Saturday, June 20, 2009

Spinach(palak) and carrot rice

I have been thinking of making spinach and carrot rice eversince I saw the recipe in Tarla Dalal's mini series cookbook titled Fun food for children. The only reason I kept on postponing was, I was not sure if my 2 year old son would eat it or not. Finally I got to make it this weekend. Surprsingly, my son ate it and we all too liked it very much. According to Tarla Dalal, its a easy, healthy, colorful and tasty dish and I too second it.

I did not use onions and garlic(mentioned in the original recipe) as I was not sure if my son would like it(we have not introduced him to onions and garlic as yet), also I am not a big fan of onion.:-) Son had the rice as it is, we had with onion raita(onion pieces mixed with seaosoned yogurt)

Ingredients to serve four adults

Cooked rice: 4 cups or 670 gms(I used Basmati rice) Palak/Spinach: 3 1/2 cups or 200gms(chopped into small pieces) Carrot: 1 1/2 cups or 170 gms(grated) Cumin seeds: 1 tbsp Pepper powder: 1/2 tsp Onion: 2 sliced(I did not use it) Garlic: 2 large cloves(I did not use it) Seasoning cube(vegetarian): 1(I did not use it) Butter: 2 tbsp Salt to taste

1. Heat butter in a pan/kadai and add the cumin seeds. 2. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. 3. Add the carrots and spinach and saute for another 2 minutes. 4. Add the cooked rice, seasoning cube, pepper powder, salt and 1/4 cup and mix well.(I did not add water) 5. Cook on low flame for 5 to 7 minutes till the moisture evaporates.(as I did not add water, I removed from heat after mixing well)

Healthy spinach and carrot rice is ready.

Note: I did not add onions as I have not yet introduced onions to my son. I think for older kids, onions and garlic can be added and it would definitely improve the taste of the dish. It is also mentioned in the book that 1/2 cup of uncooked rice makes approximately 2 cups of cooked rice.

I am sending this to Cooking for kids-Leafy greens guest hosted by Pavani, event originally started by Sharmi and EFM Theme -Breakfast Series hosted by Srilekha of Srishkitchen.


  1. Thanks for sending this tried and tested recipe over to CFK. I'm sure my son will like it too, will try. Have a great weekend.

  2. That does sound like a nutritious recipe. Colorful and flavorful.

  3. sooo healthy and yummy to boot, thx for the recipe dear

  4. Thanks Pavani, Bharti and Bindiya. Do try at your home too. Your kids would relish it for sure.

  5. Priya, this looks like awsome. Am going to try this out.

  6. hi pri Akka

    tried this delcious,yummy,mouth watering receipe.turned out to be great.



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