Thursday, March 20, 2008

Quick Meal - Spicy Brinjal and Bean Rice

It is good to have a few one pot quick meals in your repertoire if you are pressed for time but would still like a good wholesome meal. Dinner times are tricky because there is numerous things to take care of in the evening and there is only so much time at your disposal. It does not have to be the same old meal all the time, fancy rice dishes are possible, steaming hot and ready when you get home exhausted. Hanging around the soccer field or the swimming pool for the various activities to end is not exactly fun when your mind is busy wondering what to whip up for dinner when you get home. The electric Rice Cooker is a life saver in these situtations. Do the sauteing ahead of time and when ready transfer the contents with rice and water over to the electric cooker. Quick fluffy hot meal is ready when you get back. I used Seeraga Samba rice and love the unique taste and texture. The rice was even more tastier the day after packed in my lunch box.


Spicy Brinjal Kidney Bean Rice

1. 5-6 Small Purple Brinjals
2. 3/4 Cup of soaked Kidney Beans (any bean will work)
3. 1 Cup Seeraga Samba Rice (Basmati Rice)
4. 1/2 Onion Sliced thin lengthwise
5. 1 tbsp tomato paste
6. 4-5 garlic cloves chopped fine
7. 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
8. few mint leaves and a fist full of coriander leaves (methi leaves if available)
9. seasonings - cumin, curry leaves and fennel seeds
10. 1 tbsp yougurt
11. 1 tbsp of spice powder of choice (Linda, sambhar powder could be used :)
12. oil + ghee as per requirement

Spice Powder
1. 3 Red Chilies
2. 2 tsp coriander seeds
3. 1 tsp cumin seeds
4. a few methi seeds
5. a few peppercorns
Dry roast the above and powder using a spice blender

1. In a pan heat a bit of oil and bit of ghee and when hot add the seasonings - cumin, curry leaves and fennel seeds
2.add the onion and fry till translucent, add the garlic and ginger and fry a bit more
3. add the mint and coriander leaves and saute till the leaves wilt
4. add the cut brinjal and saute till it changes color slightly
5. add the soaked bean and mix
6. add the tomato paste and mix thoroughly, add the yogurt and the spiced powder, salt and mix it well

Switch off the heat and when ready add required amount of water and the rice, check for salt.
7. Transfer the contents over to Electric Cooker.

Now you are free to leave the house for a spin or to take care of other business. When you get back hot and aromatic brinjal bean rice is ready to be served with a Raita of choice.


  1. I know I am repeating myself, but I love the earthy colors of your cooking, ISG. I have to look for that rice. All the brinjals in the market looked so tired today, I didn't buy any. Maybe on the weekend I'll find some fresh, and can try this! Yep, it's garden time... :)

  2. different combo.Worth trying

  3. innovative idea:))looks yummmmmmmmmm

  4. the rice has such a nice color, very tempting! wow nice to know that rajma gets cooked in the rice cooker, u did not hv to pre boil it, right?

  5. One pot meals are so convenient and tasty....I like the combination of brinjals with rajma.

  6. Richa, no the beans were not pre boiled. The great thing about the rice cooker, it did not get mushy and was cooked just right.

  7. This is indeed a wholesome easy meal.

  8. wow..this looks many spices..i love them..:)

  9. looks delicious... nice idea...

  10. Great idea to use the rice cooker like this. Sounds really delicious! :)

  11. Looks so delicious. Haven't had this combo of brinjal & bean before. Great idea!!

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  13. This is a nice idea, dear! Two of my favorite ingredients with rice :). Can't get any better than that!


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