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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mixed veggie fried rice with an overload of mushrooms

Like I mentioned in my previous posts, my first trimester was a period of lethargy, lack of energy, and absolutely no interest in food. Yet, I would be afflicted by pangs of guilt when I though I wasn't feeding the lil one inside. All the pregnancy guides and books that I mugged up spoke about the importance of eating and eating well...and here I was, throwing up if my neighbour cooked something strong!! This multi-coloured and hence multi-vitamin packed, mildly flavoured rice is something that my hubby made for weekend lunch to entice my appetite and it did!! I'd clicked the dish in hope that I will post it here when I got back to blogging.

Basmati rice - 1 cup
Button mushrooms - 200 gms
Beetroot - 1 small
Red bell pepper - 1
Orange bell pepper - 1
Green chillies - 3 Nos
Garlic - 2 cloves
Pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Soy sauce - 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon stick - 1" piece
Cloves - 2 Nos
Olive oil - 2 teaspoons
Salt to taste
For garnish
Cashewnuts - a few
Raisins - a few

Boil three cups of water and add in the basmati rice along with the cinnamon and cloves. Cook till rice is 3/4th done, drain water and fluff up with a fork to seperate grains.
Finely chop the garlic and green chillies. Cut the veggies and mushrooms into small slices. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and saute the garlic and green chillies. Add the veggies and saute till done. Add in the rice, soy sauce, pepper powder and salt to taste. Toss everything well together. Roast the cashews and raisins seperately and add into rice.

This dish is making its way to Padmajha's lovely, 'Who's gonna cook for me????' event. The event is on at http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2008/12/whos-gona-cook-for-me.html


Jaishree said...

Fried Rice Looks sooo good& yum.It is healthy and tasty dish dershana.

Asha said...

Beautiful color! :))

sowmya said...

nice colour..looks delicious..

Trupti said...

fried rice looks very delicious

Cham said...

Very unusual & pretty color and Wish the best in ur pregnacy!

Yasmeen said...

very apt for the event,definitely loaded with veggies,the beet addition was certainly very smart,Brother looks like a good cook:)

Varsha Vipins said...

That color is so appealing Dershana..:)..So flavorful..
Am first time to your lovely space..Thinking that you are pregnant now(dunno if you have delivered..:P),all the best for a healthy cute baby..:)

Cynthia said...

Is it the pepper powder that gave it that colour?

I like any kind of fried rice.

rekhas kitchen said...

ooohh nice color and very helthy too takecare dear you have to eat helthy food eat little by little and be happy

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks colorful and nutritious....

Rekha said...

I would love to try this one minus mushrooms. Somehow, i just can't have anything with mushrooms.

Purva Desai said...

fried rice looks yummy with red colour....

Malar Gandhi said...

Love the color of this dish, beet root and mushrooms, sounds a lot healthy to me...

DEESHA said...

lovely color, Iam sure the lil one loved it too

Nithya Praveen said...

Not sure, if i am here for the first time.The color of the rice is beautiful.I am so used to the normal veggie rice...this is A must try dish.

Sujatha said...

Congratulations with your pregnancy! Rice looks very different with that pink color.. I'm sure its very flavorful.. :)

meeso said...

During my first trimester the only food I could eat without withering away in disgust was Taco Bell... now it disgusts me to think about that... I would have preferred to eat something like this, looks great!

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