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Spicy Arborio Vegetable Rice

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Saturday, January 10, 2009 | 7:49 PM

I had a packet of Arborio rice sitting in my pantry for over 2 months. Originally I wanted to make risotto but since I was out of white wine at home I decided to make a veggie rice with it. I have never cooked this rice before but I know that it was very starchy from watching food network. One of those moments which called me to go with the tide and come up with something that I have never prepared before. Used a lot of carrots, bell pepper, peanuts, rice bread croutons to make the rice. I thought it tasted a little like vangi bath and a little like Chinese fried rice. Did I like this one? Yes especially when it had peanuts and crunchy rice croutons in them.


Cutting Board
Measuring cup and Spoon
Saucepan with a lid


Arborio rice - 2 cups

Carrots - 2 cups finely chopped into tiny cubes

Bell Pepper - 1 cut in the same size as carrots

Peanuts - 1 cups toasted or roasted

Green Chilli - 1 ( add more for extra spice)

Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp

Channa dal - 1 tbsp

Udad dhal - 1 tbsp

Vangi bath powder - 2 tsp



Maggi chilli garlic sauce - 1/4 cup ( or add to your taste)

Spring onions - 2 tbsp

Water = 3 cups

Oil - 2 tbsp

Rice Bread - 4 silces toasted and cubed


1. Soak rice in water for 20 minutes and drain.

2. Boil the water in a saucepan with some salt and then cook the rice on medium low covered for 15- 20 minutes.

3. Heat the wok and add some oil. when the oil warms up add mustard seeds (allow it to pop) and then some channa dal, udad dhal and green chillis.

4. When the dhal turn golden brown add carrot and bell pepper and cook well. Add vangi bath and the maggi sauce and mix well.

5. Add the cooked rice and coat it well with the veggie mix.

6. Add roasted peanuts, croutons and spring onions and serve it hot.


  1. The snaps say it all Srimathi! Vegetable rice looks so good! :-)

  2. Srimathi, surprisingly I have never had Arborio rice before. They kinda look cute short and stout... and I love the veggie rice that you cooked up too!

  3. Awesome photo dude...nice recipe too. I also use cheese fianlly...ur version sounds healthy, thanks for sharing it here...

  4. I have never tried Arborio rice...loved the colorful and spicy version you have made with it...looks fantastic :-)

  5. I've to try it. Thanks lot for voting. Sorry for delay to response you as my friends are coming over weekends. Your picture is very nice. Can I know from which book u tried it as it looks similar to mine? We can easily share it. Nice posting and so keep posting.

  6. Your bowl is so cute. Let me know which shop u bought it. Bowls are very hard to get it in US and dont know why.

  7. Thanks for the comments. Rajee, I did not make the recipe from any book.The book I have under the bowl is an Indian cook book that I used for the Photo effect. Regarding bowls, I got it from CVS.

  8. Is it useful for recipes or only for the photo effects? Can u pls tell me where u bought ur cute bowl? Keep in touch with me often.

  9. Lovely pics.. Love the veggie rice..too good...


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