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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spinach - Tomato Rice

During one of the previous marathons, Valli had asked the marathoners to create a facebook page for their blogs if they haven't done it already. Somehow I did not create one though I have a facebook account. I did it this week at last. Feel free to like it. :) :)
Today is the last day of blogging marathon#10. I chose "preparing ready mixes" for the first week and "lunchbox" theme for the second week. Here is a recap of what I posted so far during this marathon.

Mix for Pesara Sunnundalu / Moongdal Laddu
Instant Homemade Vermicelli Kheer Mix
Instant Homemade Sambhar Mix
Instant Homemade Idli Mix
Instant Homemade Upma Mix
Instant Homemade Dosa Mix
Instant Homemade Rasam Mix

Tomato Bhath
Avocado Rotis-Lauki Subzi
Quinoa-Masoordal Soup
Mixed Vegetable-Soy Chunks Curry
Spinach - Chickpea Wraps
Beans Koora & Palakoora Pappu

I started with a tomato rice recipe for this week's lunchbox theme and ending it with another tomato rice recipe. It may seem like too much in one week but trust me, they are entirely two different recipes and the two dishes are delicious in their own way.  One of my aunts prepares yummy rice dishes using koora podi (can be loosely translated as curry powder but not the one synonymous with Indian cuisine in the western world.) and I based this dish on that. Since the tomatoes are ground to a paste and fried, this dish is more like a spinach rice in tomato base. You can entirely leave out spinach if you wish and prepare it as a tomato rice and that tastes fabulous as well.

Ingredients: (6 servings)
2 cups rice (preferably sona masuri)
10 oz frozen spinach / Chopped leaves from a bunch of fresh spinach
4 tomatoes
2 onions
Salt to taste
For tadka:
3 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp peanuts
2 tsp mustard seeds
2  tsp chana dal / Bengal gram
2 tsp urad dal / split black gram
few curry leaves
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
To toast and powder: (Dry toast the ingredients, cool and powder them.)
2 Tbsp chana dal
2 Tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp coriander seeds
a few pinches of fenugreek / methi seeds
2 Tbsp grated, dried coconut
6 dried red chillies

* Cook rice adding about 4 cups of water.
* Thaw spinach if using frozen one.
* Grind the tomatoes and onions to a fine paste without adding water.
 Heat oil for tadka. Add peanuts, chanadal, urad dal and mustard seeds. When peanuts start turning golden brown, add turmeric and curry leaves. Then add the tomato - onion paste and fry until the mixture becomes a thick mass.
* Add spinach and cook for a few minutes. Then add the powder from C and salt as needed. Cook for a couple of minutes more and turn off the stove. Add the cooked rice and mix well.
* Serve warm with papad / chips.

Check here to find out what the other marathoners are cooking.


Vandana Rajesh said...

Delicious and healthy rice recipe. I generally make tomato rice, spinach is a wonderful addition to the tomato rice making it more flavourful and healthy.

Srivalli said...

Awesome Suma, I am sure that mixed rice must have tasted wonderful..I always prefer these rices to carry, mess free..:)..it's been great doing the BM with you as always!..thank you..as you know I enjoyed both your themes.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Spinach and tomato rice is a nice combination and flavourful rice variety ...looks yum

Kavi said...

Do go through the rules of my Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge that ends today & link your post there, if possible. :)

Kavi | Edible Entertainment

Priya said...

Super delicious and flavourful one pot meal...

Kaveri said...

Awesome looking rice. A healthy and fulfilling meal.

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Shanavi said...

I make this @ times but not with spinach combo, I also roast peanuts along with th eother spice mixture.. Adding spinach to the rice is totally a welcome idea. Will surely try next time Suma

Prathima Rao said...

Aromatic & delish!!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Pavani said...

Bookmarked. I think tomato rice in any form is delicious -- using koora podi sounds yummy.
Reg. the cast iron skillet you asked me on my blog: aa penam amma di. Last month India velli nappudu thechukunnanu. Naa chinnapati nunchi amma dhanni vaaduthondhi, I think she cleaned it like any other dish.. Andhukane cast iron ayina antha thellaga vundhi :-)

PJ said...

A different way to prepare this rice. Very healthy and great for the lunch box...

Aruna Manikandan said...

delicious combo....
wonderful recipe :)

Santosh Bangar said...

tempting healthy rice

The Pumpkin Farm said...

what a delicious combination Suma, very very inviting picture

Aarthi said...

wonderful rice dish

Spandana said...

Looks delicious and full of flavor!!

Nisha said...

Beautiful rice

Vardhini said...

Nice combo and the rice looks yummy .. It was fun to do the marathon with you and looking forward to another one Suma.

Raksha said...

Healthy recipe.
Do participate in the Desserts with Coconuts event and giveaway on my blog.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely tomato rice! Love the addition of spinach in it! I have never done it that way. Would certainly love to try your version.

Hey thanks for your condolence on teh death of my buddy's son. You had asked me why, right? I sent you a mail to your gmail account yesterday night with the reason.

I just didn't want to say it out in the open.

Take care. i will catch up with you soon.

vaishali sabnani said...

lovely looking rice....:)

Priya said...

Suma, seems u have missed linking you laddoos,coz i check twice the linky tools,i cant able to put my hands over ur laddoo entry,i'll take myself from ur space and include it in CWS roundup..Sorry,it wont happens in future..Thanks.

Kalyan said...

Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

Chitra said...

Its a healthy yummy combo !!

rajani said...


holidayrecipes said...

This spinach tomato rice looks like a really easy dish to make. I have been looking for things to cook for beginners because I don't have experience cooking indian food yet. I really enjoy cooking so far. It's fun to explore the internet and find new recipes constantly

Maayeka said...

very delicious , healthy and filling recipe.