A wholesome and favorite rice which can be tweaked to any flavor needed. Fried rice indeed...I like to throw in a lots of veggies, legumes, sometimes even soy beans, peanuts or sesame seeds. Alter the spices to get a different taste each time to make it interesting too!! Let your imagination run wild (and nutritious). Needless to say the aroma of Basmati rice with all the spices fills the whole house ....hmmmmm

Ingredients -

Basmati Rice 2 cups
Carrot (chopped) 1/4 cup
Beans (chopped) 1/4 cup
Peas 1/4 cup
Red Kidney Beans 3 Tbsp  (Optional)
Chole Chana 2 Tbsp (Optional)
Black-eyed beans 2 Tbsp (Optional) 
Onion 1 medium
Tomato 1 medium  (Optional)
Green chillies 2 nos
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Mint leaves few sprigs
Ginger-Garlic paste 1 tsp
Shajeera 1/2 tsp
Cloves 4 nos
Cinnamon 1 inch
Cardamom 2 nos
Bay leaves 2 nos
Cashew 4 Tbsp
Mirchi powder 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Olive oil/Butter 2 Tbsp

For Garnish
Lime/Lemon 1 nos
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method of preparation - 

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat some oil/butter.

Add shajeera, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, cashew and fry them.

Add finely chopped onions and saute until they golden brown in color.

Add ginger-garlic paste and also tomato or tomato paste and saute.

Mix in turmeric, green chillies (I prefer to put green chilli paste), mint leaves and mirchi powder.

Add all the chopped veggies (Carrots,beans,peas) and the legumes (red kidney beans, chole chana and black eyed beans).

Saute them for a couple minutes and add washed basmati rice.

Saute the rice until it changes color and transfer the contents into a rice cooker.

Add salt and 4 cups of water and switch on the rice cooker.

After it is done, transfer into a bowl and garnish it with coriander leaves and lime.

Serve it with plain yogurt or raita.

Serves 4 Adults 

Preparation Time 30 min


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