The Ultimate Love

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We talk about love, we talk about different kinds of love, like loving your parents, loving your children, loving your husband or wife, having a love for a place or a thing etc. We also celebrate these loves on particular occasions like Valentines’ Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Any particular community or state Day etc. And we express our love through gifts, get-togethers, functions etc. But in all the things sometimes we miss to give due credit to a particular thing which appears in all of these celebrations i.e. food.

Food is something which plays an important role in any kind of celebrations or festivities. It is something which plays an important role in any kind of expressing love. A mother showers her love on her children by making special delicacies which the kids like the most. A lover cooks something exotic to impress his/her partner, devotees prepare unique delicacies for their deities and so on. Infact during off moods, it is famously said that when you are upset and depressed one should eat to recover since the opposite of Stressed is Desserts.
Keeping the ultimate love to its practical use, Raindrops Basmati Rice produces one of the finest and authentic basmati rice so that expressing love doesn’t loose its shine.

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Egg Dum Biryani

 Egg Dum Biryani (3)-1

Ingredients
Basmati Rice – 3 cups
Eggs – 4 + 3
(4 Hard Boiled eggs + 3 eggs scrambled)
Saffron – a pinch (soaked in 2 tblsp of milk)
Whole Garam Masala
Shahi Jeera – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tblsp
Salt – as needed
Water – about 10 cups
Mint Leaves – handful

For Masala
Onion – 2 medium (chopped)
Tomatoes – 2 (chopped)
Ginger garlic Paste – 1 tblsp
Cilantro (Corriander Leaves) – handful (finely chopped)
Mint Leaves – handful (chopped)
Green Chillies – 3 or 4 (chopped/slit)
Yogurt – 4 tblsp
Lemon Juice – 2 tblsp
Ghee and/or Oil – 2 tblsp
Biriyani Masala – 1.5 tblsp
Salt – as needed

Preparation Steps

1. Hard boil 4 eggs, peel it and cut it into half lengthwise.
2. Sprinkle a pinch of biriyani masala, little salt and little corn flour on the eggs and shallow fry. Keep it aside.
3. Scramble the remaining 3 eggs with little salt and black pepper powder and keep aside.
4. Cook the rice in plenty of water (about 10 cups) along with 1 tblsp oil, shahi jeera, whole garam masala, salt and some mint leaves. (You can add a pinch of turmeric powder too if you want a bright yellow colour).
5. When the rice is 3/4 th cooked, drain the water and spread it on a tray to cool.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

Method
For making masala
1. Heat ghee and oil in a pan and add the onions and green chillies. Saute till the onions turns brown.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add the chopped mint leaves and cilantro.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook till it gets mashed up.
4. Add the yogurt, biriyani masala and salt. Cook this till you get a nice masala and the oil seperates from the masala.
5. Add lemon juice to the masala just before switching off.

Layering the Biriyani
The dum process can be done in a conventional oven or stove top. Take a tray or a big heavy bottomed vessel and do the layering as follows.
1. Grease the bottom of the vessel/tray with some ghee or oil.
2. Spread half of the cooked rice at the bottom. This will be the first layer.
3. Pour the egg masala over the rice as the 2nd layer.
4. Put the scrambled layer over the masala followed by the remaining rice.
5. Top this with the saffron flavoured milk, some ghee, some fried onions, finely chooped cilantro and mint leaves.
6. Arrange the hard boiled eggs on the top.
7. Cover with an aluminium foil and seal all sides so that the steam wont be able to escape.
8. Leave it in a 350 degree oven for half an hour. By this time the aroma of the biriyani will fill the house.
(If you are doing the dum on stove top, reduce the flame to the lowest setting and cook for about 20 mintes.)
9. Gently fluff up and mix the rice before serving. This way the masala and scrambled egg will be evenly distributed in the rice.

Serving suggestion
– Serve this biriyani with some raita and any non veg sidedish.
– This tastes delicious with some pickle and potato chips too.
Serves : 4-5

Ambassador of Solidarity

1346234402India-Japan-FlagCross Cultural Marriages are really an exciting affair. And especially Intra-Asiatic marriages where marriages are not just a ritual but a celebration where members of both the sides of the groom and bride participate in a generally week long festivities associated with the wedding. But these celebrations turn funny and hilarious when the two sides belong to different countries and subsequent different cultures.

