The Krishna Meal

rice with turmeric:

Kim from Daytona Beach in Florida wrote me a few days ago with this request:

“I’m trying to locate a Hare Krishna recipe that was served weekly at the University of Florida in Gainesville. It was simply known as the “Krishna Meal”.

It featured a grain…more than likely rice or couscous or a combination, along with pine nuts, raisins, small diced red peppers (very few), was yellow in color and somewhat sweet in taste. I’d like to prepare this for a friend that has very fond memories of the dish. thanks in advance for your assistance. kb”

My reply:

Well it sounds like a specialty of the Gainsville devotees. I would say it is not a standard recipe. Maybe you can get in contact with the Gainesville Hare Krishna temple.

If I was to cook it according to your description of contents I would say you would need:

1 cup basmati rice
1.75 cups water
tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon salt
a scant 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
a scant1/4 cup golden raisins
a scant1/4 cup finely red bell peppers
maybe a scant 1/4 cup cooked green peas
little sprinkle cumin powder
couple cloves
tiny piece cinnamon stick

I would bring the water to the boil, along with the salt, turmeric, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, with tight lid. Meanwhile in another pot, heat oil, add rice, bell pepper, toast for 1 minute. Add boiling water/spices etc.

Simmer with tight lid over small heat for 20 minutes, remove from heat, keep lid on. 5 minutes later fold in cooked peas, raisins and pine nuts. Let me know how it goes. Best wishes!

(If any of my readers know more about this “Krishna Meal”, let me know).
Posted by Kurma on 3/1/07; 12:16:24 AM

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