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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Spinach - Soya Rice


We are into second week of Blogging Marathon # 13 and I am going with "Easy Lunchbox Recipes for Kids - Rice" as my theme. I am supposed to post quick, easy and kid friendly rice dishes this whole week. My younger one never carries rice to school and the older one rarely does but still this week should be a breeze considering the fact that I come from a region where rice is grown and consumed predominantly.
The first one among the series is going to be this easy, healthy, protein packed spinach - soy chunks rice that I once saw on a television cook show. The green chillies are the only ingredient here that decides whether this dish is going to be "adult friendly" or "kid friendly" and so use them accordingly. My kids love this dish and I do it too. If your family doesn't like soy chunks, substitute peas or any other beans that may work for you.

Ingredients: (Yield 3 servings)
1 cup Basmati rice 1 to 1.5 cups chopped spinach (I used 10 oz frozen spinach and thawed it in the microwave before using it.)
1/2 cup soy(a) chunks
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 green chilies (3 is perfect for grownups. If serving young kids, 1 or 2 chilies will do.)
1 onion
1 tsp amchur powder (or a little more)

Preparation:
1. Cook rice adding 2 cups of water. Keep aside and let cool.
2. Soak soy chunks in hot water for about 5 minutes or as needed and then squeeze out the water.

Method:
* Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they start to brown, add chillies and minced onion. Fry until it turns translucent.
* Add minced spinach next and cook until done. (If you prefer a green hued rice, grind the spinach and saute.) Add salt and soy chunks and saute for a couple of minutes.
* Then add the amchur powder and rice to the spinach mixture. Mix well and turn off the stove.


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Comments

25 comments:

Rasi said...

Looks nice :)..iron & protein packed!

Smitha said...

healthy and protein filled!....looks delicous!

sangee vijay said...

very healthy and delicious combo...rice looks inviting dear!!

Usha said...

Looks delicious & healthy as well!

Harini said...

We like the combo of spinach and soy chunks too. But my older one prefers that the spinach not tickle her tongue :)

Hema said...

A very healthy and protein-rich rice, looks very appealing..

Srimathi said...

Mine refuses to take rice. I have a hard time. Love the look of the green spinach rice.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

lovely combination, a must try

Sravs said...

healthy combo and unique one-pot meal !!

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Kalyani said...

wonderful combo suma :)

Also bookmarked several of ur eggless goodies from the BM last week. will try them soon !


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Vardhini said...

Both spinach and soya are my favorites. Rice looks yummy.

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Chef Mireille said...

looks good

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

i love soya chunks & spinach.. so this is just perfect! looks yummy

Kadhyaa said...

first time here and a great space..the rice prepartion looks great!

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Sharmilee! :) said...

Healthy and yummy rice

Srivalli said...

So nice that you decided to take up this challenge even though your kids don't take packed lunches..will surely be of great help to me..:))..needless to say rice looks very inviting..

Aarthi said...

This looks totally delicious..I would love to try this..Bookmarked.

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Gayathri Kumar said...

Very nutritious and delicious rice...

kitchen queen said...

healthy and delicious rice.

Preeti Garg said...

Awesome....

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SnehaPrasad said...

I tried this recipe with menthi, everyone liked it as our family like soya chunks...

Rujuta said...

Great combination of spinach and soya.. Love your healthy yet delicious recipes...
Rice looks delicious..

Archana said...

Bookmarked. Love the flavours.

Hemavathi Murari said...

Soya fan, so anything with it would be so sweet to prepare in my kitchen.


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Archana said...

Wow I love this one dear. Bookmarking it