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Rice Sticks

For Elizabeth J. Rowe <erowe02@xxxxxxxxx> who requested recipes using rice
sticks -

I make an Indian style salad with them. I will try to approximate an recipe
from what I do, as I don't usually use recipes/measures.

1 cup of rice sticks soaked in boiling water for about 15 minutes
Juice of 1 lemon (I use meyer lemon, they are more flavorful and juicier)
about a tsp of salt
1/2 - 1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 dried hot red pepper
1 pinch of asafoetida (can be easily omitted)
1/8tsp of turmeric
a bunch of curry leaves (can be omitted)
a few cilantro leaves finely minced for garnish.

After the rice sticks have softened, transfer the rice sticks to a colander
and drain the water completely. Heat a small pan, spray with a little oil/Pam
if you like and add the mustard seeds and asafoetida. When the mustard seeds
start to splutter, add the turmeric and the dried red hot pepper. As soon as
the pepper turns a shade darker, add the curry leaves, give the mixture a
good stir and add to the rice sticks. Add the salt and lemon juice to the
rice sticks and gently toss the entire salad together. Garnish with cilantro 
and serve. The dish can also be garnished with a few crushed peanuts, if you

-- Nalini.