Tri- color pearls fried rice

Celebration time !!! ๐Ÿ˜€

15 August 1947, India rang in it’s independent status from being a British Colony !!

India has been invaded several times, ruled for 331 years by the Mughals, followed by the British for another almost 100 years.

Every ruler has been successful in leaving its physical and cultural mark on this nation of 1.27 billion !!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Quite crowded, aren’t we ? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will not go into the history of India’s independence, The Google God has most of the answer for it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

Pakhi was to attend a potluck gathering with her bunch of friends, as Independence Week celebration with the obvious theme of tri-color of the Indian flag. Menu was decided by them and each of us moms’ were given one item to cook.

Now Pakhi wanted something unique for her friends to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over it ๐Ÿ˜‰ and i wanted to keep things a bit easier because it was a working day for me :/, so ultimately settled on Pearly Fried rice !!

motia pulao

Here’s what i did………..


For the pearls :

150 gms – cottage cheese

1 tbsp – refined flour or corn flour

Few drops ofย green and dark yellow/orangeย cake color


For the fried rice:

250 gms – uncooked basmati rice

1 cup – fried onions

1 cup – finely chopped onion

1 tsp – grated ginger

1 nos – bay leaf

1/2 tsp – peppercorns

salt to taste


For the tempering :

2 sticks – cinnamon

4-5 nos – cloves

2-3 nos – mace

2-3 nos- small cardamom

2 nos – star anise

1 tsp – clarified butter / ghee


Mix and mash together cottage cheese and refined flour, as smooth as possible. Divide the mix into three parts. Add green and dark yellow color to the two portions and leave the third portion white.

Make tiny pearl sized balls.

cottage cheese pearls

Shallow fry them and keep aside.

Wash the rice and keep it soaked 20 mins prior to cooking.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil and temper with bay leaf, peppercorns and grated ginger. Fry for a min and add the chopped onions. Fry for 2 mins. Drain the rice and add. Stir it lightly so that the oil coats it. Add salt and water. Cover and cook till rice is done. ( I sealed it with dough and cooked on ‘dum’ ).

Prepare the tempering with all the ingredients given and pour it on the rice. Mix and cover it for another 10 mins for the flavor and aroma to be infused into the rice.

Fold in the cottage cheese pearls gently and serve.

Tri color pearl fried rice

Happy cooking !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wishing all a very Happy Independence Day, 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo courtesy : Google

Photo courtesy : Google

Vande Matram !!!

Cheers !! ๐Ÿ˜€







About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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17 Responses to Tri- color pearls fried rice

  1. radhikasethi says:

    Looks delectable! ๐Ÿ˜‹ great idea to color the paneer!

  2. Wow awesome Andy:-) superb idea

  3. Malar says:

    Super cool Andy ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. apsara says:

    very creative! Rice made so interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Very innovative thought Andy. ..looks delish. ..happy independence day….

  6. Jaspreet says:

    Lovely idea. How much time do you cook on dum? Does the flame have to be on medium heat.

  7. acbistro says:

    10 mins on low flame and do not open the container. Give it at least 20 -25 mins before you uncover it ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. shailja says:

    These teeny tiny paneer balls are looking so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Sophie33 says:

    The rice dish looks lovely & appetizing & fun to make too!

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