And I witnessed the same in my marriage in which my husband’s side came from japan and we the bride side welcomed them at the epicentre of culture in eastern India – Kolkata.

I and my husband tried our level best to mediate the communication between both the sides but as obvious it was not possible for us to be present with them all the time. Since the wedding day was approaching, we feared a confrontation between the two sides as they couldn’t understand each other nor communicate. But surprisingly nothing of such hostility took place, which was feared by us. And the reason was surprisingly interesting.

Actually it was rice which came to our rescue. Since rice is the staple food of both the countries, both the sides were comfortable and happy at the eating table. Since most of the confrontations take place during the meals at any given wedding, this was easily avoided here due to the similar easiness and acceptability of rice in the main course menu. Japanese were quite happy to know similarity between Indian and their rice cooking methods. In fact both the sides happily exchanged recipes of rice dishes and enjoyed cooking it too. Really, never knew rice can be an international ambassador of solidarity and joy.

Beyond Differences

rice_lead Social intolerance is a big reason for diverse tensions prevailing in modern societies. And it is a major social problem in developing nations especially where number of cast, class, creed and religion co-exist in a given and bounded geographical area. In fact this is a major hindrance in national stability, solidarity and national security.

Due to the same reason various governments, media and civil society organisations undertake many programmes, projects and interventions having an objective of securing solidarity among different communities. Since it is an important work which requires high level of skills and good dissemination of communications and information, interventions sometimes takes years to produce desired effect, since all the programmes designed are area specific.

But Raindrops Basmati Rice goes beyond these interventions in its approach towards attaining a better solidarity among different communities as raindrops basmati rice is the common ground where all the sections of the society, no matter to which caste, class or creed they belong to, meet. child_eating_rice

And it has happened because of the unique taste and fragrance of its rice, that the parent company REI Agro Limited has received love across the world. In fact, the trust of its patrons shows the deliverables of Raindrops Basmati Rice which has made REI Agro Limited World’s Largest Basmati Processing Company.

In a very simple yet powerful manner, Raindrops basmati rice has given an example to explain how solidarity and tolerance can be achieved through love of good food. So keep on eating and serving good food to spread love.

Mexican Rice Balls

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups cooked rice
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 lb mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 cubes
  • oil, for frying
  • flour, for coating
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten for dipping
  • seasoned breadcrumbs, for coating

Mexican Rice Balls - Raindrops Basmati Rice

Directions:

  1. Mix chilled rice, eggs, and peas together.
  2. Roll into balls about the size of a tangerine and place one cube of cheese into the rice ball. Reform balls firmly to hold shape.
  1. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs into 3 separate bowls.
  2. Dip each ball in flour, shaking off excess and reform if needed. Dip in egg, letting excess drip off, then dredge in bread crumbs, reforming and transfer to a sheet of wax paper. Repeat with remaining balls.
  3. Meanwhile heat 2 inches of oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot until thermometer registers 350-360 degrees F. Working in batches of 4-6 balls, lower rice balls into oil with a slotted spoon and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Return oil to 350-360°F between batches.
  4. Serve with a tomato sauce.

‘Happy Meal for Two’

The word rice may mean different things to different people.

It means Rice with Fish Curry to a Bengali, to a South Indian it may mean Sambar-Chawal or for a Muslim, it is the aromatic Biryani. But come what may, it is cherished in different ways in different parts of the country and every preparation is unique and exquisite.

Raindrops Basmati Rice celebrates this spirit of being loved and cherished by people from all parts of the country. If you have no idea why Raindrops Basmati is considered the best and the most authentic Basmati, then it’s time for you to try our Happy Meal Pack which considers quantity for a meal of two. Giving you the exquisite experience of extra long grains in just Rs. 10/-, don’t miss the chance to get mesmerized with its aromatic flavor and appearance.

Try it and if you love it, do share your happiness with others too!!

RD Extra Long Grain White Basmati

RD Extra Long Grain White Basmati