Carrot Capsicum Rice ~ Mixed Rice Variety Weekend Special!

It was another weekend and another weekend menu planned. Only I kept it quite simple. Athamma has gone visiting for a week. You can imagine how that has left us. Boys on coming home, asked for her and before I could even say something, they told each other that "Nanamma has gone for a doctor checkup" Well as long as they are fine with that, is fine for us.

I made parathas with leftover potato kurma, Konda loved it so much that I was really surprised. Since it was a vegetarian meal at home for lunch, Amma sent Chicken Korma for the kids. I was so glad they loved it very much. Now on asking Amma for the recipe I realized I may not have cooked it yet. But then its been a while since I posted a non veg dish on the blog. So this Chicken Korma is next on list.

As for the Vegetarian meal, I was really short of ideas and asked Amma to suggest something. She told me this Carrot Capsicum Rice that she prepared a week ago, which was liked by all. This is again quite similar to the Dal Mint Rice that I posted sometime back. Though this tasted very much like spiced dal rice, vegetarians will surely like it a lot.

For the evening we took the kids to the beach and spent couple of hours playing. They even rode the horse and so trilled end of their adventure. Imagine Chinnu trying to swim on the sand! Gosh it was simply tough trying to make him stay put. In the end we had an eventful day all together and came back exhausted. I was mentally preparing for a week on our own. But trust Hubby dear to ring in positive thoughts always. He said a weeks time will pass off in a wink before we even know it.

Coming to the recipe for today, this mixed rice variety was very simple, yet a good one to make for variety. Works out best when you have these on hand. Variations are limitless again. I managed to take all pictures, while hubby dear was baby sitting the kids.

Which reminds of a conversation I had recently. I was asked how come I am doing Step by Step posts all of sudden. I was quite surprised by that question. I started my blog with Step by Step pictures, I have quite a few of such posts. Maybe I don't tag it obviously in the title or label it as such. But I do a Step by Step post when I have time or if I have planned ahead. Like all my Indian Cooking Challenge posts are Step by Step as I plan for a Saturday. Either this or when readers ask me for one. So I replied this person that either they have not checked my blog from the beginning or they are clueless.

Between wanted to share that I hit 100 posts on Spice your Life! Thank you everybody.

Carrot Capsicum Rice ~ Mixed Rice Variety
Ingredients Needed:

Rice - 1 cup
Carrot - 1 big
Capsicum - 1 of a big
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Hing - 1 big pinch
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - 2 springs
Lemon juice - 1 medium
For the Masala powder :

Toor dal - 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Yellow Split dal -1 tsp
Dry Red chilies - 4-5

Dry roast all dals along with chiles and make a fine powder. Increase the quantity if you want to add more.

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak the rice for 10 mins. Then you can either cook it with lots of water and drain or cook with regular ratio of water in low flame and keep it aside. Just ensure the rice is not over cooked. To get this state, I normally cook in 2 cups of water in low flame.

To make the Rice

Heat a wok with oil, add Cumin seeds along with curry leaves. When they splutter, add the hing, sauté, add grated carrots along with finely chopped capsicum. Cover with lid so that the carrots and capsicum are cooked with its own steam.

When the vegetables are cooked well, add the rice along with the dal powder and mix well. Just before removing from stove, squeeze in the juice and coriander leaves.

This makes a quick and easy rice dish for weekends, so that you can spend time with your family!

Wishing you all a happy Ugadi, will come back with a festival spread!

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