A very exclusive family recipe. I learnt it from my mother- in – law. I am so, so, so happy to share this recipe with you. We make this rice almost once in 10 days. Very easy, tasty, filling and colourful. Usually we make this rice with Baked vegetables, but today for a change I made it with Cauliflower, Broccoli and Almond. Beetroot Rice also goes well with any Raitha too. Do try and please post your feedback.
Basmathi rice ( washed and soaked in water for 1/2 an hour and drained. Cover and keep it aside till the time of use) – 1 cup
Grated beetroot – 2 and 1/4 cups
Sliced onions – 1 cup
Chopped garlic – 10 flakes
Finely chopped ginger – 1 tablespoon
Green peas – 3/4 cup
Slit green chilli – 1
Salt to taste
Water – 2 cups
Oil – 3 tablespoons
Cardamoms – 3
Cloves – 4
Cinnamon – 1 medium piece
Heat a non stick pan. Add oil. Season all the seasoning ingredients. Next fry the sliced onions and chopped garlic on medium flame to a transparent colour. Add the chopped ginger, slit green chilli and the grated beetroot. Sauté on sim flame for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste and the drained Basmathi rice. Sauté on sim flame for 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and keep the flame on high. Once the water starts to boil, sprinkle the green peas on top and please do not stir. Cover and sim the flame. Cook till the rice is done. Switch off the stove. Mix gently and serve hot with Cauliflower, Broccoli Almond.
1) Use fresh , nice pinkish red beetroot for that beautiful colour.
2) I like my rice to be a little soft. If you want it a little firm, add 1 and 3/4 cups of water.