Spicy Puffed Rice (Borugulu) (Gluten Free and Vegan)

New Mexico Chiles are the dried form of the Red Anaheim Pepper. This chile has a thin flesh with an earthy chile flavor and undertones of wild cherries. This chile ranges from 2 – 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. The New Mexico Chile may be referred to as the California Chile or Chile Colorado. New Mexico Chiles are commonly used in Red Mexican or Southwestern sauces. This is a mildly hot chile. Scoville heat units 8,000 – 12,000.

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Serves: 4 cups

Ingredients

3 garlic cloves with the skin on
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon red chili powder (I used cayenne)
⅛ teaspoon salt (fine crystals)
⅛ teaspoon tumeric
4-5 dried chiles
3 curry leaves
¼ cup dried shredded coconut (desiccated coconut)
¼ cup cashews, roughly chopped
¼ cup peanuts, roughly chopped
4 cups puffed brown rice
few mint leaves, chopped
1 lime, for serving

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Instructions

Slightly crush the garlic cloves.
Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet over medium to medium-hight heat.
Add in the garlic, mustard seeds, cumin, chili powder, salt, tumeric, dried chiles and curry leaves. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring frequently to make sure the spices are well mixed and evenly coated in the oil, and to prevent the spices from burning.
Add in the peanuts and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Add in the cashews and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. The nuts should be lightly toasted by this point.
Add in the coconut and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Turn the heat to low, and add in the puffed rice. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently to coat the puffed rice with the oil and spices.
Allow to cool. At this point, this spicy puffed rice can be saved in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.
When serving, garnish with mint leaves and grate some lime zest over it. Serve with a slice of lime, to be squeezed right before eating (so it does not make it soggy).

Notes
You may want to remove the garlic cloves before serving.

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