Quick fixes are essential in a busy-paced, hectic lifestyle, and what better a quick fix than Masala Rice, which can be cooked easily and had with just about anything including curd, pickle and papad.
Firstly, the rice needs to be washed and drained for about 10 minutes before allowing it to dry on a clean kitchen towel for 5-7 minutes. Next, peanuts and cashew nuts need to be lightly roasted in oil before adding asafoetida, cumin and mustard seeds and roasting them lightly. Coriander and curry leaves go in next, and rice goes in later.
Mix and stir-fry this mixture well with a flat spatula for at least 4-5 minutes, taking care to not break the rice grains.
Add cumin powder, mustard powder, turmeric powder, sambar masala powder, and red chilli powder, citric acid, and salt. Mix well and transfer the mixture to a large vessel, adding 2.5 cups of water. Stir it and cover until the rice is done. Your Masala Rice is ready.