Makhana rice - Lotus seeds Rice - Pool makhana rice - Simple lunch recipes - Healthy rice recipes

Makhana / lotus seeds is something I got exposed after I started doing blogging. It is totally new to me. My kids really love it. They love all the dishes with Makhana this rice is no exception. This is really easy and perfect energy food. Perfect for kids or anyone's lunch box.
Ingredients:

Bastmati / Basmati rice - 1 cup
Buttermilk - 1 cup
water - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Green chillies - 2
Red chilli powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Tomatoes - 2 (medium size. Chopped finely)
Onion - 1 (chopped finely)
Garlic - 8 pods (finely chopped)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Gram masala - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cashew Nut - 10
kasakasa / khasakhasa / Poppy seeds - 1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)
Oil - 4 teaspoon ( I have used Olive oil)
Ginger - 1 inch (finely chopped)

Method:

Wash and soak the rice for 10 mins. Drain the water and keep it aside.
Heat the kada /pan. add 3 teaspoon of oil. Add garlic and fry till it is slight brown color. Add onion and fry till transparent. Add tomatoes,Green chillies and ginger. Fry till Tomatoes are mushy. Add cumin powder, gram masala, turmeric powder. Fry till nice aroma comes out (I did it for 3 mins) Add soaked Cashew and poppy seeds. Switch it off. Let it cool down. Grind to smooth paste
Heat the pan and rest of the oil. Add cumin seeds let it crackle. Add grinded paste, Chilli powder and salt. Fry for 2 mins. Add butter milk and water. Let it boil. Add rice and mix well. Cook it with lid on. When it is 3/4 cooked add dry roasted makhana and mix well. Cook completely. Switch it off. Add coriander leaves and mix well
Serve hot with Raita / chips 

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