Monday, June 4, 2007

Mixed Vegetable Rice



When it is a busy day, elaborate lunch is impossible. I always go for variety rice like pulao or mixed vegetable rice which make things easy and time saving. It can be just enjoyedwith raita or yogurt and there is no compromising with taste.


Ingredients

3cups cooked rice
2cups chopped onions
1/3 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup peas
1/3 cup chopped green peppers
1/3 cup paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
1 cup soya chunks (soaked and drained)
2-3tsp biriyani or pulao masala(found in Indian grocery store)
Salt
Oil


To Garnish

Fresh chopped cilantro
cucumber cut in circles
tomato cut in circles
lemon


Preparation

In a wok, add 4-5tbsp oil. When it warms up add onions and fry till translucent. To this add all the other vegetables and saute on medium heat. You can add more variety of vegetables if required. Remember not to add salt initially to any stir fried vegetables. They get watery and lose the taste. Let the vegetables get cooked for 10-12 minutes. Add paneer and soya chunks and saute for 5-10minutes.
Add the pulao-biriyani masala. If not garam masala also can be added. Add salt, stir gently and lower the heat. Leave it that way for 10 minutes. Finally add cooked rice and fold in gently. Remove from heat and garnish. Serve with cucumber-tomato salad and yogurt.

34 comments:

Saju said...

Nice one, looks really yummy - and you make it sound so easy

Jyothi said...

Looks great and delicious, thanks for sharing.

Asha said...

You always present your dishes so elegantly.Soya chunks looks great,I thought they were besan Gattes.Thanks Sharmi:)

Tee said...

hey sharmi!
your mixed vegetable rice looks really delicious!
I add soya chunks to my rice too! Just love them and have gotten my husband addicted too!

USHA said...

Hi Sharmi,

Excellent presentation asusal....As Ashaji said Soya chunk looks really great,,...wonderful veg.recipe..Thanks for sharing...

Anh said...

Lovely dish! And a great and easy recipe for Pulao, something I haven't yet mastered. Thanks for sharing Sharmi. This will be an interesting change to my normal fried rice! :)

Aruna said...

Sharmi, What a colorful veggie rice u have in there :) absolutely yummy I guess.

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Mishmash ! said...

Sounds like quite a heavy rice....never tried soya chunks...

Roopa said...

yumm nice presentation Sharmi! Love the pulav rice. Sharmi do check again if you have problems to view the picture on my blog i will move back photos to flickr. thks for letting me know !

Linda said...

Looks easy and tasty Sharmi -- nutritious and and pretty too! :)

Swapna said...

I love this kind of mixed rice..However,I have not tried adding soya in them..

Richa said...

hey, rice looks good and so simple to make. i like to incorporate soya but somehow i do not get the right texture, do i need to boil it? thanks

Kajal said...

WOW.....your preparation is very nice with soya chunk.......Beautiful pictures with lemon and tomato decoration ....Your work is great.........thanks for sharing.
Good day.:)))

archana said...

The rice is looking nice. Even I resort to pulao or rice preparation when I am in a hurry. i have never added soya chunks. Next time I will give it a try :)

Vcuisine said...

Sharmi beautiful one pot nutritious meal. Very nice. Viji

WokandSpoon said...

It looks like a very tasty salad! By the way, where do you get the paneer from? Is this usually only found in Indian grocery stores?

sra said...

You really take pains over the presentation, don't you? I wish I could make the time for that.

Nanditha Prabhu said...

I too have always made short cut vegetable rice dishes....never tried putting soya though

Bharathy said...

Rice looks colourful and healthy,Sharmi.
Thanx for sharing the novel combo one with veggies and soy chunks!!!

Really nice to note you are hosting AFAM! all the best and happy hosting..

ushaprashanth said...

Hi!
What a nutritional dish!!! nice pictures too!!!

Sia said...

beautifully presented sharmi... not so sure abt soya chunks as i have never used them till now. some what i cant stand its taste and smell...yeah...i am bit partial here;)

Cynthia said...

For a simple lunch, this looks rather elaborate to me :) I would love to have some of this Sharmi.

Many Hugs to you.

Sharmi said...

hey Richa, You have to soak the chunks in warm water for 10 minutes and they become soft. do use a branded one. Nutrela meal maker is good.

Sharmi said...

wokandspoon, ya paneer can be found at any Indian grocery stores in the frozen section.

Thanks a lot to all of you for your lovely comments.

Prema Sundar said...

This mixed vegetable rice is different from the way I make ... looks good with soya and paneer.thanks for sharing.

Mandira said...

Look at that gorgeous presentation! I want some of that yummy pulao.

KitchenFairy said...

Is that Soyachunks good in Rice...I never used that for rice...Looks so delicious!!

Raaga said...

Me too... always looking for easy breezy lunch recipes :)

Nice one, will try.

DEEPA said...

Nice presentation sharmi ....Very delicious ....Soya chunks are great to the dish

deena said...

Hi sharmi..pulao with soya is quite healthy..great combination ..!

Kribha said...

Beautiful recipe. Will try it for sure. I'm not a big fan of soya chunks, but will try the rice without it. Your pics look so good and rich. Lemon flower garnish looks great too.

sunita said...

Hey,the rice looks delicious...you know what,great minds think alike...I make my fried rice in exactly the same way as your's, with my combination of veggies, of course...

Jeena said...

Lovely salad Sharmi very filling it looks great :)

Seema said...

Sharmi, Looks like I have missed a couple of your dishes...Please send in your link to food blog desam. Its easy to catch up with latest posts that way. Loved the mixed veggie rice. Looks so very healthy.