Rice: Nature’s Blessing
India has been blessed with variety of food culture. Each region of India has its own authentic
traditional recipes. I am from Konkan region of Maharashtra where Rice and Fish is the staple
food being a coastal region. Rice is an integral part of cooking and there are many delicious and
healthy recipes made out of rice in Konkan.
Rice has always been pictured as a “bad guy” and labeled as a causative factor behind obesity
and diabetes. “Avoid rice to lose weight and control diabetes” has been a most common advice
given. But we tend to overlook the fact that since hundreds of years rice has been the staple
grain of coastal regions of India and South Indian states.
Rice comes from Cereal family and has similar properties like wheat, jowar , bajra except rice
has less dietary fiber compared to others. To fulfill deficiency of dietary fiber and proteins, rice
has been always paired with dal, sambar, pulses, fish, chicken and curd to make it a wholesome
meal. Excluding rice from food plate is NOT an answer. We need to learn to eat rice along with
high protein and high fiber dishes.
On my plate: Amboli along with black pea usal and delicious red coconut chutney
Amboli is typical Konkani dish made from soaking rice and urad dal overnight to ferment;
blending them together in a mixer and making circular sized amboli (like dosa but thicker) on an
iron tawa. Amboli is usually served with Black peas usal which is again authentic Konkani dish
rich in protein and fiber and coconut chutney providing good quality fats.
P.S. Everything on my plate made by my MOM from scratch which makes this dish very special
and closest to my heart.