Monday, June 29, 2009

Brown Rice -- Methi Rice


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My Container Garden


The last few days have been super busy. Pardon me, I have neither blogged nor visited any blogs. There were so many unread posts in my blog reader and I felt so restless that I closed my eyes and clicked "Mark all read" for all of them.


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In other news the 5 year old graduated...ahem, only from Kindergarten. But they had a full ceremony with a cap and a robe followed by a luncheon. It seems like just the other day that S started going to daycare/pre-school, bawling her lungs out and turning my knees into jelly. She has certainly graduated from a crying 2 year old to a school loving 5 and once again I feel the butterflies in my tummy as she looks forward to Grade 1 in the bIIIIg school. But that is not until September and till then she still has summer camp to enjoy at her old school.

We also got the house painted over last week (To expel any doubts I just want to edit to add that we didn't do the painting ourselves, we are not that great :)). Choosing colors is a nightmare cum pleasure rolled into one, a nightmarish pleasure if you wish. All I did till the last minute was bought sample jars while S and D painted test swatches. Thankfully most of the colors came out as expected except one which we had to re-do. So while the nightmare is over, I am sorely missing checking out paints and pairing them on the world wide web. The kitchen got a much needed break and except for Baby A's Khichudi I hardly cooked anything


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After a hectic week of a ramshackle house and eating out almost all week, I wanted to bring some sanity to the body over the weekend. The body was craving something earthy with the lightest hint of spices. Made a simple Methi Rice with methi (fenugreek) greens from my container garden. I planted methi, corriander, basil, lemon balm, swiss chard and some beet in containers on the patio. D has tomatoes, squash, okra, pui saag(pohi greens) and some other stuff in our small backyard veggie patch. He started late though and I don't know when we will see any produce.

The Methi Rice or Rice with Fenugreek Greens I made was with Brown Basmati and it is not much of a recipe, more of a coming together of ingredients around the house. I did not measure anything and what I have here is more of a ball park estimate than approximate. This goes to The Heart of the Matter # 27 whose theme is Best of June's produce.


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Methi Rice with Brown Rice



Wash and soak 1 and 1/2 cups of Brown basmati

In a Kadhai or a heavy bottome pan, heat oil

Temper/Chaunce with 4 Elaichi/Cradamom, 4 Clove/Laung and 1" stick of Cinnamon/Darchini

Add 1 cup of finely chopped red onion and fry with a sprinkle of sugar till light brown

Add 1 tsp of Ginger paste and 1/2 tsp of Garlic paste and fry

Add 1/4 cup of Methi greens(I only had this much, add more if you have) and 1 cup of peas or frozen mixed vegetables(defrost before adding) and fry till the veggies look cooked

Add a little Kasoori methi and 1/2 -1 tsp of Biryani masala and fry for a minute

Add the rice and saute for couple of minutes. Add 1/2 cup of milk + almost 4 cups of water and let the rice cook. Flavor the water with some lime zest, I added 2-3 leaves from my lime balm plant. Note: Amount of water will depend on the type of rice you are using

Season with salt and pepper.

Once the rice is done, add 1/4 cup of crumbled paneer and mix well.

Garnish with coarsely grounded roasted peanut.





Trivia: Methi or Fenugreek is popular both as a herb and as a spice(the seed). Supplements of fenugreek seeds has been shown to lower serum cholesterol, triglyceride, and low-density lipoprotein in human patients . Methi from Qasoor in Punjab is very famous in its fragrance throughout the country and known as Qasoori Methi.

82 comments:

  1. Congrats to the new Grad at home :)
    So which colors did you guys finally pick, the names that you had listed were really funny (and weird). The rice looks soooper and so does your garden.

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  2. Hi S! Hope you're doing well. I love to see your container garden growing! Don't worry about the 'late start' on some things -- my papa used to say the best garden he ever had was planted on 4th of July, and that was way up north here!

    I have some brown basmati and never know quite what to do with it. Now you've inspired me to sprout some methi of my own and when it's grown, I can try your yummy rice.

    Happy Graduation to the little one -- happy summer days ahead :)

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  3. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Sandeepa,

    Glad to read abt the eventful things happening at ur end :)
    Congratulations and hugs to the little one on her graduation!Best wishes for the new term in advance :)n Happy holidays!!

    Methi cooked in brown rice...obviously health packed dear!
    I love it. I mean the plate in which u've served ;)Bye and stay happy.God bless
    TC

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  4. Healthy, quick and tasty is an unbeatable combination (except by calories, perhaps!).

    I like the way you handled your blog reader. I should try it one of these days. Mine is always way ahead of me. :)

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  5. congrats to the grad.:)) love ur container garden!!my garden still doesn't look as good as it did in the previous yrs. yo painted the house? we did too, and i can understand it when u say "nightmarish pleasure".:)

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  6. That looks delicious. A totally new idea this one. Will try for sure.

