Green Rice

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Today I am putting up Green Rice, the name that comes from a combination of a few greens with rice and green peas. This is roughly in the same league as Palak rice, Mint rice and Methi pulav. I prepared it at home for a party and it was well-received. Hence the desire to share with fellow bloggers. Do give a try and enjoy with tomato salad like you would enjoy your other one pot meal.

What you need to have:

1. Herbs – Chopped Palak – 2 cups

2. Chopped Dill leaves – 1 cup

3. Green peas – 1/2 cup

4. Basumati rice – 1 cup

5. Wet masala

6. Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Basumati rice Washed & drained

Chopped fresh Greens & Green peas

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Bay leaves –  2 -3 pieces

2. Cashews – A handful

3. Raisins – A handful

4. Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

5. Garlic pods – 6-7

6. Garam masala powder – 1 Teaspoon

7. Chopped Capsicum – 1/2 cup

8. Chopped Spring onion greens – 1/2 cup

9. Chopped spring onion(white) – 1/4 cup

Ingredients of Seasoning & chopped veggies

Ingredients of Wet masala:

1. Chopped onion – 1 medium

2. Chopped mint leaves – A handful

3. Chopped cilantro – A handful

4. Bilimbi or Green tomato – 2

5. Green chillies – 3-4

6. Ginger – A knob

Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop both the dill leaves and palak fine and keep it aside as shown in image 2.

2. Wash Basumati rice drain water and keep it aside as shown in image 1.

3.  Place a cooker with 2-3 Tablespoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  On heating , add bay leaves to it and on being fried add both cashews resins, chopped garlic and ginger to it. When it is just about to be fried, add cumin seeds to it. When done add spring onion, onion greens  and required quantity of salt to the dish so that onions do not get burnt.   When onions are fried add garam masala powder to it and stir well.

Seasoning in progress

4. Now add chopped palak, dill leaves, green peas from step-1 to it and just fry for a while in it.

Chopped greens & Green peas being fried in the seasoning

5. Grind the iongredients of wet masala (image-4)  in the mixer adding a little water to a medium fine consistency and is as shown in the image below.    Also grind 1/2 cup fresh coconut in the mixer adding water in steps to a medium fine consistency and strain the same in the strainer to extract the milk.

Ground green masala and coconut milk

6. Add both ground wet masala and coconut milk from step-5 to the seasoning and the mix would be as shown in the image below.

Wet masala being added to the seasoning

7. Add coconut milk, Basumati rice  and  required quantity of water to the dish and cook as usual for around 20 minutes closing the lid.

Coconut milk and Basumati rice being added

8. Ready to serve Green rice is as shown in the image below.  Enjoy with your favorite salad. Yummyyyyyyyyyyy

Green Rice with Tomato-Onion salad

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 4-5


19 thoughts on “Green Rice

    satya said:
    August 2, 2010 at 7:06 am

    this is a delicious n healthy rice …very new combo for me …looks awesome …love ur step presentation like always …bookmarked this dish …thanks for sharing dear

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

      Hi Satya, Everybody can enjoy lentils in this form since people /kids can be fed with some green lentils. You do have a wonderful blog. I am a frequent visitor to your blog as well.

    hpsarathy said:
    August 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hi Aunty!
    I am going to try this out next weekend. I don’t know if I get Dill leaves here – do dill leaves impart a special taste or is there an alternative or can I just make it without them? This really looks yummyyyyyy!

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 2, 2010 at 11:18 am

      Hi Harini,

      You can use any greens of your choice. You can use even Methi a little, palak and little dill instead of the whole lot of the right proportion.

    Hari Chandana said:
    August 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

    very healthy and delicious.. thanks for the gr8 recipe dear.. nice clicks as usual 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

      Hi Harichandana,

      I really enjoy going thru your blog which is really wonderful

    rao said:
    August 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

    you do get dill leaves in safeway (bay area) or giant eagle ( pittsburgh ). so i think you should be able to get it at the local store.

    Shilpa Rao said:
    August 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

    HI PAchi,

    This is excellent, I just love Dill leaves, Kids don’t like it because of its pungent odor. But I love Dill sweet idlies, Dill Upkari with moong dal.

    Thanks for this excellent post.



      prathibalrao responded:
      August 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

      Hi Shilpa,

      One can’t even make out the pungent odour of dills. But will enjoy it because of the other ingredients like the coconut milk etc., Just give a try and send me the feed back please. Have you tried the idlies which is there on this blog????????

        Shilpa Rao said:
        August 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

        Hi PAchi,

        I’ll be travelling to Mangalore this month end, My Dad loves Dill. I shall try while he is around so that I can have some company. 🙂

        We get Dill in Bahrain round the year, I’m very tempted to try the idly you have posted.

        I shall give you the feedback.



    chitra said:
    August 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Wow, Looks nice .healthy too..

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Chitra,

    Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    FoodZone said:
    August 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    The rice looks so yummy! Excellent way to add all the greens!

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    O.K. fine then thanx a lot.

    praniskitchen said:
    August 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

    prathibha thats so delicious and healthy version.. what a green color and u added all the veggeis and made it so rich.. goo one

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Hi Praniskitchen,

      In a way i feel we are forced to eat some veggies which we do not like but because of the addition of other ingredients it will make the dish delicious and rich as you say!!!!

    Savitha said:
    July 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Pratibha Aunty,

    Please clarify this doubt of mine,

    For wet masala, instead of bimbli or green tomato can i use tamarind paste.

    or can i use green tomato – 1 number , instead of 2 numbers.

    Also for the wet masala itself can i add coconut and grind it to a fine paste. Because mornings i have very little time to prepare food for kids, making two pastes will be difficult. Please suggest.

    It is good to have all greens for kids. I would like to pack for lunch.


      prathibalrao responded:
      July 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Savitha,
      1.You can use Tamarind paste for sure.(But it may change the colour of the dish) I normally use Bilimbi only for 9 months of in a year since i have a tree at home. It does not bloom in the monsoon season.
      2. You can also try adding coconut to the wet masala by grinding it to a fine paste and send me the feed back.
      3. You can even take out coconut milk at night from fresh grated coconut and push it in the refregerator too.
      These are my suggestions. I hope i am clear.

        Savitha said:
        July 10, 2011 at 11:25 pm

        hi Aunty,

        I prepared this last night, it was awesome. My kids enjoyed this rice.

        I used coconut with the wet masala. Taste was good. Also i used one green tomato instead of bilimbi. What do you say for bilmbi in Kannada ?


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