Sunday, July 19, 2009

Vegetable Rice

Vegetable rice is something that noone can resist. I remember pestering my mom everytime to cook vegetable rice for me. Each one of us have a unique way of preparing vegetable rice.......this method here is mostly prepared in South India. This is very close to the preparation of vegetable biryani but has the fried bread pieces that gives this dish a unique taste. Try it out for yourself and see!


Basmati Rice - 1 cup (serves 2)
Water - 2 cups
1 Tomatoe - finely chopped
1 Onion - chopped lengthwise
Ginger Garlic Green chilly paste - 1 tbsp
1 cup of vegetable of your choice (peas, carrots, beans, cauliflower, potatoes)
Coriander leaves - chopped
Bread - small pieces - 1/2 cups
Cloves - 3
Whole pepper corns - 4
Cinnamon - small broken sticks - 2
Cardamom - 3-4 pods
Cashew and Raisins - as desired
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder- 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - acc to taste
Ghee or butter - 2 tbsp for rice, 1 tsp each for onions, dry fruits, and bread
Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp


Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a large pan, add the whole pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and after roasting a little, add the washed basmati rice and roast for a few minutes stirring slowly, and remove to another bowl. Cook the rice in the rice cooker by adding 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Heat another tsp of ghee in the pan and add one chopped onion to this and roast well until dark brown and keep aside. Similarly, roast the bread and cashews and raisins separately in a tsp of ghee and keep aside. Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a pan and saute the remaining chopped onion along with ginger garlic paste. Add tomatoes and once the tomatoes are done, add all the vegetables along with turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds powder, garam masala, and salt to taste, cook covered on low flame. Do not add water unless absolutely necessary (tomato and vegetables give out water which is sufficient). In the rice cooker, start layering the rice and vegetables and cashews, raisins, bread, onions as you would in a biriyani. First, add little water, then rice, then vegetables, then bread, then cashew and raisins, then onions, and repeat layers until all are added and leave in 'keep warm' mode so that all the flavours are absorbed by the rice. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with the raita of choice.


  1. Looks really simple, if we have a rice cooker. By the way, is it 2 onions required?

  2. you can make it in the normal cooker too. Cook the rice with veggies in the cooker with water as given above. Finally add all the other ingredients and mix well before serving.

    Reg onion....for 1 cup rice 1 onion is enough. 1 onion to be fried for topping and some kept aside for mising with other veggies.