Summer is here ! Hot and Humid! My favorite time of the year.
Time for something chilled and cold. Yogurt rice is a classical southern Indian dish that my family used to make almost daily in summer. Its so refreshing to beat the Delhi heat.
Toronto summer feels just like Delhi today. Last Sunday, on our drive back from the yoga camp, we spotted roadside farmer stalls selling Quebec strawberries. We did a quick U turn to stop and get some.
Having tasted these before I knew they are the best in the whole world 🙂 tiny & flavorful. They fell out of the fridge today as I was prepping to make yoghurt rice. Naturally I sliced them & added them to cold yogurt rice. Perfect for a summer meal. Cool, refreshing, sweet & tangy with yogurt flavors, hope you enjoy this yogurt rice.
|½ cup cooked brown rice
¼ cup diced strawberries
½ cup yoghurt
½ tsp minced fresh ginger
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp curry leaves
Salt to taste
• Wash rice thoroughly and boil in whatever technique you use. Just ensure that rice is well cooked, and soft. Set aside to cool.
• Mix in yogurt with rice and add salt. Add water so that the yogurt rice is a runny consistency like cake batter.
• Heat frying pan. Add coconut oil, then mustard seeds, when they splutter add ginger, curry leaves, and hing. Saute lightly.
• Pour spice mix on top of yogurt rice. Mix in well.
• Toss in strawberries.
• Best served chilled.
This yogurt rice was so yummy I ate everything, even the portion I had kept aside for tomorrow’s lunch.
Just warning you upfront so you can make extras. Quebec strawberries are absolutely the best for this dish. My French Canadian friends have spoilt me for life. They showed me where to find the best wild strawberries on our Wednesday & Sunday early morning walks at the yoga camp. But no worries if you are nowhere near Quebec. Ontario strawberries work just as great. Just pick smaller ones, which tend to be more flavorful.
p.s. If you want to go dairy free, you can make this dish with coconut yogurt or almond yogurt or even soy yogurt !