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Friday, June 1, 2007

Spinach Rice

Vangi bhath powder is a 'must have' ingredient in my kitchen. It comes handy to prepare versatile rice dishes fit for any parties or when I am in a mood to go for easy breezy kind of stuff. I use the basic recipe and just change the vegetables to create dishes with different texture and tastes. Here is one such simple, yet very scrumptious rice dish which is a meal by itself. To nutritious spinach, I added some colorful carrots for flavor and a vitamin boost, added them to rice and spiced up with the vangibhath powder. Voila! Colorful and tasty spinach rice is ready.

This is my 'S' entry for Nupur's A- Z Indian vegetable event.

Sona masuri rice - 1 cup heaped
Spinach - A bunch (you would need around a cup of cooked spinach) or 10 oz frozen spinach
Carrots - 2
Vangibhath Powder (Home made or MTR brand) - 3 - 4 Tbsp (Less or more depending upon the spiciness preferred)
Cashews - 1 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Chana dal - 1 tsp
Few Curry leaves
Oil - 4 tbsp
Salt Preparation: Cook the rice with two cups of water in a pressure cooker.
If using fresh spinach, chop the leaves finely. Peel the carrots and chop them into one inch pieces.
To minimise the usage of oil, I cook fresh/frozen spinach and carrots individually in the microwave.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and chana dal. When chanadal turns red and mustard seeds start to pop, add cashews and curry leaves. Toast them for a few seconds. You add the microwave cooked veggies now.
(If you have not cooked the veggies in the microwave already, then add chopped spinach and carrots to the pan and fry them on low flame till they are cooked).
Fry the cooked veggies for a couple of minutes. By the time, the spinach would have turned a darker shade. Add the vangibhath powder and salt. Adjust them according to the taste preferences. Stir the whole mixture properly so that all the rice and vegetables are uniformly coated with the vangibhath powder. Turn off the stove.
Serve hot with some potato chips or raita.
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Vcuisine said...

Suma, wonderful recipe to share. Tks. Viji

Coffee said...

WHOA!!!! That looks cool!!! Lovely rice dish!! :)
Do you have the recipe for vangibhath powder as well??

Anonymous said...

suma, do you have a recipe for vangibath powder?


Nupur said...

Yummy! I love the picture with the glistening cashew...makes the dish even more appealing!

Asha said...

I am drooling here.Amazingly good Suma.love the photo as well.

Kribha said...

Looks so nice Suma. Perfect healthy dish. I do not have vangibath powder right now. Will store it in future and try this recipe. These one pot dishes are always my favorite. Thanks for sharing this.

Richa said...

looks awesome!! and healthy too :)

Aruna said...

Suma, Lovely spinach rice u have in there, awesome!!! I have my version of it will post it !!!

Shivapriya said...

WOW, this brilliant.

Suma Gandlur said...


Coffee & Bee,
Thanks. I am going to post the recipe soon.

Suma Gandlur said...

Nupur, Asha

Give it a try. I assure you that you are going to love it.

Richa, padmaja

Suma Gandlur said...

Thanks. Waiting for your version.

Swapna said...

That looks like one royal rice.I am going to try it the next time I buy Spinach.

Seema Bhat said...

I too use Vangiboth powder everwhere. Love the aroma of it and MTR brand is the best among the lot. Lovely picture buddy.

Priyanka said...

looks yummy and healthy!!! will definitely try it out.

Kribha said...

Yum. Spinach rice with cashews? I'm coming over. I've not tried this before. Nice recipe. will try it sometime.

Siri said...

Yummm! Recipe looks so easy. Will try this today.