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.