Masala rice // Green peas // Quick Lunch Box recipe.
My mom is a wonderful cook. Before getting married, I never bothered to learn anything from her (guess that’s something all of us do, right ?:) We don’t realize the value when we have it. After moving to the US is when I realized what I missed. I started phone conversations with her on cooking, recipes and slowly I started learning her recipes. This masala rice is the first recipe I learnt from her. I remember my mom had made this when my in-laws had come to meet me for the first time and I still make it when they visit me or I visit them. This is my father in law’s favorite rice variety. This is the recipe I go for when I don’t want to chop many vegetables yet need to make sure we get enough.
Ingredients of Masala Rice:
Cooked rice: 2 cups
Chopped onion: 1/2 cup
Chopped tomato: 3/4 cup
Shelled green peas: 1/2 cup ( I prefer more vegetables so I added extra peas)
Salt as required
Turmeric: few pinches
Garam masala: 1 table spoon.
Oil: 1 spoon
Mustard, jeera, urad dhal, chana dhal 1 tsp each.
Garlic pods: 4
Curry leaves: 5 or 6 leaves
Green chilies: 2 slit length wise.
Method Of Preparation:
Take a kadai/pan, add oil and add the ingredients in the tadka in the above listed order, starting with mustard.
Fry the garlic well, add onions.
When the onions are translucent, add tomatoes.
Once tomatoes are soft add green peas and cook. Add salt, turmeric and garam masala.
Fry for a few minutes and add cooked rice and mix well.
Close the pan with lid and leave it under low flame for few minutes for all the flavors to marry!
Garnish with coriander and serve hot with boondi raita or any raita of your choice or even chips.
Gayathri is originally from India. She lived abroad for more than a decade. She spent 8 years in Seattle, USA before relocating to Bangalore (Namma Bengaluru!). As a mother of two young boys, she juggles between multiple roles and responsibilities. She is passionate about getting a sense of accomplishment in anything she deals with. She is very keen on providing fresh and nutritional food to her family. She believes that the ability to triumph begins with you! Cooking, Churning easy Indian recipes and fusion recipes, Teaching, Emceeing and actively participating in giving back to Society are where her heart lies in.