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Simple Mixed Vegetable Rice

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 9:29 PM

For dinner I made a simple no fuss vegetable rice. It was so flavorful and delicious without any masala added to it. A rice I should say that was created with the left over vegetables. Growing up in India, my grandmother used to always advice us to not use up all the vegetables to prepare a dish. She would remove a potato, eggplant, carrot, bell pepper and suggest that we use them to make mixed vegetable sambar or side dish. It is so ingrained in my mind that I follow her advice often. I used the left overs and created a very simple rice that I will make often.


Cutting Board 
Heavy Pan
Sauce Pan with lid
Measuring Spoons and cups


Cabbage - 2 cups shredded
Cauliflower - 1 cup of small flowers
Carrot - 2 diced
Onion- 1 diced
Garlic - 3 cloves pan roasted with skin 
peas - 1/2 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1 tbsp
Udad Dal - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida Powder - 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chilies - 2 to 3
Cilantro - 1/4 cup for garnish
Basmati Rice - 1 cup cleaned, washed and soaked in water for 20 minutes
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt to taste


1. Once the rice is soaked and the vegetables are cut, heat the frying pan with oil and ghee and add water to a sauce pan. Add asafoetida, mustard seeds and allow for the seeds to pop. Add the udad dhal and dry chilies in. When the dal turns golden brown add onions and garlic and cook on medium high until they are well done.

2. Add the carrots and peas and cook along with the onions for 4 minutes. Add the cauliflower, and cabbage. Mix well and cook for 4 minutes or until the cabbage and cauliflower are well cooked. Add turmeric powder and salt mix well. Add cilantro and remove from

3. Add in the rice and when the water begins to boil add some salt to it. Cook the rice on medium high until all the water starts to disappear. Cover with lid and set the heat to low and cook the rice until it expands and looks fluffy. 

4. Add the rice to the vegetables and give it a mix lightly so that rice does not get mushed. Serve it hot with raita.


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