Spicy Manathakali (sun-berries) Rice

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Spicy Manathakali (sun-berries) Rice
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HAPPY EARTH DAY ALL! IT IS DREARY here, but we are on a well and welcome the rain!
I was in panic mode having spend a guilty amount of time going through blogger and commenting and when I looked up at the clock it was past 5pm! Two hungry kids returned from school with great expectations and I had not a thing in mind that could be accomplished in 30 minutes, that I had not already blogged… crises averted when I saw the beautiful rice on Pushpa’s blog, Taste As You Cook

It was cinchy recipe wise and I had Manathakali (also known as Black Nightshade) ready to go and go I did with a few modifications – funny how rare this has become considering my mom grew these in her front and back yard and I used to love the tart sweetness of it, plucked straight off the plant, totally organic!!! When i asked my son to take a picture, this is what he did before clicking – An Ernie look alike! :)
Spicy Manathakali Rice
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Ingredients
1.5 cups of rice
1 onion finely chopped
3-4 red dry chilies crushed
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 tbsp of dried sun berries
Tempering with mustard, jeera & Hing
Garnish with cashews (optional)
2tbsp of oil
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Preparation
Cook your rice
In the meantime, chop your veggies
Temper the mustard, jeera and hing
Throw in the crushed garlic and chopped onions
And finally the berries
Add salt and switch off flame
Now cool the rice a bit so that it does not get mushy as you mix it with the curry.
Garnish with cashews and a sprig of mint
Enjoy with appalams or with beans curry like we did!

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April 22, 2011

46 Comments

  1. Hey, you know what I was asking Pushpa about what this manthakali was and she explained me just this morning. Great looking rice. Where do you get these berries? In Indian store?

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  2. manathakkali my favorite ..but here i don't find it :(….this is a new recipe to me…very innovative and the rice looks so inviting…thanx for the recipe !!!

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  3. Healthy rice recipe,new to me,would love to try.

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  4. New and intreasting recipe…It looks very rich…

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  5. very interesting dish..but it looks very tempting and delicious…

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  6. This is an awesome dish. I love manthakali and I just mix it with rice. I never thought it could be jazzed up this way. Love it :-)

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  7. Very interesting dish! I love the Ernie likeness :) Well done!

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  8. You should probably post a picture of this sun berries you are referring to. I have absolutely no clue what this is !!

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  9. My my ..i have never come across a recipe using manathakkali:-) didn't even know that dried sun berries are available :-) Wud love to try this recipe!! Bookmarked!!

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  10. This looks delicious! Would be great with just any curry! You have a lovely site here. Thank you for stopping by my site. Have a lovely weekend!

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  11. Great! Its been ages since I have seen anything made with Manathakali! A very new rice recipe!

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  12. Looks so yummy.

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  13. I have a plant in my backyard and I am going to prepare this soon..

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  14. looks Fabulous and spicy:)

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  15. Dried manathankalli fried along with onions mixed with rice is a favorite meal at home. But never thought of making it as a rice. My hubby will love this.

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  16. This was my favourite lunch box dish…it looks tempting and aromatic..

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  17. Healthy and flavorful rice Priya.. Nice recipe..

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  18. Very interesting

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  19. Rice dish looks delicious. Awesome preparation. Excellent garnishing as well. Already drooling just n=by looking at the monitor.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  20. Hey Priya..even I have bookmarked this from Pushpa's blog…looks so nice.

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  21. Hi! I love your site and just saw your comment on my blog regarding Charlottesville! We are here until May (my husband is getting his MBA at Darden at UVA). We love Whitehall and Kings Family – great to go and tailgate for a polo match too! I love c-ville and we are going to miss it so much!!!! So great to meet another local!

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  22. Awesome Priya! I love this rice and it makes me very nostalgic as I used to love this rice as a kid. Would have ghee fried manathankali to hot steaming rice and a pinch of salt. Slurp! Slurp!

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  23. By the way, I've given you an award today over at Deep Dish :)

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  24. I am sure it would have tasted great

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  25. make mathakkali rice- but not as elaborate as u made! good one

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  26. What a lovely rice. It is no wonder that your children enjoyed it. I know I would. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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  27. Hi, never knew that we could add fried onions to manathakali. A great way to save your day and your hungry kids!!

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  28. Wow delicious sun-berries rice,very good preparation.

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  29. manthakali is new to me. What is the Indian name for this?

    Rice looks beautiful I love the Ernie look a lot.

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  30. This look like a tasty rice preparation.

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  31. Even though this was a last minute dinner plan, it looks like it came together really well! I hope your kids enjoyed it!

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  32. Lovely and yummy rice..great recipe dear :)

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  33. Delicious Rice!!!!never tried manathakali with veggies!!! very tempting!!!

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  34. this doesnt look like a suddenly made dinner but a real treat……..

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  35. Delicious, flavorful & totally new!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  36. This is ultimately new would love to eat right away 😀

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  37. Wat a wonderful rice, personally i love very much manathakali but never tried in rice, delicious!

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  38. Never heard of these berries, the dish looks very good, I guess I will have to find these berries !

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  39. You have a really nice blog, Priya :) And I have heard of these berries in Kerala, never knew they could be used this way!

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