Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mixed Rice - Beets with peanuts and broccoli

I am not really sure how the holiday season has crept on us so quickly. I can blame it on the commute too. Okay I won't do that. I am sure all of you are just getting tired of this particular crib. I usually know for sure that the Holiday Season has arrived when DD2's school has their Holiday Party. This year the day before the the holiday party(was yesterday) I realize that I have not shopped for presents for the teacher.

I quickly ran to the store and bought gift cards. What do you all think of giving gift card to teachers? Photo frames, scarves, candy boxes and such which are safe gifts seemed boring. The other reason have no idea if the teachers find them useful or not. There is only so many photo frames that a teacher can keep around the house right? Anyway I feel the gift card gives the teacher flexibility to buy what they really want.

Any teachers or parents who have opinions on this one please chime in. I feel a bit guilty beacuse it might seem that I did not spend time finding the perfect gift. Folks what do you think?

On to the recipe,
The recipe presented is one for those weekday nights when there is no time but want something quick and filling. I always have beets in the fridge. They come in handy and stay for a long time. Beets cooked to almost roasted is when they taste best. This beet raita is something I grew up with and reminds me of home whenever I cook it. I modified it a bit and started mixing it with rice and it has become another go to one pot meal. Broccoli is normally not added but I decided to add some because there was a huge pack of broccoli lying around after DH decided to do some Costco shopping. Broccoli in the end seemed like a great idea (the only reason why I chose to make this post). It gave it a crunch that goes well with any rice dish. Do not overcook the broccoli that it would be a very bad idea.

Beets with peanuts and broccoli
1. 4-5 medium to small beets peeled and grated (see notes:)
2. 2 cups of broccoli florets
3. 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
4. 8-10 slit green chilies (or as per taste)
5. Cooked rice from 1 1/2 cups of rice (I used ponni parboiled rice)
6. 1/4 cup of roasted unsalted peanuts
7.seasonings: cumin seeds, mustard seeds, 1 tbsp channa dal, 2 tsp of urad dal and curry leaves
8. salt to taste
9. 2 tsp of oil

1. Cook the rice, fluff and set aside.
2. Heat a kadai with oil and when hot add the channa dal and urad dal. When brown add the cumin, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
3. Add the green chilies, onion and saute till it starts to turn brown.
4. Add the grated beets with a 1/4 cup of water. Water is optional (see notes). Add salt.
5. In the meantime heat water in a sauce pan to boiling and parboil the broccoli florets for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
6. When the beets have cooked and there is no liquid add in the peanuts and broccoli and give a good mix and turn off the heat.
7. Add in the cooked rice and mix it in for a one pot meal.
1. I hand grate the beets but they can be chopped to tiny pieces using a food processor.
2.I add a 1/4 cup of water so I do not need to babysit the beets but no water is required but just that they have to be stirred every couple of minutes if no water is added. The taste is far better without the water.


  1. That is one awesome combo dish..:) loved the green and the reddish pink colours of the dish..:)

  2. same here Indo. prefer to give gift cards as those are safe and anybody can by whatever they want to. the dish looks very colourful

  3. I've experimented with different gifts.. coupling something home made (like cookies or biscotti) with some scented candles & a nice card was my favorite but this year I took the gift card route too.. Actually the homeroom mom suggested that those willing could send herthe money and then she would buy gift cards using the program in school (which would also provide some cash back to the school). The teachers had all provided some info on their preferences for giftcards in a little manual that was shared with parents so that made it convenient too. This being our first year I was wondering however what to give the bus driver...

  4. Sayantani, glad to hear I am not the only one.

    Laavanya, homemade goodies would be the perfect gift. I never plan that far ahead to do it. I am glad teacher's actually said that they prefer gift cards.

  5. Inspired dish indeed! what a great combo = especially the peanuts and broccoli!

  6. Yes, I thought I would go the safe way of gift cards this year but then BigSis said that her teacher likes chocolates, so I could buy a nice bowl or mug, fill it with chocolates and wrap it up. She had also suggested bowls filled with home made cookies for which I had no time. I am going with the former.
    For the bus driver I yet again got a scarf :(

    I am thinking if I have time(and plan ahead) next year I will make the kids paint a bowl/dish at the pottery studio and gift that. Won't that be nice ?

  7. I think gift cards are awesome-they allow the person to buy something they really want. I usually pair the gift card with something small, like edibles or even a card with a heartfelt note.

  8. Nupur so true. DD2 made cards so that counts I guess.

    Sandeepa, that would be nice indeed.


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