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Monday, August 15, 2011

Independence Day Special ~ Carrot & Spinach Layered Rice

Aloft the banner's flying O'er ancient Hindustan
Ye Saffron, White and Green proclaiming freedom's sweetest morn
March on ye sons of freedom, unto your destiny
To build a glorious kingdom, of peace and happiness
To strive and build a kingdom where dwelleth righteousness
Arise, awake ye millions, ye sons of Hindustan
Keep on the constant vigilance to guard the freedom won
Wage on a ceaseless battle O'er hunger and on greed
Truth's splendour let bedazzle dark legions that surround
Silence the sabre's rattle yet fight the foes around

God bless the Indian Union, Bless thou our motherland
Grant us the help to serve the million Of this ancient land
Thou Lord of all creation, we praise Thy Holy Name
Preserve us as Thy nation to serve Thee ever more
Throughout all generations, to serve Thee ever more

These are the words from one of my school's anthems which we used to sing everyday during the morning assembly. I used to take great pride while we then sang the National Anthem right at the end of the assembly - Jana Gana Mana. My heart still swells up in pride when I listen to this anthem today - most of which is played in cinema halls of multiplex theatres before the movie begins. I am glad it is a mandatory thing - it is important not just to stand in attention listening to the soulful anthem being rendered out by competent singers, but also to remember the scores of freedom fighters - famous or not - those whose brave deeds are not remembered although they are very much a part of our history. It is also a moment to remember the thousands of soldiers in present times who still protect our borders and make it safe for us to have a good night's sleep. It is also to remember our country's leaders, special security forces and police, people who have taken India to greater heights ~ every person who in all earnestness makes us proud to be Indians.


Keeping this special day in mind, I tried the 3 layer rice from Tarla Dalal's website which I had bookmarked long ago but never got around trying it. The 3 colours represent the tricoloured flag of India - the three horizontal bands on the Indian National flag - Saffron, White and Green - that represent Courage and Sacrifice, Peace and Truth and Faith and Chivalry respectively. The Ashoka Chakra at the centre represents the Eternal Wheel of Law.


This colourful rice makes for a lovely meal. The Carrots that represent the Saffron colour of the flag is a rich source of vitamins for the skin, nails and eyes. The White Rice that represents the White colour of the flag is a wonderful comfort food and a great source of carbohydrates that gives us fast and instant energy to carry out our daily tasks. The Spinach and Peas that represent the Green colour of the flag are powerhouses of nutrition. Spinach is rich in vitamin C and K, fibre, calcium, folic acid and iron. Peas are high in lutein, protein, magnesium and fibre.


Carrot and Spinach Layered Rice
Serves 2-3

You Need:
For the Rice layer
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
For the Spinach layer
  • 2-1/4 packed cups of chopped Spinach (Palak)
  • 3/4 cups boiled green peas (I used frozen peas)
  • 3 medium sized green chillies chopped
  • 1/2 cup or a medium sized onion chopped
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
For the Carrot Layer
  • 1-1/2 cups grated carrot
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt to taste 
For Baking
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese (optional) - I used grated Parmesan
Method:
To Make the Rice:
1. Cook the rice in sufficient water and salt to taste - cook till almost done (90%) - I use Kohinoor Basmati rice and I cooked it for about 8 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside
2. Heat oil in a wok or large pan and fry the jeera for a few seconds. Add the cooked rice, salt to taste and mix gently. Keep aside.



To Make the Spinach Layer:
1. Cook the spinach with 2 tbsp of water and when cooked, drain any excess water.
2. Heat oil in a wok or pan and fry the onions till they turn pink. Add the spinach, green peas, green chillies and salt to taste mix well and cook for a couple of minutes. Turn off flame and keep aside

To Make the Carrot Layer:
1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the caraway seeds. Add the grated carrots and 2 tbsp water. Add the curry powders and salt and fry a bit. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Turn off the flame and keep aside.

To Assemble:
1. Grease a 7" baking dish (I used Borosil glass bakeware) with 1/2 tsp olive oil. Layer the base with half the rice. Add the spinach and peas mixture as the second layer. Add another layer of the remaining rice and finish off with the carrot layer on top. Garnish with grated cheese.
2. Bake in a preheated oven at 220C for 20minutes
3. Serve hot with Raita





16 comments:

  1. Nicely colored n truly Indian ..Happy Independence day to u too..wud love to follow ur blog..
    http://varietyisthespiceofyourlife.blogspot.com

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  2. Nice flavorful rice with a true desi touch...

