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 it...it 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.

Ingredients:
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.

Method:
  • 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 minutes...at 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.

25 comments:

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

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  2. it looks really yumm..cheers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  10. Healthy and flavorful tiffin..great entry Meena

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  11. An easy healthy dish..perfect !

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

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  13. Quiet healthy and fragrant rice!

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  14. this does make a great lunchbox dish

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

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

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

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

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

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  20. Healthy as well as delicious right..

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