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  7. I have house painting coming up and this is a rare time when we are at loggerheads ... I want plain white and he wants a shade of yellow. Methi rice ami kori kintu brown rice noye. Congrats to little S.
    Your garden looks happy.:-)

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  8. Congrats to the Graduate :)
    Like the rice recipe - kind of a tehri recipe . Will try it definitely since it sounds healthy :)Tumi bhalo achho ?

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  9. eta to bishal bagan! I have never made rice with methi.. next target. Loved the recipe.

    congrats to the Grad:-) we had missed my DD's preschool graduation, becoz of our move here & i cannot seem to forgive myself:-(.. no KG graduation here since she did KG in the public school.

    we had painted a couple of rooms in our previous house, & never dared to do it again here:-)

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  10. Glad to hear that things have been going great with you! Congrats to the new grad and on finishing the huge paint job. Rice looks great as I'm a huge fan of methi! :)

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  11. Congratulations to S! what a big girl :)

    K has just turned 4 last month and started Nursery in the Big school - school starts next week and we have to get back to the usual routine - right now she is sleeping in till about 8 30-9am!!! I am going to feel terrible about putting her to bed early (and not getting that extra time with her in the evenings) and waking her up early..

    The methi brown rice combo looks super healthy to me! Unfortunately, too much fibre for me since I don't digest it very well (some rare congenital condition - don't ask) and I will admire from afar!

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  12. Priya

    We picked almost all of those weird (;-)) colors, you know had the accent walls painted with the deeper shades and such things

    Linda

    That gives me some solace :) You can use Brown Basmati for a lot of things, just substitute it for regular rice.

    Suparna

    Naaahhhhh not really eventful, more of painful ;-)

    Aparna

    Yeah it is becoming like my growing "To - Do" list

    Mallugirl

    Check mail

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  13. Anamika
    Thank you

    Sharmila

    Amader ar sada wall prai nei. Khub tension hochchilo ki rokom lagbe keno na ami accent walls er jonye kichu deeper shades niyechilam. jak ge thik i ache.

    Mallika Di

    tehri kheyechi kohkono korini. Ami bhalo

    Soma

    Ha, ha oi rokom mone hoy, mote 5-6 container. Garduation shune ami porei jachilam tar upor abar sholo taka nilo oi robe ar cap er jonyo. Ei pass kore i Mc e burger flip korbe ;-)

    Kalai

    No, no things have been not really great, it has just been hectic. poor S now has a viral :(

    Miri

    Getting up will be a big issue in our home too. This school has its bus coming before 8 so you can imagine the nautanki that will ensue.
    Good luck to K :)

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  14. Congratulations for little graduate & wish her for next step ...
    Brown methi rice is super delicious & healthy combo . & hain bari colour kora , boro jhonjhat er kaj ..

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  15. All the best to the Little grad in the biig school...they do grow up very quickly, don't they?

    Love the rice :-)

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  16. Its so cute to see the graduate pic.. :) And topped but he lovely rice. Looks yummy..

    Guess this is my first time to your blog and should surely say that its very impressive. will be here often.. :)

    Do take a look at my blogs when you find time.

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  17. Congratulations to the little grad, a proud moment indeed. i have 2 more years to go, before my little one graduates.
    Kudos to you all for the paint job. We have a hard time doing the regular carpet cleaning, lawn mowing etc and cannot even dream about painting.Your garden looks good and so does the rice.

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  18. Painting the house is a real hectic core but can be enjoyed as bringing up a child. pls post a few pics of the hose in new paints. The rice looks lovely and simple. Haven't eaten brown rice yet. And congrats to Big S on her graduation ;)

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  19. Thanks Everyone will pass on the good wishes to the new grad ;-)

    Red Chillies

    We didn't do the painting ourselves. We hired a local contractor.
    If we would have done it, it wouldn't finish in even the next 3 years :D

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  20. I love this kind of a presentation especially during the summer months when my appetite is at an all time low. Somehow less looks like more at this time of the year.

    btw when I think 'bong' I think of that thing people use to smoke certain kind of herbs with...but I'm assuming it's not meant to mean that in this context... :P

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  21. Wonderful! I eat rice often and always appreciate new ways to dress it up, especially when fenugreek is involved.

    I understand the google reader frustration. It is both a blessing and a curse at the same time :)

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  22. It was wonderful to find another Bengali mother on the blogosphere!

    A friend gave me seed starts this year that got me interested in container gardening. So, how did you plant methi? From the seeds that you cook with (from Indian stores)?

    I am looking through your blog and remembering all my childhood favorites like beet-er chop and kumro phul bhaja.

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  23. Yes AM

    Just soaked the methi in your kitchen till it sprouted and then put them in the soil.

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