Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism. The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat. The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion. The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.
Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida and red chillies. When the mustard seeds splutter add leelva and ginger and green chilli pastes and sauté for a minute. Add rice and sauté for two to three minutes.
Add three cups of boiling water and salt. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the rice is cooked and all the water has been absorbed. Serve hot, garnished with coriander and green garlic.
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