Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Green Rice With Indian Flavors

Green rice is an authentic Mexican rice dish. So I thought why not make it with Indian flavors. Though the main flavor comes from cilantro, I added spinach leaves for more deep green color. It's a jazzed up rice recipe with wonderful flavors. And by using rice cooker this recipe come together in minutes. Just prepare and combine everything and let the rice cooker do the job. 

Ingredients(Serves 4)
1 cup cilantro
1/2 cup spinach leaves(I use it only for it's deep green color, otherwise it is totally optional)
2 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup frozen green peas
5-6 cashews roughly chopped
1 cup uncooked rice
4 pepper corns
2 bay leaves
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbs oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of turmeric and Asafoetida
Salt as per taste

Grind together cilantro, spinach, garlic and ginger to a smooth paste. Keep aside. Wash uncooked rice and keep aside. Meanwhile heat oil in a thick bottom pan and add mustard seeds,cumin seeds, pepper corns and bay leaves. Once the seeds crackle add turmeric and asafoetida. Add cashews and fry for few seconds. Next throw in chopped onion and fry for few minutes. Add shredded cabbage, green peas. Now mix the green paste that we made earlier and saute for a while until you get a nice aroma. In goes the washed uncooked rice and mix everything together once again. Shut off the gas, add salt and mix. 

Transfer everything to Rice cooker(that's how I cooked the rice) and add water according to the instructions on your rice cooker. You can also cook this rice in pressure cooker. No matter what you choose to cook the rice it will always come out great. Serve it hot with some raita or plain yogurt and enjoy!