A quick-fix lunch box idea was an instant hit with my daughter's friends and she told me the other day that her friends were asking for the Green Rice to do another entry to the school. I am glad because the rice,subtly spiced contains all the goodness of the vegetable and the leafy greens too ! Care should be taken to cook broccoli the right way ! Over-cooking makes it mushy thereby losing all its nutrients.
- Broccoli Florets - 1 cup (washed & immersed in hot water and then rinsed in cold water)
- Chinese Cabbage - 2 to 3 leaves (washed & chopped finely)
- Rice - 1 cup (washed)
- Onion - 1 (large) - (finely chopped)
- Green Chillis - 2 - to taste (sliced diagonally)
- Garlic - 3 to 4 pods (sliced)
- Mace - little
- Cardamom pods- 2 to 3
- Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
- Butter - 1 tsp
- Kitchen King - 1 tbsp
In a pressure pan, add butter and lightly saute fennel seeds. Now add mace and the cardamom pods and give it a quick stir. Add chopped onion & green chillis and fry till it turns translucent.
Now add salt to taste as well as the kitchen king (or garam masala) and let the raw smell of the masala evaporate.Add the chopped greens and stir fry till it starts wilting. Finally add the florets and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the washed rice with required amount of water.
Pressure cook till 3 whistles. Serve hot with choice accompaniments.