Friday, July 16, 2010

Baked Vegetable Rice

The other day I made vegetable Rice, because had a lot of vegetables in the fridge. This is one of my favorite dishes and it is probably the easiest and quickest to make.This recipe results in a mild Vegetable Rice which hopefully will appeal to everyone regardless of their spice tolerance.The vegetable rice was light, colourful and loaded with all the good stuff. I served the Vegetable rice with some Cucumber raita and it was very fulfilling.

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Butter- 1tbs
Vegetables (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, celery, peppers)-1 cup
Cloves -3
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Bay leaf - 1
Fresh Ginger - 1/2 tsp (grated)
Fresh Mint - One fistful (finely chopped)
Fresh Coriander - One fistful (finely chopped)
Green chili - 2
Tomatoes - 2 ( finely chopped)
Coconut milk - 1 cup
yogurt - 5 tbs
Salt to taste

First, chop the vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes,Celery. After that, slit the green chilli , Grate the ginger.When you have done that, wash the basmati rice and soak it for 15 minutes.Melt the butter in a deep saucepan. After melting, add cinnamon sticks,Bay leaf and cloves. Fry the mixture for a few seconds. Add fresh coriander and mint leaves and stir. Then add the chili and ginger.Add in the tomatoes and stir until the tomatoes are soft.Next, add the vegetables and cook for a few minutes.After that add coconut milk, yoghurt, stock and some salt and stir. Use a colander to filter the water from the rice.Transfer the rice to the vegetables and mix everything slowly for a few minutes, making sure not to break the rice. Preheat the oven 350 degree.Bake this in the oven until the rice is cooked (30 -40 minutes).


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