TOMATO AND DILL RICE



This recipe is a variation of my regular tomato rice with added dill leaves. I started using dill leaves after reading so many dill recipes from the blogs. My first attempt with dill leaves did not go that well, I added it in a simple dhal and we found that the flavor of the leaves was too overpowering in the dish. Since then I had not used these leaves. Recently my friend made a different dish for us with dill. She made stuffed cabbage rolls for us and the stuffing that my friend used was like our regular tomato rice with dill leaves. We have been hooked on to this dish since then. I have been making the rice without stuffing them into cabbage leaves..that’s too tedious for me :( Dear friends, if any if you like dill leaves in pulav or rice varieties, then this dish is for you! Go ahead and try this dish, this combination is simply awesome.

As I was searching for the nutritional value of these leaves, I found some interesting facts about them in www.lifestyle.iloveindia.com which I wanted to share here:
• It helps in the secretion of bile and digestive juices, which further aid easy digestion. It helps stimulates the appetite as well.
• Dill provides great relief to those suffering from diarrhea, dysentery and menstrual disorders.
•• Dill shares similarity with garlic, in preventing bacterial overgrowth. The volatile oil of dill shows bacateriostatic effects.
• The herb is rich in calcium, which lowers the bone loss, particularly after menopause and in some conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
• Dill helps in increasing the amount of urination and thereby, aids the body in getting rid of toxic elements.

These pretty leaves are healthy too, so here goes the recipe!

INGREDIENTS:
1. Cooked brown rice, 1 cup.
2. Ripe Roma tomatoes, medium-size, 3.
3. Red onions, medium-size, 2.
4. Fresh dill leaves, 1 small bunch.
5. Ginger-garlic paste, 1teaspoon.
6. Green chilies, 1-2.
7. Chili powder, ½ teaspoon.
8. Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon.
9. Turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon.
10. Mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon.
11. Fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon.
12. Curry leaves and cilantro for garnishing.
13. Salt as per taste.

PREPARATION:
Cook the rice separately and let it cool. The rice should not be mushy. Wash the dill leaves and dice the leaves finely. Dice the onion and tomatoes and slit the green chilies into 2. Heat a pan with 2 teaspoons of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the fennel seeds and fry for 2 seconds. Add the onions and curry leaves and sauté for a few minutes until the onions turn translucent. Now add the ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes, chopped dill leaves, and green chilies and sauté for a few more minutes until everything is blended. Add the chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt and mix well. Cook closed under low flame for 5 minutes until the raw smell of the spices goes. Now add chopped cilantro and rice and mix everything. If needed, 1 tablespoon of ghee can also be added. Let it sit under low flame and switch off the stove. Serve hot with raita or any spicy side dish.

Variation: A teaspoon of garam masala can also be added along with the other powders while cooking.

40 comments:

Priya said...

Am gonna try this rice definitely, i love dill leaves in anything..thanks for sharing Gita, will treasure this recipe..

Asha said...

Looks tasty, I bought Dill y'day, will try this. Thanks for posting.

Nithu Bala said...

This looks interestng Dear..will definitely give a try..

Rachana Kothari said...

I love dill and this tomato and dill rice looks yumm!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe dear :)

simply.food said...

Lovely healthy recipe.Rice looks great.

Animisha said...

ooooooh
yumyum nice creativity
great experiements u make
never tried dill leaves though

DEESHA said...

I have never combined tomato & dill .. seems like a great combo

shahana said...

Dill rice looks delicious!!!will try this healthy dish soon

Nandini said...

Wonderful way to sneak dill in tasty tomato rice! Even my family never like dill due to its strong flavor :(
Healthy rice dear!

Nithya said...

This is yummy :)

kitchen queen said...

delicious and tempting rice and thanks for sharing the nutritive values of Dil leaves.

Cham said...

One needs to acquire the dill taste! The rice seems delicious!

Neetz said...

I never knew dill leaves can be used liek this :)..thnx so much for sharing the refipe :)

Aparna said...

defintely try and thanks for the wonderful information dear..

Prathibha said...

Thats a lovely combo of ingredients..looks yummy n aromatic

BeenaShylesh said...

Different recipe....

shanthi said...

A new combo for rice

Akal's Saappadu said...

sounds tasty, flavorful and delicious!! and thank you for all these info on dill!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice N healthy combo...looks delicious too

priya said...

nice combo..looks perfect!

Tina said...

Nice combination...Rice looks delicious and yummy...

Viki's Kitchen said...

Dill rice seems a great idea dear. Never known the health benefits of dill before. very interesting. Hereafter I will look for them too:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Dill and tomato rice seems a great idea dear. Never known the health benefits of dill before. very interesting. Hereafter I will look for them too:) Nice click.

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Great recipe, dear shall try this...

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Shama Nagarajan said...

great yummy recipe dear..thanks for sharing

Gulmohar said...

This combo is new to me ..would love to try this flavorful rice ,Gita !

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Comfort food, oh the aroma must have filled in the entire house and your neighbors would be envying you!!!

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Devi Meyyappan said...

Woow.. this is completely new to me and looks fabulous!!.. very tempting!!.. thank you!:) I would like to share some awards with you please accept it from my blog:):)

Vaishali said...

I love the fragrance dill gives to rice. I make a very simple, very delicious dill rice, but adding dill to tomato rice sounds absolutely gorgeous.
I also worked from home today, Gita-- it seemed like just too much work to get out in the snow, but now there's all that shoveling left to do :) Hope you're staying warm!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Very aromatic

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

I like your recipe.
It looks delicious.
See Soon.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hey Gita, About the Jaggery that I used in Menthi Sankati - yeah I used pieces of jaggery melted it and used it in the rice batter!! Sorry for the late reply!!!

Padma said...

Love dill leaves. This looks very flavorful and delicious Gita.

Nostalgia said...

I have had the same problem with dill once when I tried at home. It was too overpowering for my taste. However, a dish my friend makes with black eyed beans and dill is awesome.. but I have no clue how to do it. I will give yours a go fist and then give my friend a call for her recipe too. Thank you!

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow, this rice looks so nice ..dill leaves with rice looks to be a great combo..never tasted it..will try this one..

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Jagruti said...

Lovely and tasty rice...m going to try this one, got some dill in the fridge..tempting..

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Thanks Gita for your sweet comments on my blog. This rice looks tempting! I love dill..so will try this surely..You have such a gr8 collection of recipes.gonna follow u..

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! Superb Rice..looks so yummy and delicious..great idea..
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Swapna Sree said...

very interesting recipe,,definitely try it soon..
plz accept the award from my blog..

AdukalaVishesham said...

something new to us... looks interesting....