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Categories: Appetizers, Vegetarian

Yogurt rice with radishes

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Total time: 30 minutes plus chilling time | Serves 8
Note: This can be served either as a side dish for 8 or as a vegetarian main course for 4. Black mustard seeds can be found at Indian groceries.
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oil
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 1/4 cups whole fat yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 bunch radishes, tops removed

Step 1Bring the rice, water and 1 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a large saucepan. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until rice is done, about 12 minutes. Immediately stir roughly with a spatula to crush many of the grains of rice. It will clump, but that's as it should be.

Step 2Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the cashews and cook, stirring, until they begin to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the black mustard and cumin seeds and cook, continuing to stir, until the seeds sputter and pop, another 1 minute. Reserve half of the cashews and stir everything else into the rice.

Step 3Combine the yogurt and milk and stir it into the rice. The texture should be something like a good risotto: slightly clumping and just liquid enough to flow. Cover tightly and chill until ready to serve.

Step 4Dice half the radishes into one-fourth inch pieces and stir into the rice. Cut remaining radishes into one-eighth-inch slivers.

Step 5Season the rice to taste with salt and add a little more milk if necessary to correct the texture. Mound the chilled rice on a serving platter and scatter the reserved cashews and slivered radishes over top.

Each serving:
217 calories; 6 grams protein; 28 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 9 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 9 mg. cholesterol; 37 mg. sodium.
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