Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Vetrilai Poondu Saadam (Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice)

Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice
Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice

Betel Leaves gives lot of healthy benefits to our body. In India, we use it on special occasions and also as an offering to god. This is what i knew before i saw this recipe at Reva's Site. Few days back Uma shared this recipe on her blog and i decided to try it immediately.

My husband was little bit hesitant before trying this rice. But then it has been included in our weekly menu.
I'm sure most of us doesn't know that we can prepare a lot of healthy recipes with this leaf. When i asked for 20 leaves in a shop, they asked whether there is any function in my home. I replied them that I'm going to use this to prepare rice. They were shocked. How could we use betel leaf to prepare rice?? This was the question on my mom face too :)

Thanks Reva and Uma for sharing this healthy herbal rice.

 Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice

Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice


Ingredients :

For Rice :
  • 2 cup Basmati Rice - washed and soaked in water for 30 mins
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3 betel leaves - stalk removed (Please make sure to use only mid range betel leaves)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp gingelly oil
  • 5-6 cup water + 1 tbsp water

For Masala :
  • 1 inch dry turmeric stick
  • 3 dry red chilies
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp dry ginger or 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder

Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice

Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice
Method :

To Prepare Masala :
  • Dry roast dry turmeric stick, sesame seeds, broken red chilies, peppercorns and dry ginger for few seconds. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Grind in a mixer to coarse powder without adding water and keep aside.

To Prepare Rice :
  • Cook Rice with 5-6 cup water & little salt on medium flame till it is done. Drain the water completely and fluff the rice with a fork. Spread it on a plate and allow to cool.

  • In the meantime, heat gingelly oil in a kadai. Add fennel seeds, cinnamon, curry leaves and garlic flakes. Cook for a minute on medium flame.
 

  • Add cooked rice and mix well. Add finely chopped betel leaves, ground masala and salt. Mix well with rice. 

  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp water and close the lid. Cook it on low flame for 5 mins. Serve hot.

Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice

Vetrilai Poondu Saadam / Betel Leaves & Garlic Rice

30 comments:

  1. Wow this is just amazing dear... Nvr heard of that betal leaves can be used for rice.. Too goo Preeti... Bookmarked to try soon...

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  2. never tasted this.looks so tempting,love to finish the plate.

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  3. very very nre Preethi, excellent, i have bookmarked to make after coming to Chennai... super fab,thanks for sharing...

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  4. easy and healthy combination rice recipe...will try soon...

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  5. Superb da... surely gonna try... n really gr8 for ur presentation...

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  6. This is interesting! A fried of mine recalled that she became "intoxicated" when she accidentally ingested betel leaves many years ago.

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  7. I became in our menu too Preeti.. Try adding more gingelly oil for addictive taste. Thanks for the mention. you are very sweet. :-)

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  8. nice interesting recipe.. It is in my to do list after seeing at Uma's space.. nice props and clicks Preeti

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  9. My Grabby used to prepare this with herbs and spices I havent even heard of, this is avery good recipe Preets.. As always nice clicks dear :)

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  10. Totally new to me. The rice looks scrumptious PT

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  11. interesting recipe...and the pictures are very neat & typically traditional looking. superb!

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  12. I too wanted to try this betel rice, u have done it well..rice looks so yummm...lovely presentation !

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  13. Excellent and colorful preparation. Wonderful looking sadam.
    Deepa

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  14. This is an unusual combination for me. Rice looks so flavorful and delicious..

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  15. the recipe is new to me, I would like to try this.

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  16. Once awesome recipe PT, paatha biryani maduri errukku :) new recipe to me will give it a try sometime

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  17. so good with flavors...interesting recipe...never knew "Vettila" use this way

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  18. Very nice.. This is in my to do list for a long time.. Yours have come out very well..

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  19. sooperbb i love such rice.. i grow beetle leaves so tis goes to my must do list

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  20. very new recipe to me PT...looks so unique...

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  21. Superb clicks n just love the recipe

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  22. looks like biryani da n tempting clicks as always, love it :-)

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  23. Where is garlic? Am I missing something?

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    1. Please check the recipe.. I have mentioned about garlic..

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  24. Very new and nice attempt. Superb. I am seriously impressed Preethi.

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  25. Very new and nice attempt. Superb. I am seriously impressed Preethi.

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