This is a rice dish, which I cook for my kids very often, especially on days when get tired of the dhal or rasam rice for lunch :) This dish is ideal for kids more than a old due to the spices added. We add fennel either in powder form or as seasoning in almost all the dishes (my grandma's style cooking ), so I have started introducing fennel and garlic in my kids dishes since they turned one and luckily they love these kids of spices just like me :)

1. Cooked rice, 1 cup.
2. Carrots, medium size, 2, grated or chopped into very small bite-size pieces.
3. Fresh peas, a handful, cooked and mashed up if preferred.
4. Onion, small, 1, diced finely.
5. Garlic, 1 clove, crushed (or) ginger-garlic paste, 1/6 teaspoon.
6. Pepper powder, a pinch or less. For older kids, a pinch of chili powder can be added if you are introducing your kids to spicy foods.
7. Fennel powder, a pinch.
8. Turmeric powder, a pinch.
9. Salt as per taste.
10. Curry leaves, 2-3 for flavor. This can be removed from the rice before rice.
11. Mustard seeds, 1/6th teaspoon, (optional). This can be skipped if serving this rice for toddlers.

Cook the rice separately, mash it if preferred,  and let it cool. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil. Add the mustard seeds and let it splutter once the oil turns hot. Now add the diced onions and sauté for a couple of minutes until the onions are translucent.  Now the ginger-garlic paste and the powders along with salt and sauté for a few minutes under low flame until the powders lose their raw smell. Add the carrots and peas  along with half a cup of water, mix everything, and cook closed under low flame for 10-12 minutes until the carrots are done and the dish turns a little dry. Mix this with rice and little bit of ghee if preferred and serve.

Variation: A small piece of cinnamon and cardamom can also be added while seasoning and removed before mixing in the rice.


nandoos Kitchen said...

Nice useful post. Going to try this for my daughter. Thanks a lot dear

Menaga sathia said...

Healthy n colourful one pot meal,def kids will love it!!

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