Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Herbed Tomato Rice & A Giveaway

Today iam posting a recipe with different take on tomato rice. This recipe is from my cousin "S". She has been known more of a non veg cook than the vegetarian ones but still this vegetarian recipe is one of her good dishes. I was shared this recipe long time back. Recently my taste bud was asking for a change so i immediately tried this lovely recipe and clicked some pictures. Thanks for the wonderful recipe dear. It really got well with raita, you can try this herbed tomato rice for a potluck. 

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1 cup Basmati rice
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Cloves
1/4 tsp Fennel Seeds
 2- 3 bay leaves
1 cardamom
1 small onion cut into length wise
2 tomato cut into length wise
4-5 Mint leaves
A pinch of turmeric
2- 3 tsp oil
Salt-As required

To grind:

 2 tsp of cilantro
 1 tsp ginger
 2 garlic pods
 3 green chilies


Wash and soak rice for 5 to 10 minutes. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or in a rice cooker. Saute the cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder, cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds, turmeric powder and bay leaves. Add onions, fry until they are brown, add tomatoes and fry until it becomes soft. Mix the ground items and fry in medium low heat till the raw smell goes off. When the moisture is absorbed, add the soaked rice, mint leaves and fry for few more minutes. Add desired amount of salt and two cups of water. Close the lid if you are cooking in the pressure cooker and pressure cook in low heat until a single whistle is heard and turn off the heat. If you are cooking in the rice cooker pan, remove the pan from the heat and transfer to the rice cooker and plug in. Once the rice is cooked, check for salt and add accordingly. Sever hot with raita or papad. I did not use turmeric powder for this recipe. You can add it.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Apple & Celery Milkshake- Iam back

I know that i have been ignoring my space for more few months now. Well i was on vacation and you must be knowing the after effects of it. Lots to catch up with. Iam keen on getting on to it with a full swing. Enjoy the weekend with this revitalizing drink.


Apple(peeled and diced)-1 cup
Chopped celery-3/4 cup
Milk-1 1/2 cups
Sugar-3 tbs
Ice cream(optional)-2 tbs
Ice cubes-few


Blend the apples, celery, sugar, ice cubes and milk in a food processor or blender and process until thoroughly combined. You can add ice cream for the kids if you would like to instead of sugar. Serve this delicious and a healthy milk shake in a glass.