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Friday, September 26, 2014

Methi Rice ~ Lunch Box Recipes

Rice dishes are one of the easiest and probably more frequently packed lunch box items among Indian households. And so, I thought of posting a quick and yummy rice dish for today's post. This dish can be customized according to one's preferred spice levels and so works for all kids who like rice dishes and fresh fenugreek leaves. To make it a substantial meal, fried paneer / tofu cubes can also be added to this rice.

Ingredients: (3-4 servings)
1 cup Basmati Rice
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cashews
1 big onion, sliced
1 - 2 green chillies (I used 2 and it was spicy enough for us. Reduce the quantity for kids or add little chili powder at the final stages of cooking.)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 bunch fresh fenugreek leaves / methi leaves (At least 2 cups packed)
Salt to taste

* Wash and soak Basmati rice in water for 15 - 20 minutes. Drain and cook adding 2 cups of water. (I used a pressure cooker.)
* Heat oil and add cashews. Toast them until golden brown and remove them with a slotted spoon and keep them aside.
* To the same oil, add green chillies and onion and fry until onion turns translucent. Then add roughly chopped methi leaves, turmeric powder and salt.
* Keep sauteeing until methi leaves wilt and are cooked. Next add the cooked rice, toasted cashews and mix well.
* Pack along with a can of yogurt. 

This is my contribution to Indusladies Recipe book with the theme "Kids Lunch Box". 
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vaishali sabnani said...

We have a similar methi rice along with peas..tastes really delicious and perfect for lunch!.

Priya Suresh said...

Very flavourful methi rice, prefect lunchbox.

Usha said...

Rice is grainy and perfectly cooked. That is one tempting lunch box! I love such rice dishes. As you said, this dish can be customized and I add some veggies this.

Usha said...

Actually, just read the procedure and I make it more like a pulao and never tried this way. Will try this next time.

Jayanthi said...

I've never made methi rice....should definitely give this recipe a try they look awesome.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Good one. Love the greens in rice.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Methi rice is such a lovely idea. Healthy and looks colorful :)

Pavani N said...

Love that quick and easy one pot dish.

Srivalli said...

The box looks so inviting and what a lovely colour the methi has given to the rice Suma..very nice one..

Archana Potdar said...

Perfect lunch. Love the colour.

Ugo Colombo said...

Thanks for sharing this easy rice lunch recipe idea. Good read.

Priya Srinivasan said...

Simple and flavorful rice!