Turmeric Rice With Betel Leaves (Paan)

Last fall I harvested two shopping bags full of turmeric and kept them indoors all winter. I replanted some of them the other day, some I cleaned up to keep for use in the kitchen, the rest I tossed into the leaf litter at the edge of the woods where the hosta grows just to see if they would plant themselves and grow. Turmeric plants are just as pretty as a hostas.

turmeric rice

 

So, with turmeric on my mind I decided to use some in a rice dish. I also wanted to flavor the rice with recently purchased paan (betel leaves).

betel leaves

 

I finely chopped a few betel leaves and added them to the salted water in which the rice was cooked.

turmeric rice

 

While the rice was cooking I dry roasted some raw peanuts.

turmeric rice

 

I wasn’t sure if Faye would like the pronounced fragrant flavor of paan so I included plenty of other strong flavors in the dish so it wouldn’t be so conspicuous.

In a hot oiled skillet I sautéed chopped curry leaves, asafetida and an assortment of spices which had been coarsely ground with mortar and pestle:

  • coriander seeds
  • mustard seeds
  • cumin seeds
  • cardamom seeds
  • clove
  • stick cinnamon
  • fennel seeds

turmeric rice

 

To the sautéing spices I added onions, garlic, green chilis, sweet red pepper and kosher salt.

green chilis

turmeric rice

turmeric rice

 

Next I added thinly sliced turmeric and carrots.

turmeric rice

turmeric rice

 

After a few minutes I mixed in the roasted peanuts followed by the cooked rice.

turmeric rice

turmeric rice

turmeric rice

turmeric rice

 

The paan flavor and aroma was quite intense after cooking with the rice, but it blended in nicely with the flavors of the other ingredients and spices.

turmeric rice

 



 

 


7 thoughts on “Turmeric Rice With Betel Leaves (Paan)

    1. As I was visualizing and planning this I learned that there is a South Indian dish with similar ingredients. It never fails that when I think I have come up with something new and different I learn otherwise. There is nothing new under the sun!

      Turmeric is very easy to grow. So is ginger. It’s best to plant early in spring after danger of deep frost.

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