September 20, 2012

Mixed Vegetable Rice

Today I'm sharing my favorite rice dish, which I cook every Sunday afternoon. This dish is not only  healthy food but also tastes good. I consider it as healthy food because, all vegetables used in cooking are very good for health.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins

Rice - 2 cups
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - 1 medium
Cardamon - 3 cloves
Cloves - 3
Shahjeera - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Carrots chopped - 1 cup
Beans chopped - 1/2 cup
Corn - 1/2 cup
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Onions - 2
Chillies - 2
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1 pinch
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8 pcs
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp

Cooking process:
1. Wash rice neatly and soak it for 30 mins
2. In a pan heat 2 tbsp of oil and add cardamon, cinnamon, cloves and shahjeera. Let them fry for 2 mins.
3. Add vertically chopped onions, chopped chillies  and pinch of turmeric in to the pan. Fry them until the onions turn translucent.
4. Add ginger- garlic paste, mix it well and leave it for 2 mins.
5. Add chopped carrots, beans, corn and peas to the pan and mix them well. Leave the mixture for 5 mins on medium flame.
6. Add chilli powder, coriander powder and salt to the mixture and mix well.
7. Cook for 5 mins in completely low flame.
8. Add these completely cooked mixture to soaked rice. Add 6 cups of water in to the rice bowl.
9. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix the rice and vegetables well.
10. If you are cooking in electric cooker then it might take some 20 mins to cook. If you prefer to cook the rice in Pressure cooker then make sure you turn off after 2 whistles.
11. In the mean fry cashew nuts and keep them aside.

Garnish the rice with fried cashew nuts and possible with mint leaves. Serve with Carrot raitha.

Carrot Raitha:
1. Chop 1 medium onion, grate 2 medium carrots and chop 1 chilli
2. Add them to 2 cups of yogurt.
3. Add salt to taste.

Mixed vegetable rice with Carrot raitha


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