Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Beets N Kalonji Masala Rice

Red beets are high in carbohydrates and low in fat and it is an excellent source of folic acid. It is loaded with antioxidant that helps the body against heart disease, certain cancer especially colon cancer and even birth defects. Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beets their red color..this pigment is absorbed into the blood corpuscles and can increase the oxygen-carrying ability of the blood. Don't throw away the green leafy tops as they can be cooked like spinach and are also rich in beta-carotene, folic acid, chlorophyll, potassium, vitamin C, and iron.Kalonji seeds are about the same size as sesame seeds, they have a more triangular instead of oval shape.They can be added to traditional indian flatbread, any type of curry and to dal...I prepared this simple rice with kalonji seeds and beets..this delicious rice dish goes to Think Spice- Think Kalonji guest hosted by Dee of Ammalu's Kitchen, event started by Sunitha also to CFK-Rice guest hosted by Trupti of Recipe Center, event by Sharmi..

1cup Beetroot pieces
1no Onion (chopped)
2nos Green chillies(slit opened)
4nos Curry leaves
1/2tsp Coriander powder
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
1tsp Nigella seeds(kalonji)
2tbsp Grated coconut
2cups Cooked Basmati Rice

Heat enough oil in a pan, add the nigella seeds n let them crack, add the chopped onion pieces, slit opened green chillies, curry leaves with enough salt until the onions turns transculent, now add the beetroot pieces with coriander powder and garam masala powder, cook everything in simmer, springle some water and cook until the beets pieces get cooked..

Add the cooked basmati rice to the already cooked beets and toss gently until everything get well mixed, serve hot with papads!!

On the way to Single Serving Recipes event by Sahaja of Spicy Rasam!


Gita Jaishankar said... Reply To This Comment

I have never used kalonji seeds, it does sound interesting to add them in rice, beetroot rice is new to me Priya, looks very delicious. I should try this one soon :)

Poornima Nair said... Reply To This Comment

I love any dish with beetroot in it...that rice looks yumm.

sathya said... Reply To This Comment

Looks yummy priya, love that u added kalonji seeds in it

Pooja said... Reply To This Comment

Never used kalonji..rice is looking yummy priya..

Priya Sriram said... Reply To This Comment

Wow.. I didnt know beets are soooo good for health!! Thanks priya idhu pathi sonnadhukku, and for the rice idea! I wanna try all your recipes... But time-dan pathadu... he hee... :)

Sanghi said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely click.. yummmy priya..! Posted the FIL part2, check out..!

Deepa Hari said... Reply To This Comment

Rice looks yummy Priya....i never used kalonji before...will try using it.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

ooh ooh superb nice color and intresting recipe dear one of my favorite vegetablemmmmm yummmy

Dragon said... Reply To This Comment

Mmmmm, I love beets.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

mm..fresh approach there..enjoyed

Cham said... Reply To This Comment

I ve a pack of kalonji and didn't open at all. Looks good ur rice!

Purva Desai said... Reply To This Comment

this is one iron packed, healthy dish.....

Parita said... Reply To This Comment

Looks delicious, i never knew beetroots are so healthy, thanks for the info, have never used kalonji in anything other than nan and parathas, will def give it a try...

Suparna said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Priya,
kalonji in pulao is a new great!
Beets rice looks nice.

Ramya Vijaykumar said... Reply To This Comment

Delectable rice Priya... Looks yummy and wow color uhhh its making me crave for some!!!

ARUNA said... Reply To This Comment

never tried dishes with beetroot still Priya.....but i can surely give this a try!

Ashwini said... Reply To This Comment

i have never used kalonji seeds.. luv the betroot rice..

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Unique combo Priya.Havent used kalonji though. Do u cook something especially for all blog events or is it a coincidence that the recipe qualifies for an event?

Priya Suresh said... Reply To This Comment

Hi divya, thats a great q'n, i do cook splly for events but some of my drafts suits prefectly for certain events too..

Thanks to all friends for ur encouraging comments:)

Chutneytales said... Reply To This Comment

Amazing recipe!Nice color.. this beet rice with kalonji is a great idea.

Sharmi said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks for the lovely contribution, Looks beautiful!