Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Spinach Fried Rice

 From our childhood, we keep listening that spinach is good for health and one should take a regular intake of Spinach. Have you ever thought of health benefits, we get from Spinach. I am just listing down few of them, have a look -   
  1. Spinach is considered to have 13 different flavonoids which helps in fighting cancer cells. 
  2. It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. It reduces Cardio-Vascular disease.
  4. It also lowers high blood pressure.
  5. Prevents diabetes, anemia and   osteoporosis.
  6. Spinach is beneficial for weight reduction.
  7. Good for eyesight.
  8. It promotes the healthy pregnancy. 
  9. Also slows down the aging process.
Spinach Fried Rice is a complete meal in itself. Loved by everyone in family. It can also be made as a party rice. One of the healthy meal.
Ingredients-
  1. Spinach- 1 Big bowl (chopped)
  2. Onion - 1 large (chopped)
  3. Garlic paste - 1tsp
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Red chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Basmati Rice- 2 big cups 
  7. Star Anise ( सौंफ के फूल ) - 2 
  8. Cooking Oil- 1tbsp
  9. Cumin Seeds (जीरा)- 1 tsp

Directions - 
  • Wash the rice and drain all water and keep it aside for 20 minutes. 
Chopped Spinach
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add  cumin seeds and when it turns dark color, add star anise and chopped onions and fry, till it turns light brown in color.

  • Now, add chopped spinach and mix thoroughly.
  • Add rice, garlic paste, salt and red chilli powder, and mix it well.

  • Add 3 big cups of water, cover the pot and shimmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Rice will be done by this time, if it's not done, let it again get cooked for another 5 minutes, covered.
  • Enjoy it hot.
  • It's a complete meal, so can also be enjoyed with an yogurt.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mushroom-Paneer Biryani (Mushroom- Tofu fried Rice)

Do you know, all the vegetables and fruits we eat, have some benefits to our body. I always keep on trying new dishes, which is nutritious and have some benefit to us.

Mushroom helps us in lowering cholesterol levels, prevents from breast cancer and prostate cancer, an ideal low energy diet for diabetic patients, helps to increase the immunity, helps those who are more interested in weight loss ( has lean protein and good amount of fiber), Mushroom is the only vegetable which contains edible Vitamin-D, it is also a good source of calcium (good for bones), iron (benefits in anemia), potassium (very good for lowering blood pressure), copper (anti bacterial) and selenium (very good for health of bones, teeth, nails, hair and as an anti oxidant).

Paneer is a product made from Milk. Tofu can also be used as a substitute to Paneer. Paneer helps in reducing weight, provides protein, protect against cancer, prevent stomach disorders, provides calcium and helps against brittle bones.

This preparation of Rice is very simple, nutritious, healthy, yummy and is also quite presentable, if you want to make it for your family and friends. You can make it a main course and have it with raita ( an yogurt preparation). Can also be consumed with curry and lentils.

Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 20-30 minutes

Ingredients for 4 People -

  1. Mushroom - 1 small cup (sliced)
  2. Paneer/Tofu- 1 small cup (diced)
  3. Onion - 1/2 ( sliced- big)
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Cumin Powder - 1tsp
  7. Rice - 8 handful or 2 big cups
  8. Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
  9. Cloves - 2
  10. Cardamom - 2 full
  11. Bay leaf ( tez patta) - 2 leaves
  12. Black Cardamom - 1
  13. Cooking Oil - 1 tbsp
  14. Butter - 1/2 tsp

Preparation - 


  •  In a pan/pressure cooker, heat cooking Oil, fry the pieces of Paneer/tofu till it turns golden brown in all sides of Paneer/tofu. Drain oil and transfer pieces of  Paneer in a different vessel and add cumin seeds, Bay leaf, Black Cardamom and Cloves to the remaining oil in a pan/cooker, fry it for 2 minutes, stirring continously.
  • Add sliced Onion and stir, till it turns light brown in color.
  • Add mushroom and rice, with salt and turmeric powder, stir and keep it on medium flame, close the lid of pan.
  • Let it get cooked for 1 whistle.
  • Remove it from the flame and let it cool down.
  • Open the lid, when pressure is released.
  • Add melted butter to the prepared rice from the top. Mix it with a light hand, so that rice doesn't break.
  • In a serving bowl, add a layer of cooked rice , then 4-5 pieces of Paneer/tofu, then again a layer of rice with a layer of Paneer. Keep on repeating till all the rice is transferred to the serving bowl. 
  • Add all the leftover Paneer from the top.
  • Serve it hot.

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