Vaishali's brother is a chef in Australia, he does Indian specialties there. Yet he thinks she is a better cook. This is Lalit's recipe that Vaishali makes often.
If you like hot and rich food then you will love her food. She tells us about her struggle to get her son, Madhva to become a little cuddly. That reflects in her food too. The school going kid hates to eat. He has a long list of things he wouldn't look at. Yet some spicy stuff is OK. If your kid is of that type then here is Vaishali's rich version of a tomato rice.
4 tomatoes chopped
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon Badshah Biryani Masala
1 green chili
2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 + 1 teaspoon oil
To begin heat a handi or shallow vessel on medium heat. Fry in very little oil the onions to pink then add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are soft. Remove to cool and then grind to a smooth paste. So that the kids don't complain about tomato skin in their mouth. Mix the heavy cream in the paste and keep aside.
Now heat the other teaspoon of oil. Add the green slit chili and half of the cilantro and save the other half for garnishing. Add the cooked rice and then pour the tomato onion paste and cream mix over it. Mix in the Badshah Biryani Masala. Remove from heat. Put a tava on medium heat and then put the vessel on the tava. Let the rice cook on the indirect heat for 10 mins. Cover with a lid and keep something heavy on it, like a mortar, to hold the heat inside. Remove the lid and garnish with the saved cilantro.
Kids who like spicy stuff will enjoy it. This rice is moist and creamy.
And here are some of the Rangolis made by Vaishali during Diwali.