Monday, March 9, 2009

TWO IN ONE RICE (CAPSICUM AND CLUSTER BEANS) WITH AN ARRAY OF AWARDS

It has been a week long I posted the earlier one. Last week fully, work was occupying me more and could not have time even to sit relax for a second. With increased office work, servant maid got abscond without any prior information, toddler’s caretaker took leave for two days, each day was more hectic than the previous day. Weekend also went somehow fast as there was a function to attend.. Got up early, disturbed toddler’s sleep and hurried him to finish his morning routines, dressed him up, pestered hubby dear to get ready, finally when we reached there, there was a disappointment looking forward…Seems the function was postponed to another day considering that as more auspicious one and we have not been informed about this…..OMG!! Mind flashbacked a second quickly about the efforts taken…Sunday is the only day I can sleep relaxly for some extra time but that is also gone.. With so much of morning disappointment, the headache started and it persisted for the whole day… Am too tired now and exhausted and lethargic to start another week now.. With the hope that blogging will give me some energy by seeing all the colorful dishes and awards, deliberately sat now in midst of all the necessary chores.


Coming to the recipe, both capsicum rice and cluster beans rice are made using vangi bhat powder and is a perfect lunch box item. During the initial days of marriage, my hubby was not in much interest with capsicums and cluster beans but right from the first time I prepared both of these, he started liking both these veggies.. So, if you are not a much-liker-of capsicum/cluster beans, try this once and definitely you will start liking this



INGREDIENTS:

Cooked Basmati rice – 2 cups

Capsicum/Cluster Beans – 250 g

Onion - 1 medium size

Green peas – 1 cup (optional)

Clove/cinnamom – each one

Bay leaf – 1

Green chilly – 1

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 tsp

Ghee – 1 tsp

TO MAKE POWDER:

Asafoetida – a small piece

Red chilies – 8-10 (adjust according to your spiciness level)

Bengal gram – 4 tsp

Urad dal – 2 tsp

Coriander seeds/dhaniya – 3 tsp

SEASONING ITEMS:

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – few


METHOD:

· Wash and drain the basmati rice and keep aside for 10 minutes.


· Heat pan with ghee, add the spices and bay leaf, then add turmeric powder, onion and sauté well until the onion becomes light brown. Then add the rice and salt and double the amount of water to the rice. Pressure cook for two whistles.

· Heat kadai with little oil, fry the ingredients given in the list “to make powder” one by one, and grind to a fine powder.

· In the same kadai, after removing the ingredients, add some more oil if required, add the seasoning items one by one, then curry leaves, then the capsicum/cluster beans and peas. Add little salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Close with a lid and let it get cooked in medium flame for sometime. Stir in between else the veggies will be overburnt. Once the veggies have become tender and cooked well, add the ground powder, mix well. Keep it in low flame for 2 minutes stirring in between.

· Add this to the cooked and cooled rice and mix gently with a ladle. Check for salt and adjust accordingly. If you wish, you can also add a teaspoon of ghee for a good aromatic flavor.

· Serve hot with any pappad or side dish of your choice.
AWARDS SECTION:

Sanghi and Shama has honored with not just one award but an array of awards!! I feel very happy and energetic dears.








I would like to pass this all my blogger friends as am sure these awards will make one feel very brisky and energtic..

29 comments:

Chitra said...

rice with cluster beans is new to me,good idea:)

Preety said...

the rice looks so yummy..and so many awards..enjoy..

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow perfect.i havent tasted cluster beans so far.Will give a try. i have experienced the same problem when i was in chennai.Cool.congrtats on ur awards.

vidhas said...

Lovely rice Vidhya. Different combo. I have not tried this combo. U have given me a idea for my hubby's lunch box.

Uma said...

rice looks delicious. congrats on the awards. Hope you're feeling better now. Take care.

Madhumathi said...

Wow,Cluster bean rice is something new.I have bookmarked it.I'm not a big fan of cluster beans.I will try your recipe soon..
congrats on your awards,dear
And do take care of yourself :)

sowmya said...

using cluster beans is somethingreally new and sounds good too..

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe..enjoy ur awards dear....

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Cluster Beans in rice is new to me. Only made subjis from it. looks nice. Will try it.

Deepa Hari said...

Rice looks delicious...adding cluster beans sounds interesting...Congrats on all your awards...enjoy them.

Trupti said...

rice looks very delicious Congrats on awards.

Happy Holi !!

Vicky Xavier. said...

Two in one rice seems delicious. Congrats on all ur awards dear. U deserve them. Thanks for passing them to all.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Bookmarking it for a good lunch pack idea. Its very irritating to get up , travel to a cancelled function on Sunday. I cud have cried with headache:)

DEESHA said...

sounds very delicious .. shall try this

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

woww.. both the pics makes my mouthwater.. i am surely going to try capsicum rice...tempting a iruku

Priya said...

Very delicious rice dishes, clusterbeans rice is completely new...Congrats on ur awards:)

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Creative one! Looks delicious! the powder will sure add nice aroma to it!

oops.. sorry abt your disappointment on sunday! hope u are having a cheerful week!

Preety said...

thanks for your sweet comments dear..i am glad that you tried my recipe and it turned out good..

Adlak's tiny world said...

wow both rice bowls r inviting me... lovely vidhya. u made me hungry again.

Premyscakes said...

rice looks so inviting.

Jaishree said...

This combo is new to me..looks nice & yum.I have something for u in my blog. Pls accept& trail back to my blog.

Varsha Vipins said...

Rice looks so rich n lovely..I loved the color n texture of it..:)

AnuSriram said...

Thats a nice combo indeed! Will try this.. I too have these awards waiting for u in my blog.. Pls collect!

Keerthana said...

capsicum rice with vangi bath powder looks delicious..a good idea for a quick lunch, i would say..

Keerthana said...

hope your routine is back to normal now. I too have been busy the past few weeks and i can understand how you feel

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow...u practically turn any vegetable into nice pulav rice, dear. Love ur innovation...I always liked cluster beans...wonderful taste. Wish to grab a spoonfull from ur plate.

Enjoy the awards...take care on ur health too...

meeso said...

The rice dish looks so perfect! Congratulations on your awards!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yes, u r right.. even those who dont like capsicum will start loving this rice... i tried and it came out very very tasty... i will surely make it again and post in my blog after a few days :)

Madhumathi said...

Innaki unga cluster beans rice try pannen..Superb!!
I wanna try it with capsicum too.The masala powder imparted the right flavor to the rice.Will make this often.thank you so much :)