Bhratti

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Basmati rice (Carolina will do)
2 mediums Onions
1 bunch Fresh basil leaves (about half cup when chopped)
1 tablespoon Curry powder (mild or hot; according to preference)
1 teaspoon Salt
4 tablespoons Good grade cooking oil
500 grams Ground chicken or lean pork

submitted by: paradise@... (yehuda paradise, Ramat Gan, Israel) A reasonably close imitation of BHRATTI: Long long ago I came upon this delicious dish in a remote area of southern India. Owing to language difficulties I could not quite make out the recipe, but after some trials and errors, I finally managed to concoct something close to the original: Chop onions and fry in 2 tbsp oil until just starting to brown. Add meat and curry powder, stir until brown. Scoop out onions and meat, leaving oil in pan. Add dry rice and stir until transparent. Add 4 cups water and salt, bring to boil, cover and cook over LOW flame for 15 mins or until all water is absorbed. Add meat, onions, finely chopped basil and the rest of the oil, stir and cook for another 3 mins.

(You could eat it now, but here comes the trick): Put everything in shallow glass dish, cover with paper towel and microwave on full power for another 10 to 15 mins. (YES, that long!) The final ordeal in the microwave oven will turn the individual grains of rice crispy on the outside, leaving their cores soft - a heavenly crunchy sensation.

DAVE <DAVIDG@...>

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