Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tomato -Vegetable Rice

Tomato - Vegetable Rice is a Rice dish and good for breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner. It is very easy and quick to prepare. It can be packed for kids lunch box for schools and office too. It is good for travels, ladies kitty party(Pot Luck) and all type of parties.

I have used Sona - Masoori Rice and some vegetables with spices. Added little curd to give some aroma and tangy taste.
Let us see some benefits of eating " Clove" in our diet.
Cloves contain many medicinal and healthy properties. They are good for controlling diabetes. They are loaded with antiseptic, anti oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent properties. They keep the body warm and soothing. (Rubefacient). They do have sweet aromatic pleasant fragrances. They help to improve and provide aid in digestion and constipation problems. They are good for strong bones. They are rich in minerals like potassium, manganese. iron, sodium, zinc, calcium and magnesium. Potassium helps in controlling the heart beat rate and blood pressure. They are rich with Vitamin A and beta carotene levels. (They are known as antioxidant properties. They are rich source of Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B -1, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and Vitamin C. Intake of Vitamin C helps the body to develop resistance against infection and harmful oxygen free radicals.
Please do remember to not to use cloves in large quantity. It can cause gastrointestinal irritation. disorder in central nervous system. People who suffer from stomach ulcer. Avoid eating cloves during pregnancy.
Let us see the recipe Now:

Things Needed : 

Sona Masoori Rice : 2 Cups
 Carrots : 2
Capsicum : 1
Potato : 3 to 4 (Small ones)
Tomatoes : 2
Grated Ginger : 1 Teaspoon
Onion : 1 (Big size)
Green chilly : 1
Cloves : 5 to 6
Cinnamon sticks : 3 to 4 pieces (small pieces).
Cardamom : 2
Curd/Yogurt : 1/2 Cup
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Oil : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : To Taste
Rasam Powder : 1 Tablespoon

Method : 

1. Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes
2 Wash and cut all the vegetables . (According to your wish). Big/Small

3. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
4. Keep a pan on the fire. Heat and then put ghee and oil.
5. Add spices, like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom

.6 Add cut onions and fry nicely. Add cut carrots, capsicum and potatoes. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

7. Add cut tomatoes and grated ginger. Mix all the vegetables nicely and stir for a while.
8. Add Rasam powder and fry nicely for a minute.

9. Add soaked rice. (Remove all the water before adding to fried vegetables).
10. Stir nicely for a minute. Add turmeric powder. (Half teaspoon)
11. Now put off the fire and add required salt. Mix it well. Add curd and mix it nicely.

12. Put the fried rice and vegetables to a cooker. (Pressure cooker or electrical cooker).
13. Add required water and cut coriander leaves. Let it cook for 20 to 25 minutes. (Pressure cooker)

14. Shift the ready "Tomato - Vegetable Rice " to a serving dish"
15. Add coconut gratings on the top and serve. (Adding coconut is optional).
Note :
Use of different varieties of rice is optional. (Check the ration). Adding more spices is optional.
Adding curd is optional. ( You can cook with out curd too). Adding garlic to the dish is optional.
Adding garam masala /Any other masala is optional. Adding rasam of any brand is optional.
Use of more chilly is optional. Use of pressure cooker /electrical cooker is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5.

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