This was our breakfast today. It is a typically Assamese dish. It does require a certain amount of effort, but the best part is that once prepared, it can be stored upto a month, and can be used as an instant porridge. All one needs to do is add hot milk along with any fresh or dry fruits. In fact it can be had just like any other cereal. Traditionally, it is had with hot milk and melted jaggery(gur) and bananas. It is very filling and forms a good start to the day.
Wash and soak a certain amount of rice( of preference) in water for an hour.
Drain the water completely and spread over clean newspapers so as to make the rice more dry. The paper will absorb most of the moisture. Do this for a couple of hours, turning the rice every now and then.
Heat a wok (or pan). Add the rice and fry over medium heat until the rice becomes crisp and dry. It may brown a little, but take care not to burn. It has to be stirred frequently.
Add the fried rice to a blender while still hot and grind almost to a powder (a little bit may be grainy).
When it has cooled it can be stored in airtight containers for a minimum of one month.
Once the ricemeal has been prepared, it can be used with hot milk, yoghurt fresh/dry fruits…you name it.
We had our bowls of rice porridge with hot milk, raisins and drizzled with spoonfuls of melted jaggery(gur). Yummmm!!!