Thursday, March 4, 2010

Easy Lunch-box Item: Fragrant Stir-Fried Greens and Brown Rice

I normally don't include rice dishes in our family's lunch-box, mostly because rice dishes are best, when served fresh and hot. But recently, I prepared a rice dish which was very fragrant and I felt it would make a good addition to the lunch-box...the fragrant nature of the rice helped it keep its freshness. Plus it is a super-healthy dish with a medley of greens(spinach, dill, mint and cilantro) and brown rice(of course, you could substitute with white rice).

When I prepare this dish for the lunch-box, I tend to put aside some cooked rice the night before so that it saves time when it comes to prep-work in the morning...also I usually refrigerate some boiled mixed vegs. the night before, because I normally cannot find more than 20-25 mins. in the morning to prepare lunch-box items.

I normally use plain yoghurt as a side for this rice dish because it has so much fragrance and veggies in does not need an elaborate side dish or I might serve it with a simple okra and yoghurt side-dish(raita/dip)
So here goes with the recipe...
This fragrant and healthy rice dish goes to the FFSSL: Tiffin-box Series by RV and Sudeshna.

Recipe for Fragrant Stir-Fried Greens and Brown Rice:
Serves: 4
Prep/Cook Time: 20-25mins.

Brown Rice - 3 cups(cooked)...both medium and long-grain brown rice will work.
Dill leaves - 1/2 bunch fresh(cut finely)
Spinach - 1/2 bunch fresh(cut finely)
Mint leaves - a small handful
Onion - 1 cut finely
Mixed vegs - 1 cup boiled(I used frozen mixed vegs. including carrots, peas, corn, green beans)
Ginger-garlic paste - 2tsp(could increase if you like the taste, 2tsp will give mild flavor of ginger and garlic)
Green chillies - 3 cut finely or slit in half
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Curry powder or sambhar powder - 1 tsp
For seasoning -
Cooking oil - 2tbsp(could also use butter), Saunf(fennel seeds) - 1tsp, Cummin seeds - 1tsp, Cinnamon stick - small piece, cardamom(elaichi) - 2 or 3, slivered almonds/cashews - 2 tbsp(for garnish), salt, turmeric, sugar - 1tsp(optional) cilantro, and lemon juice for garnish.

  • In a deep - bottomed non-stick pan, add the oil and when it heats up, add all the seasonings except cilantro and lemon juice.
  • When the seasonings start to brown, add the cut onions, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and saute for a few minutes till onions turn brown and crispy.
  • At this point, add the cut spinach, mint leaves and dill leaves to the mixture and saute again for 3 or 4 minutes till the leaves turn nice and soft.
  • Now, add the mixed vegs. to the pan and let cook for a few this point you can add all the spice powders like coriander powder and curry/sambhar powder to the mixture.
  • When the vegs. are well mixed with the spices, add the cooked brown rice and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat and add all the garnish items like cilantro and lemon juice.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature with yoghurt, salad or raita.
  • Note: All ethnic ingredients are available at Asian/Asian Indian grocery stores or in the International Foods aisle at any grocery store.


  1. Hey Meena
    this rice dish looks delicious and tasty!! Have you picked yp an award from my blog? plz come and collect it...

  2. it looks really yumm..cheers

  3. Brown rice is not only healthy but also delicious!

  4. Nice flavourful ingredients used,and am sure taste must be even more good than it seems...

  5. Brown rice is so healthy and the rice dish looks so yumm with all that great flavours in there:)

  6. Wat a healthy and fantastic as well as filling rice dish...

  7. Hey Congrats Meena, for your winning the soup fantastic it feels...huhhh in between these brown rice sounds delicious..

  8. Meena, the rice looks so delicious, healthy too! Congrats on winning the soup event dear :)

  9. Healthy rice to pack for lunch. Congrats on winning the soup event.

  10. Healthy and flavorful tiffin..great entry Meena

  11. An easy healthy dish..perfect !

  12. Yummy and a wholesome lunch box item!!! I love the way you made it!!! delicious!!!

  13. Quiet healthy and fragrant rice!

  14. this does make a great lunchbox dish

  15. Hi. Good one for the lunch box and so very healthy too.

  16. Hi all, Thank you for the comments...great to know you all loved the rice dish.

  17. Oh and I am so excited about winning the soup event...cant wait to tell my daughter that mommy won a contest, really:))

  18. A very healthy and easy dish .Sure to try this

  19. Wow your recipe is inspiring me to try and cook brown rice

  20. Healthy as well as delicious right..


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