33 (CHINTHA CHIGURU) TENDER TAMARIND LEAVES RICE

Chintha Chiguru(aaku) or Tender Tamarind leaves Rice(Pulao/Palav)


Have already posted Pulihora with chintha chiguru(Tender Tamarind Leaves) here.

This time I posting an other interesting recipe with tender tamarind leaves. Please note that it is good to use the tender leaves plucked from the trees and also this is the best season to get those from Tamarind trees when new leaves start growing in spring/monsoon season - Just in case if you are going to look out for them. You can also get those leaves, sun dry and powder and use it later in any of your rices to get the tang taste. I tried this rice during my last visit to India and it was really good and very different. But the only part was I used some regular leaves and that was little hard to munch, that is the reason I say to use the tender leaves.

This is the right time to get tender leaves. Use it in your dishes like pappu/dal and or collect them and dry and make use of it later.

Rice - 1 1/2 cups Sonamasoori/Basmati/Jeeraga samba
Tender tamarind leaves - 1/2 cup
Onion - 2 small sliced thin
Green chillies - 5 or 6
Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic - 6 - 8 flakes
Coconut - few pieces
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Oil - 1 - 2 tbsp
Lime Juice - few drops(optional)

Spices
Cardamom, cinnamon, clove, bay leaf and anyother - very few


Wash and soak rice for 15 - 20 minutes.
Remove the leaves from the stalk and clean and wash them.
Heat 1 or 2 tsp of oil and add the wshed leaves. Fry till they are shrinked and cooked for 5 - 6 minutes or more. Keep aside.

Grind to paste - Few pieces of onion, green chillies, ginger, garlic, coconut, fennel seeds and half of cumin seeds to a soft paste with little water. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and the spices and remaining cumin seeds. Next add sliced onion and fry till golden brown. Then add the ground masala and fry till the raw smell leaves for 4- 5 minutes. Next add the fried and cooked leaves and stir in few times. Finally add the washed rice, salt,lime juice and water. Cook till done in a rice cooker or pressure pan.

Have a look at my Rice Dishes for this Marathon

Day 1 - Corn and Capsicum Palav
Day 2 - Spinach / Palak Rice
Day 3 - Mango Rice
Day 4 - Peas Palav
Day 5 Egg Fried Rice
Day 6 Cumin Rice
Day 7 - Tender Tamarind Leaves Rice -

Sending this to " Only Original Recipes" hosted by Nivedita an event started by Pari.



Now over to my fellow Marathoners

30 Minutes Meals: Gayathri Anand
Baked Goods: Monika,
For On Going Events: Gayathri Kumar, Usha
Kids Friendly: PJ, Savitha, Smitha, Srivalli, Veena Aravind
Rice Varieties: Champa, Divya and ME.





33 comments/Reactions:

Gayathri Anand said...

Padma , last day super dish koduthu asathurenga ...

Padma said...

Gayathri - you are right ;)
Was waiting to post this on the last day of this marathon.

Archana said...

Hey this sound very good. Must try this.

Priya said...

Wow never get these tender tamarind leaves here, tempting and delicious rice..

Divya.M said...

Nice recipe..never tried a rice with tamarind leaves...

Smitha said...

i miss chinta chiguru..its been long I have had it...whenever we are in India...its not the correct season...the rice looks yum!...pass me the plate!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Yummy Team said...

Never tasted anything with tamarind leaves before..Looks very tasty! Great presentation, Padma!

Swathi said...

I haven't tried anything with tamarind leaves, sure they tasty yummy.

kitchen queen said...

romba delicious rice.Sappida varalama?

aipi said...

A very new n delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing dear :)


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Reshmi Mahesh said...

New to me...very tempting rice..

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savitha ramesh said...

very different rice and wonderful recipe.thanks for sharing.

Jay said...

wow..Hats off Padma..all the marathon recipes are super duper hit and this one is def a keeper..:)
Tasty appetite

Champa said...

Where do you get these leaves? Looks very nice.

Harini said...

Last summer, when I visited India, my MIL dried some fresh leaves and packed them for me..Haven't used them since..Maybe I can try preparing with those :) good one!!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks simply superb, but where do you get those leaves?

divya said...

wow...thats tempting n appetizing..

Shanavi said...

TOTALLY NEW TO ME PADMA, GOOD AND A CREATIVE ONE

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Rice looks so delicious and tasty..

http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Wow such a yummy looking rive with tender leaves of tamarind ....

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

SouthindianHome said...

Wow. Looks delicious. Love this tangy rice

Usha said...

Never knew we could make rice with chinta chiguru.. looks delicious!

The Foodie said...

This rice sure looks delicious...but we don;t get tamarind leaves here :( wish I could get some to try this.

Jayasree said...

I have tried a podi with tender leaves...In rice, it sure must be tangy and delicious...

Abhilash Pillai said...

good one... need to try when home.

Prathibha said...

Rice looks really yumm..love the flavor of tender tamarind leaves,I m sure it would have added nice tang to d rice..

Akila said...

wow tamarind leaves rice... so innovative and mouthwatering....

Priti said...

Looks delicious..can imagine the taste of tamarind leaves ...gud one

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I wish I could taste this rice,sounds so unique and nice recipe!

Raksha said...

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1st time visitor and a follower too.
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Padma said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments :)

Padma said...

Thanks Raksha for dropping by and leaving your comments.

Padma said...

I have some dried tamarind leaves now and use them in preparation of dishes like these.
But had this post in my drafts from a very long time that is from my visit to India last year.

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