Namkeen Oliya

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Namkeen Oliya (Rice with Yogurt and Dried Nuts) is a traditional Rajasthani dish made using rice, yogurt, and dried nuts and fruits. It is specially made for the festival of Sheetala Ashtami.

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Namkeen oliya served in a bowl.
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About Namkeen Oliya

Namkeen Oliya (Rice with Yogurt and Dried Nuts) is a traditional Rajasthani dish prepared with yogurt, cooked rice, nuts, and spices. It is served in almost all the Marwari households in summer when the heat is at its peak.

It is quite similar to South Indian Curd Rice but has added nuts for crunchiness, and there is no tempering.

Namkeen Oliya is popularly prepared during Sheetala Ashtami, a religious day that comes after Holi. On this day, people eat cold food prepared the day before. But at home, we love to enjoy it for a light, comforting lunch on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

This recipe needs simple everyday ingredients such as plain yogurt (dahi), cooked rice, almonds, cashews, raisins, cumin powder, yellow mustard seed powder, cilantro (fresh coriander leaves), and salt.

Namkeen Oliya is a great way to use up leftover rice. If you are cooking fresh rice, cool it down completely before mixing it with the yogurt.

Storage Suggestions

This is a great dish to prepare ahead of time. Prepare and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy it chilled, or leave it on the counter to come to room temperature before serving.

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Namkeen Oliya is a traditional Rajasthani dish especially made for the festival of Sheetala Ashtami. Here is how to make it.
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Namkeen Oliya Recipe (Rice with Yogurt and Dried Nuts)

Namkeen Oliya (Rice with Yogurt and Dried Nuts) is a traditional Rajasthani dish especially made for the festival of Sheetala Ashtami. Here is how to make it.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (dahi, curd)
  • ½ cup cooked and cooled rice
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons slivered cashew nuts
  • 10-12 whole raisins
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds powder
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Instructions 

  • Add yogurt to a medium mixing bowl and whisk using a wire whisk or a mathani until smooth and creamy.
  • Add cooked rice, almonds, cashew nuts, raisins, roasted cumin powder, and yellow mustard seeds powder to the bowl and mix well.
  • Add little milk if the oliya is too thick. Its consistency should be like that of curd rice.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and pomegranate kernels.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours and serve chilled.

Notes

If you are cooking fresh rice, cool it down completely before mixing it with yogurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 64IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 95mg, Iron: 1mg
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