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Vegetable Rice

| March 6, 2013 Comment

vegetable rice

Vegetable Rice is a homemade gourmet dish and can be made with any vegetables you like. This is a tasty one-dish meal that’s quick and easy. Leave out the onions for a no-onion version. Served with plain yogurt, pickles, and papadums, this spicy vegetable rice makes a healthy, light meal.

Servings: 6-8

Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups basmati or jasmine rice
  • (or any long grain rice)
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup green beans, cut into thin 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup onions, cut into thin 1-inch pieces (optional)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into thin 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • 3-4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3-4 mint leaves for garnish
  • Salt to taste


  1. Soak basmati or jasmine rice for 10 minutes in about 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes. Drain the rice in a strainer.
  2. In a rice cooker, add the rice along with 3 1/4 cups of water and cook.
  3. Heat oil in a medium skillet, and add cumin and mustard seeds. As the seeds start to pop, add the turmeric powder, ginger, onions, and other vegetables along with some salt.
  4. Sprinkle some water and cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add the red chilli powder and garam masala, and saute for a couple more minutes.
  6. Add the cooked rice to the vegetables, mixing gently to avoid breaking the rice. Saute for 2 minutes on low heat. Turn off the heat, and cover and let sit until ready to serve.
  7. Garnish the vegetable rice with chopped mint leaves, and serve with plain yogurt, pickles, and pappadums.

Cooking Tip

If cooking the rice separately, add rice, 3 1/4 cups water and salt in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover with a lid, leaving it slightly open for steam to escape. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until rice is cooked.

Category: Rice Recipes, Vegan Rice Recipes

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