Masala Pulao for Recipe ReDux

It's Recipe ReDux time!! This month's theme is a very interesting one!

Back to the Dinner Table

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday/vacation season, August is the time many families get ‘back to routine.’ Show us your favorite recipe to help families get ‘back to the dinner table.’ It might be a favorite family recipe from your childhood that you’ve ReDuxed; or maybe it’s your family’s current favorite. Let’s all gather back at the table!

Choosing a dish that goes with this theme was very easy!

Now that Lil Dude has started school, his lunch box needs extra consideration.He eats less and I have to make sure he gets all the good stuff in with what ever he like!! Lil Angel on the other hand has crossed this stage and is quite content with what I pack for her.

Lil Dude does not prefer rice dishes in his box. He prefers Roti and does not mind having it for every meal ,everyday!!Some how I find that monotonous and once in a while pack up some rice dish in the flavors and colors that will interest him.

This is one such dish that the lil one does not mind eating,even if packed in the lunch box!!

At first I tried this dish at home for dinner and when I found the kids digging into it without any complaints , I moved it over to the lunch box.By now you would have guessed that the dinner is the time I introduce new dishes for the kids so that I can be sure that they finish off their lunch box when the same dish is repeated on a later date.

Hubby to prefers such kind of one pot meals and like to have it along with dinner[which is the one meal he eats in peace] in addition to the regular South Indian dishes.

I add veggies and legumes and a bit of masala to brighten the dish up and served with some crispies and raita[yogurt dip].All these together makes it a meal worth trying.

This is becoming a sort of family favorite and I find it very easy to prepare as the steps are quite simple and there are no fancy ingredients required to make this dish/

So this dish is a big win-win!!!

I used:

Rice- 1 cup
Nigella seeds- 1/2 teapoon
Garlic- 2 pods, chopped
Carrot grated- 1, small
Capsicum chopped- 1/4 cup[I used colored capsicum / bell peppers]
Boiled Kaala channa - a handful
Boiled corn- a handful
Kitchen king masala- 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder- a large pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 teaspoon

Cook rice as you would normally do but take care to see that the grains are separate. Keep aside.

Heat a pan with oil and add nigella seeds.Saute onion and garlic.Add grated carrot, chopped capsicum,boiled kala channa and corn.

Add kitchen magic masala, salt and turmeric powder

Sprinkle a little water if the mixture is too dry.Put in the rice[add 3/4 the quantity,mix well and add more rice as needed]. Simmer the contents of the pan for a few minutes for the flavors to blend.

I served this for dinner  with cucumber raita and homemade rice crisps on the side.

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