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Channa Jeera Palau

Channa Jeera Palau

Pilaf (‘palau’ in Hindi) is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. A rice pilaf with chickpeas (‘chana’) and cumin (‘jeera.’)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 cups parboiled rice (ie: Uncle Ben’s)
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric, ground
  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 4 cups stock
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 West-Indian pepper, whole
  • Salt

Method

  1. 1

    In a pot, lightly roast the cumin in the oil and ghee until golden brown.

  2. 2

    Add the onion, garlic, sweet pepper and bay leaf. Cook 2 minutes.

  3. 3

    Add the rice. Mix well.

  4. 4

    Add the turmeric. Mix well.

  5. 5

    Add the chickpeas, stock, coconut water, whole pepper and salt.

  6. 6

    Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and steam for 15 minutes.

  7. 7

    Add the coconut cream. Mix carefully so as not to burst the pepper. Steam for 3 more minutes.

  8. 8

    Turn off the heat and let rest for 20 minutes before serving.

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