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  3. Oh my my..this is just amazing Shir! Ooh loved the colours. Looks so yumm too.. And the photos have turned out so perfect! Happy Independence Day to u dear!

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  4. Hey Shireen - Happy Independence Day to you too! Found your blog on the babble nominees list and that's how I got here. Absolutely love your blog!! You have done such a great job with it.

    As always, im loking for different rice recipes and this one just got added to my repertoire :)

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  5. What a nice and colorful post...Happy independence day to you too....

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  6. wow ! looks good :-) and thanks for linking it dear !! reg the Fasting foods, do check my announcement only. In case of any issues, do write in to me.

    thx
    Kalyani

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  7. Perfect for the occassion....looks so flavourful n yummy

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  8. Colorful & inviting biryani...Rice is cooked perfectly :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  9. Thanks a lot ladies for your lovely comments!! Hope u had a great Independence Day!
    @ Manju: Thanks so much!! U have a lovely blog too, following u!
    @ Avika: thanks so much for following me, u have a lovely space too!

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  10. wow, that looks so nice, love the layers and colors :)

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  11. Gimme !!! That is a totally yummlicious casserole!! two thumbs up for both patriotism and for how you've presented and represented it :))) cheers, priya... Agree with Manju and Aviak :) Lovely blog and one of the first people on your blog! Love to see you on my blog dear haven't seen you on my follower list :( cheers, priya

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  12. wow...such a perfect tri color rice for the occasion...so flavorful n yummy recipe....Your rice is so perfectly done..very nice clicks !!!

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  13. This is one of the better ways of incorporating the tricolor in food that I have seen lately ~ Beautifully done!
    USMasala

    ReplyDelete
  14. thats a beauty!! love to follow you:)

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  15. Which school are you from coz we also used to sing the Hymn to the Republic in our school assembly in Jamshedpur ! Madhu

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  16. Madhu..I am from Mangalore..the song was sung in all convent schools during my time :)

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Independence Day Special ~ Carrot & Spinach Layered Rice

Aloft the banner's flying O'er ancient Hindustan
Ye Saffron, White and Green proclaiming freedom's sweetest morn
March on ye sons of freedom, unto your destiny
To build a glorious kingdom, of peace and happiness
To strive and build a kingdom where dwelleth righteousness
Arise, awake ye millions, ye sons of Hindustan
Keep on the constant vigilance to guard the freedom won
Wage on a ceaseless battle O'er hunger and on greed
Truth's splendour let bedazzle dark legions that surround
Silence the sabre's rattle yet fight the foes around

God bless the Indian Union, Bless thou our motherland
Grant us the help to serve the million Of this ancient land
Thou Lord of all creation, we praise Thy Holy Name
Preserve us as Thy nation to serve Thee ever more
Throughout all generations, to serve Thee ever more

These are the words from one of my school's anthems which we used to sing everyday during the morning assembly. I used to take great pride while we then sang the National Anthem right at the end of the assembly - Jana Gana Mana. My heart still swells up in pride when I listen to this anthem today - most of which is played in cinema halls of multiplex theatres before the movie begins. I am glad it is a mandatory thing - it is important not just to stand in attention listening to the soulful anthem being rendered out by competent singers, but also to remember the scores of freedom fighters - famous or not - those whose brave deeds are not remembered although they are very much a part of our history. It is also a moment to remember the thousands of soldiers in present times who still protect our borders and make it safe for us to have a good night's sleep. It is also to remember our country's leaders, special security forces and police, people who have taken India to greater heights ~ every person who in all earnestness makes us proud to be Indians.


Keeping this special day in mind, I tried the 3 layer rice from Tarla Dalal's website which I had bookmarked long ago but never got around trying it. The 3 colours represent the tricoloured flag of India - the three horizontal bands on the Indian National flag - Saffron, White and Green - that represent Courage and Sacrifice, Peace and Truth and Faith and Chivalry respectively. The Ashoka Chakra at the centre represents the Eternal Wheel of Law.


