onion, chopped
2 Stalks celery, chopped
2 Carrots, sliced
1 Tomato, cut in chunks
1 can Tomatoes, slightly chopped, undrained
1 can Butter beans, undrained
1 ounce Dried patty straw mushrooms (or other)
1 Green pepper, sliced
1⅔ cup Basmati rice
1 pinch Saffron threads or flowers
2 cups Mushroom broth
1⅓ cup Water

1. Soak dried mushrooms in 2 cups hot water for 30 minutes. Drain and strain out sand, reserving liquid and mushrooms separately.

2. Put rice, saffron or saffron flowers, mushroom liquor, and water in rice cooker and set to cook and keep.

3. Dry-roast all remaining spices and herbs. Add sauteing liquid with onion and celery and saute for a few minutes. Add carrots. Add mushrooms and green pepper, each time sauteing for several minutes (add more liquid if necessary). Add tomatoes and beans.

4. Simmer 10 minutes, uncovered, allowing some of the liquid to evaporate.

5. Serve over or mixed with rice.

NOTES : 1. I used 1 tsp olive oil to saute in, and no additional liquid. 2.

For mushroom broth, I had previously soaked mushrooms for another recipe and not used them. I had also roasted some garlic. I added the skins from the roasted garlic to the saved mushroom broth and simmered them together, making a delicious and very aromatic vegetable broth. This is what I used to cook the rice in. 3. I'm sure any kind of dried mushrooms will do. I just used what I happened to have on hand. Likewise for the beans; I had originally thought of using black beans, but didn't happen to have any. 4.

It sounds like a lot of ingredients, but it didn't take long to make.

Dry-roasting the spices is a critical step, as it brings out their flavor.

Posted by Michelle Dick, FATFREE listowner, while list was down.

Recipe by: Ruth Hoffman

From: "Ruth C. Hoffman" <ruthhoff@...> Date: Wed, 02 Oct 96 09:10:49 PDT

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