Aug 5, 2010

indian-spiced rice

Another fridge cleaner! When you have freshly roasted and ground spices, fresh stir-fried vegetables and gremolata, you can't really go wrong.

I don't usually make Indian food at home because we live so close to a great Indian restaurant, and one of the best things about going to Indian restaurants is the variety. Realistically, am I going to cook four different curries and make 2 different breads as well as a whole bunch of other wonderful Indian dishes for a weeknight meal? And it is the variety I love - as well as the food, naturally. 

But today I felt the need to make something Indian inspired (maybe it's because of Top Chef last night). It had to be fast though, I'm still cleaning. I am hosting a couple of Literature Groups for my kids over the next year and I need it to be spic and span, otherwise I can feel my Mom shaking her head.

So I toasted some fenugreek seeds, yellow mustard seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and ground them up. I cooked the rice with this spice mixture, adding a chopped tomato, turmeric and paprika. 

When the rice was almost done cooking (and brown rice takes a while), I stir-fried sunflower seeds (remove from pan and set aside), 1/2 onion, 1 corn (kernels removed) and zucchini, diced (these takes longer to get color so make sure it has before adding...), a 1/4 of a red cabbage, chopped. Quickly stir-fry after adding the cabbage so it stays crisp tender.

Add the rice to the veggies and sunflower seeds, squirt it with thejuice of 1/2 lime, adjust seasoning and serve with the gremolata.

1/2 c cilantro, minced
2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
zest of 1 lime
salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients and mince everything together or process all in a machine. 

Cost Breakdown:
zucchini: $1
cabbage: $1
corn, onion, garlic: $1
brown basmati rice: $1
tomato: $1
cilantro, lime, spices: $2
Total to feed a family of 5:


  1. This sounds really good! I would make it even if I was not cleaning out my fridge. :) In fact, I think I have everything to make it right now!!

  2. Yikes! I should be a little clearer. I'm not cleaning out the fridge as much as clearing out the week's produce to make room for tomorrow's CSA.

    But no matter what I mean, you should make it! Let me know if you'd like a formal recipe!

    Thank you for visiting!!

  3. You're right in this IS good way to clear some space (hope you got a good crop this week), but good any time.

  4. Hi Belinda - we will see what the Box brings tomorrow - probably more corn :))

  5. sounds like a great rice dish!! looks yummy!!


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