Friday, August 10, 2007

Lunch Box Series : LBS#8

For today's lunch its different than the regular sambar and Vegetables fries. I normally have one day allotted for Rice varieties, so that cooking gets done easily. So prepared Vegetable Pulao, which is almost the same way I make the biryani too. Not real difference between the two. except for few ingredients changed or added. I just term them differently to identify what I want to make. I add curd and little more spices for Veg Biryani, but this is much simpler one to make. Rice varieties that I carry to office are very popular with my colleagues. I pack my box full, plus one extra box for others. They sure like it a lot, which sure makes me very happy.

Today's Lunch Box had

Vegetable Pulao
Onion Raitha
Curd Rice.
Serves : 4
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins

Ingredients needed:

Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Butter - 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onions - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green Chilles - 4 nos
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Carrot - 1/2 cup
Beans - 1/2 cup
Peas - 1/2 cup
Potatoes - 1/2 cup
Bay Leaves - 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Cloves - 5
Coriander Leaves - for garnishing
Coconut paste - 2 tbsp
Water - 4 cups
Salt to taste


Method to prepare:

Clean and soak Basmati rice for 15 mins in water.

Chop all the vegetables. Keep it aside.

Heat Oil and butter in a cooker.

Add all the whole spices, then add onions, Green Chillies. Sauté till they are golden in colour.

Then add ginger garlic paste. Once its cooked well, add the Vegetables. Fry for 5 mins

Then add drained rice and fry gently so that the rice is coated well in butter and at the same it does not get broken

Then add tomatoes, salt to taste, turmeric pw, water and coconut paste. Normally for cooking basmati rice we use 1-1&1/2 ratio but since we have all the vegetables to cook I added 1-2 ratio of water.

Pressure cook the rice and garnish with Coriander leaves.

Sending this to Sharmi for Jihva for Ingredients : Rice.

Hope you enjoyed my lunch box today.


I was toying with an idea of starting an event on this theme...I was thinking of express meal but mallugirl beat me on that...:)..but I want something more in terms of ideas for lunch and things oriented to lunch box. Please give me your feedback. I would like to know if others are willing to participate in this event.

I thought of something in lines of "Lingering for Lunch?"...as dear lakshmi suggested I always have this "What to cook today" syndrome ..infact that was the thought behind me to start this blog, wherein I thought I will have meal planner ready for any day. Dad always suggested we pin up names of the fav dishes to prepare and nothing comes to mind, check that list and prepare. Few months back, we used to sit around and plan for the entire week for all three meals plus other things. Now things have become more stable. Still I liked the idea of a planned out Menu, where I can buy Vegetables as planned and there is a rotation of vegetables also.
So please think of more ideas to revolve this event around.

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22 comments :

Nags said...

heyy.. this is a really nice recipe.. looks simple to make too..

i think we already have a portal with lunh box ideas.. its called the daily tiffin and you can find the link in my blog under 'special portals'..check it out :)

satya said...

Nice recipe.I make almost in the same way, but without coconut paste.Lunch box challenge is already there on someother blog.Why don't you start an event with the theme of 'Microwave cooking Indian way with tips and suggestions.'I am sure that it would benefit many.

lakshmi said...

Event around What's in the lunch box sounds like a great idea. I'd participate - it will surely kill the "What to cook today" syndrome. :)

perhaps you could put in some more parameters - like time, freshness and blah - something that would be ideal for a quick lunch prepration in the morning that will stay as fresh and tasty in the lunhc box.

i think one could also learn a lot on how to pack certain foods for lunch so that they stay yummy.

lakshmi said...

i also think microwave event is a good idea :)

Raaga said...

Microwave cooking should be good :-)

Lunchbox, as Nags says, has a whole blog dedicated to it.

archana said...

I don't know why my comment vanished.
Nice recipe for pulao and nice suggestions for the event :)

Asha said...

Veg pulao looks yum! You pack it for lunch? That sounds tasty to have when you hungry and tired in the afternoons.
Shilpa and Meeta has already lunch series.I don't pack lunches anymore,kids eat in school and Arvind in the clinic.
Microwave cooking sounds great though!Any one dish cooked mostly in the microwave would be fab!:)

Coffee said...

Thats a quick tip for making in microwave!

Jyothi said...

Hi Srivalli, great pulao, looks fabulous dear. Great lunch, right?
Thanks for sharing your version.

BTW, you won guess game in my blog. Thanks for participating and congrats dear.

Sandeepa said...

The Veg. Pulao looks great, moist and perfect

Sandeepa said...

Veg Pulao looks great...moist and perfect

Latha said...

Hi,
Your lunch box series is good Srivalli. Many mothers keep wondering what to send everyday. so many ideas from you!
More over some kids will love if we say we read the recipe in the blog.
bestwishes toyou!

viji said...

Hi,

A very nice recipe. My son likes vegie briyani, yours has some variations, will try it out.

luv
vijisriram

SeeC said...

Great entry and great lunch box ideas. MW is very comforting.
Thanks for the post

Padma said...

nice recipe and stomach full of lunch on a hungry day..coming out of m/w

Hima said...

Love the pulao. Great entry.

Tee said...

Pulao looks great...with such a yummy lunch box, i would never complain :)
Microwave cooking sounds like a fun idea...have never really tried it that much.The event would give a me chance to try.

Sharmi said...

delicious looking pulao. thanks for the great entry.

Lia said...

great lunch box idea, easy to prepare and yummy indeed :)

Vcuisine said...

Nice and filling recipes. Very nice srivalli. Viji

Srivalli said...

Thanks Everybody for all your nice comments.

Sweeya said...

Hi,
I first time i ever cooked something in my life is veg pulao as instructed by you. Thanks to you my husband really liked it a lot.

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