Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beets and Rice / Valentine Rice / Red Rice..

Last week, I had to make a red colored rice for my little one's school Valentine Party. I had a vague idea of this rice and knew it was beets and rice, but did not have any  proper recipe for it. Any amount of googling for the recipe did not help. Hence I tried it out my own way.The rice may look a little too red, but it turned out perfect!
Also heard from my son's teacher that the kids enjoyed it a lot!! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Jasmine Rice- 1.5 cups (cooked and cooled)

Beets- 3 medium sized ones

Peas-1/2 cup

Onions- 1/2 cup

Olive oil- 2 Tbsp

Freshly grater ginger- 1 Tbsp

Freshly ground peeper- 1 Tsp

Few drops of lemon and lemon wedges (one lemon)

Mint leaves- a few

Salt to taste


Procedure:

1.Cook the jasmine rice with lemon wedges and a little salt. The ratio of rice to water is 1:1 3/4. Too much water will make the rice lumpy as the rice by itself is sticky in nature. Allow it to cool.


2.Wash the beets and cut them into small pieces and so the onions.

3. Microwave the chopped beetroot for about 5 minutes.

4.Heat olive oil in a pan and add the ginger and onions and saute it for a few minutes. Add the beets, peas and salt next.

5.Cook for five minutes and then add the pepper.

6.Fold in the cooked rice and give it a good toss taking care not to break the rice.

7.Garnish with fresh mint leaves and a few drops of lemon.

8. Serve hot.

Note:
1.Any long grain white or brown rice can be used, but I used the Jasmine rice since it has natural aroma of its own when cooked and it also brings out the colour of the beets very well.

2.You can also do a lot of variations to the rice by adding garlic, vinegar, ajino motto and soy sauce as per your taste. I kept it simple as it was for the kids.


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