Celery vegetable rice

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Time taken: 45 minutes

Serves: 3-4   

If one has become accustomed to thinking about celery as a crunchy local vegetable, but not a key part of your health it is time to think again.  Recent research has greatly bolstered about celery’s anti inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against its inflammation in the digestive tract it self.  In addition to well known antioxidants, like vitamin c and flavonoids, scientists have identified a dozen of  other type of antioxidant nutrients in celery.  The antioxidant  we get from celery, is largely due to its phenolic  nutrients that have been shown to help protect us against unwanted  oxygen damage to our cells, blood vessels and organ systems.  One more thing if you are planning to steam veggies as part of your meal, you can include celery without having to worry about the excessive loss of its phenol based antioxidants.

Noticing of all these goodness of this veggie i tried out this one pot meal as a first recipe of this veggie on my blog, for the reason being that,  when a person consumes this veggie for the first time can easily relish with rice and other ingredients being familiar to and will not get offended by the same.  Here goes my version of celery vegetable rice recipe….

What you need to have:

1.  Basumati rice – 1 cup

2. Chopped celery stem – 1/2 cup

3.  Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

4.  Chopped carrots – 1/2 cup

5.  Cinnamon stick -2

6.  Cloves – 2-3

7.  Cardamom -1

8.  Cashews – a few

9.  Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

10.  Cooking oil – 2 teaspoons

 

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          Fresh celery herbDSCN0572

                                                                                                                                                          Ingredients of seasoning

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Ingredients of wet masala:  

1. Chopped celery leaves – a few

 2. Ginger – 1″ piece

3.  Garlic pods -2-3

4. Green chili -2-3

5. Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

6. Mint leaves -3-4

What you do with what you have:

1.Wash and chop peal onions, carrots and celery stem fine and keep it aside as shown in the above image.

2. Wash and drain basumati rice and keep it aside in a bowl/plate aside.

3. Place a  cooker on medium flame with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  When heated, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom to it.  When a pleasant aroma oozes out, add cashews and fry till done.  Now add chopped onions , turmeric powder and salt and fry till transparent.  When done, add chopped celery stem from step-1 to it and cook till done.  Add chopped carrots, green peas as well to it and give a stir.DSCN0576

                                                                                                                                                          Seasoning in progress

4. In the mean time grind all the ingredients of wet masala in the mixer adding water in steps to a fine consistency.  Add this masala to the seasoning in the mixer, and stir till you get a pleasant aroma.DSCN0578                                                                                                                                                                           Grind wet masalaDSCN0582                                                                                                                                         Grind wet masala added to the seasoning

5. Finally add rice from step-1 to it and add required quantity of water checking for salt and close the lid and cook for about 20 minutes on medium flame.DSCN0583                                                                                                                                                                       Rice being addedDSCN0586                                                                                                                                                                      Water being added    

 

6.  When done, just release the pressure and is as shown in the image below.DSCN0587                                                                                                                                                    Ready to serve celery vegetable rice  

7. Transfer it to a serving plate and relish it with a salad or any dish of your choice.  As usual yummmmmmmm!!!DSCN0589                                                                                                                                             Ready to serve celery vegetable rice with salad

Time taken:45 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Good to remember:

  1. Always use good quality basumati rice for the dish.

2. Use fresh celery for better flavour.

3. One may use some vegetable stock even instead of adding normal water to the dish.

4. If one likes to relish the dish plain , squeeze a dash of lemon juice while serving.

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