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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tomato Rice & Creamy Blueberry Smoothie


Call it whether biryani / pulao / bhath / rice depending upon the cooking method and ingredients used, I prepare several versions of tomato rice. I have already posted a couple of them. This particular dish is really a simple one with south Indian tadka touch and a favorite one at our home.

Ingredients:
1.5 cups Basmati rice
2 tomatoes
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp skinned black gram / urad dal
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cardamom
Few curry leaves
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
2 onions
1.5 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp toasted cashews for garnish

Method:
* Grind tomatoes finely. Add water to it and approximately make about 3 cups of juice.
* Wash the rice thoroughly and drain. Add the tomato juice and turmeric powder to the rice and pressure cook.
* Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and uraddal. When they start to brown add cardamom, curry leaves and onions. Saute onions until they turn translucent.
* Then add salt, coriander powder, chili powder and amchur powder to the pan and fry for a minute.
* Next add the rice cooked in tomato juice and mix well.
* Turn off the stove and let the rice sit for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with cashews.

Check here to know what other marathoners are cooking during BM#18.

Creamy Blueberry Smoothie:
The last weeks of spring gave us a glimpse of how summer is going to be this year. The whole US is under heat wave for weeks now and there seems to be no respite. We are trying to cool ourselves with shakes, smoothies and such.
Here is an yummy and cool smoothie perfect for these sultry days. Frozen blueberries and banana combined with yummy ice cream and vanilla yogurt result in a creamy and filling smoothie.

I blended together a cup of frozen blueberries, a small banana, 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt and 1/2 cup of  ice cream. Add a sweetener if preferred.


Sending this to Priya's "Veggie / Fruit A Month" event hosted this month by Harini-Jaya with the theme Blue berries.

Comments

21 comments:

The Pumpkin Farm said...

i want to eat both the things ...they look so inviting

Chef Mireille said...

appetizing rice and yummy smoothie - in NY too it is so hot - been making lots of smoothies - this one looks fab

Maayeka said...

I love tomato bhath so can try every version:)smoothie looks tempting..loved the beautiful colour!

Prathibha said...

Love the color of both..especially the smoothie..rich n creamy

Priya said...

Seriously both makes me hungry..Cant take my eyes from that creamy smoothie.

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

i love both the recipes.. i want to have them...

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Kavi said...

such colorful dishes! Yum!

Srivalli said...

Both look so good to have right now!

PJ said...

Very easy and delicious rice.The smoothie looks creamy and inviting...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I don't know which one I like better -- the rice or the smoothie! Looks fabulous!

Spice up the Curry said...

very yummy rice and delicious smoothie... awesome

Srimathi said...

I like tomato rice, Looks very delicious.

Apu said...

Love both the recipes!!

ericaw' said...

omom both look very delicious! (: U have a nice blog.. but now I am hungry :DDD



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Nalini's Kitchen said...

Yummy and delicious looking rice...

Champa said...

Very nice pictures. Tomato pulao is something everyone can eat.

rekhas kitchen said...

lovely combination both rice and smoothi tomato rice is my favorite and smoothi looks so tempting with that beautiful color.

Pavani said...

Tomato rice is one of my go-to dishes when pressed for time.. Yours looks delicious.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Cooking rice in tomato juice sounds like a very interesting way to make tomato rice.

The blueberry smoothie is yumm. I make this all the time but without the ice cream :) Thanks for sending all your blueberry creations.

Sadaf Afshan said...

Both the rice and smoothie loook awesome.

Susan said...

Love this! I'm a smoothie fan too! There's a facebook page that post awesome smoothie recipes that I thought you might like!

Here is the URL: http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Smoothie-Recipes/415278688519154

the also have a website called: www.all-smoothie-recipes.com

Thanks for posting