We love the scent of the curry leaves in this southern Indian-style dish; they are available fresh and frozen.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt butter with oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add cumin and mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begin to pop (about 30 seconds), add curry leaves (take care, as mixture will splatter) and asafetida. Fry 30 seconds.

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  • Add onion, garlic, chiles, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and turmeric and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are softened and beginning to caramelize around the edges of the pan, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water and scrape up any browned bits. Add rice and stir to coat. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt if needed. Serve, sprinkled with cilantro.

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