This colourful rice makes for a lovely meal. The Carrots that represent the Saffron colour of the flag is a rich source of vitamins for the skin, nails and eyes. The White Rice that represents the White colour of the flag is a wonderful comfort food and a great source of carbohydrates that gives us fast and instant energy to carry out our daily tasks. The Spinach and Peas that represent the Green colour of the flag are powerhouses of nutrition. Spinach is rich in vitamin C and K, fibre, calcium, folic acid and iron. Peas are high in lutein, protein, magnesium and fibre.


Carrot and Spinach Layered Rice
Serves 2-3

You Need:
For the Rice layer
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
For the Spinach layer
  • 2-1/4 packed cups of chopped Spinach (Palak)
  • 3/4 cups boiled green peas (I used frozen peas)
  • 3 medium sized green chillies chopped
  • 1/2 cup or a medium sized onion chopped
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
For the Carrot Layer
  • 1-1/2 cups grated carrot
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt to taste 
For Baking
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese (optional) - I used grated Parmesan
Method:
To Make the Rice:
1. Cook the rice in sufficient water and salt to taste - cook till almost done (90%) - I use Kohinoor Basmati rice and I cooked it for about 8 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside
2. Heat oil in a wok or large pan and fry the jeera for a few seconds. Add the cooked rice, salt to taste and mix gently. Keep aside.



To Make the Spinach Layer:
1. Cook the spinach with 2 tbsp of water and when cooked, drain any excess water.
2. Heat oil in a wok or pan and fry the onions till they turn pink. Add the spinach, green peas, green chillies and salt to taste mix well and cook for a couple of minutes. Turn off flame and keep aside

To Make the Carrot Layer:
1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the caraway seeds. Add the grated carrots and 2 tbsp water. Add the curry powders and salt and fry a bit. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Turn off the flame and keep aside.

To Assemble:
1. Grease a 7" baking dish (I used Borosil glass bakeware) with 1/2 tsp olive oil. Layer the base with half the rice. Add the spinach and peas mixture as the second layer. Add another layer of the remaining rice and finish off with the carrot layer on top. Garnish with grated cheese.
2. Bake in a preheated oven at 220C for 20minutes
3. Serve hot with Raita





16 comments:

  1. Nicely colored n truly Indian ..Happy Independence day to u too..wud love to follow ur blog..
    http://varietyisthespiceofyourlife.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice flavorful rice with a true desi touch...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh my my..this is just amazing Shir! Ooh loved the colours. Looks so yumm too.. And the photos have turned out so perfect! Happy Independence Day to u dear!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hey Shireen - Happy Independence Day to you too! Found your blog on the babble nominees list and that's how I got here. Absolutely love your blog!! You have done such a great job with it.

    As always, im loking for different rice recipes and this one just got added to my repertoire :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a nice and colorful post...Happy independence day to you too....

    ReplyDelete
  6. wow ! looks good :-) and thanks for linking it dear !! reg the Fasting foods, do check my announcement only. In case of any issues, do write in to me.

    thx
    Kalyani

    ReplyDelete
  7. Perfect for the occassion....looks so flavourful n yummy

    ReplyDelete
  8. Colorful & inviting biryani...Rice is cooked perfectly :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks a lot ladies for your lovely comments!! Hope u had a great Independence Day!
    @ Manju: Thanks so much!! U have a lovely blog too, following u!
    @ Avika: thanks so much for following me, u have a lovely space too!

    ReplyDelete
  10. wow, that looks so nice, love the layers and colors :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Gimme !!! That is a totally yummlicious casserole!! two thumbs up for both patriotism and for how you've presented and represented it :))) cheers, priya... Agree with Manju and Aviak :) Lovely blog and one of the first people on your blog! Love to see you on my blog dear haven't seen you on my follower list :( cheers, priya

    ReplyDelete
  12. wow...such a perfect tri color rice for the occasion...so flavorful n yummy recipe....Your rice is so perfectly done..very nice clicks !!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is one of the better ways of incorporating the tricolor in food that I have seen lately ~ Beautifully done!
    USMasala

    ReplyDelete
  14. thats a beauty!! love to follow you:)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Which school are you from coz we also used to sing the Hymn to the Republic in our school assembly in Jamshedpur ! Madhu

    ReplyDelete
  16. Madhu..I am from Mangalore..the song was sung in all convent schools during my time :)

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)