Saturday, January 28, 2012

Quick and Easy Vegetable Rice with a Surprise

I make it a point to make a mixed rice once a week, usually on Fridays. I made a quick and easy rice this week.

Ingredients (Serves 2)
Rice – ½ cup
Chopped vegetables – ½ cup (I put potatoes, leeks and carrots)
Chopped onion – 3 tbsps
Chopped garlic – 1 tbsp
Yogurt – 2 tbsps
Goda masala* (You can use garam masala) – 1-1½ tsps
Bay leaf – 1
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Water – 1 cup + ¼ cup
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste
Boiled eggs – 2
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds. As they start spluttering, add the bay leaf, chopped onion and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes and add the chopped vegetables. Sauté for a few minutes and add the masala, turmeric, chilli, salt and mix well. Add the rice and water (check salt at this point and add more if required), cover the pressure cooker and cook (approximately 2-3 whistles depending on your cooker).
Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and serve hot with raita or side dish of your choice. 
We had it with oven roasted Lijjat papad and a simple onion raita. I topped the raita with a puffed rice mixture for an added crunch. 
Now you know where the boiled eggs went!
 *It’s a Maharashtrian masala which my mom first bought for me from Mumbai. I later found it in Indian stores in the US from the Bedekar brand.


  1. the pics look awesome; the puffed rice garnish is a delicious idea :)

  2. Mouthwatering Recipe..


  3. Mouthwatering Recipe..


  4. This is more like Marathi Masale bhat meaning spiced rice. The surprise was fun and cute.
    Love Ash.

  5. Well Ash, now the rice has an authentic name, thanks to you :-).