Monday, June 27, 2011

Green Gram Rice

Want a quick and filling lunch ?? - go for this simple legume n rice dish that has many a happy smiles from the kids as well as the older kid (yup i mean hubby---:P) . A bowl of boiled & frozen green grams caught my attention and I gave this humble bean a simple but delicious make-over that translated in to happy tummies and cleanly wiped plates !!! The rice also was good for lunch box which was further dressed up generously with grated cheese.Home-made chana masala powder gives the heat in the dish and the powder sees a medley of various spices like coriander & cumin seeds, mace and peppercorns (recipe shortly) 

Instead of mixing cooked rice to the legume-spice mix (like I did) , you can also let the raw rice cook in the green gram-onion- tomato mix !

What's in the dish:-

  • Onions - 1 large - chopped finely
  • Tomatoes - 2 small-  chopped
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Green chillis - 2-  halved & slit in the middle - to taste
  • Garlic Pods - 2 to 3 - chopped
  • Homemade Chana Masala Powder - 1 tbsp - to taste 
  • Olive Oil - 1 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Green Gram - 1 cup ( soaked & pressure cooked till soft)
  • Cooked Rice - 1 cup- as required 
  • Coriander leaves - few sprigs - chopped
  • Grated Cheese - as required (for garnish) - optional

In a wok add the olive oil and let the fennel seeds crackle ! Add garlic pods and as their aroma storms the kitchen, add the curry leaves, green chillis and chopped onions. Saute till pink & fuzzy and then bring the tomatoes to the wok. Let it cook for some time before adding the chana masala powder & salt. Once the spices gets absorbed in to the onion-tomato mix, add the cooked beans and mix well. 

Let it simmer for a few minutes before adding the rice. Blend the rice well with the legume mix and switch off flame. 

Garnish with coriander leaves and grated cheese. Enjoy !

This is off to Sobha's Cook it healthy- Proteinicious


  1. Nice lunch box recipe.. Healthy too..

  2. Nice variety..looks wholesome n nice meal

  3. wow so tempting !! looks so wonderful !!

  4. Delicious rice,quick and healthy..bookmarked.

  5. Interesting recipe, looks wonderful and tempting.

  6. I used to make kichidi with them biut, never tried this version!!! great idea looks delicious!!

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  7. so delicious combo !! so quick and healthy rice !!

  8. Very healthy and tasty rice dear. Excellent preparation.

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  9. Healthy and delicious rice dish..

  10. A perfect protein packed wholesome one pot meal!!
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  11. very healthy one...perfect for kids

  12. Yumm Yumm...the rice looks so good!!! I wud love to have it for a lazy weekend!! Purrfect comfort food!!!

  13. That looks so delicious, a one pot perfect meal.

  14. Easy lunch box recipe... Gonna try this soon... Healthy one too...

  15. Delicious healthy lunch box it

  16. Nice looking recipe. Is Green Gram similar to mung bean? It looked like it in your gorgeous photos.
    Thank you for this.

  17. Love this delicious and filling rice :)

  18. Protein packed dish and also rich in fiber...perfect for lunch box.. Sooper

  19. I make this a lot .. the green grams are so high in protein and with rice .. make a great combo.

  20. Nutritious and wonderful one pot meal, seriously am loving it..

  21. wow, thats a very healthy and delicious rice, lovely recipe, thanx for sending it to my event.

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