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  • Subashini Pallianysamy

Rainbow Rice

Rainbows are wonders of Gods creation which absolutely amazing. When it comes to food, you may familiar with rainbow jellies, rainbow cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice creams and so on. Have ever heard about this rainbow rice before?

It was public Holiday which falls on Friday.  As usual i was at home, with my loving Kavinash watching TV programs in the morning. It has been months i hardly get time to watch cooking programs. That morning i was eagerly waiting for it. It was Anithavin Samayal which i felt wonderful cooking program hosted by Singer Anitha.  With her amazing humming in between hosting she happily prepared Rainbow Rice which is very unusual for me. According to her, it was a dish served in Hotels in India.  Quite amazing!

Since it was Friday and all at home prefer vegetarian food, i decided to prepare the dish for lunch. It takes quiet  long time to prepare, but  the results that you have achieved felt paid off for the hours you had spent.

I would say its very healthy, nutritious and wholesome dish. Very appealing especially for kids.

Don’t ask me why there’s only 3 colors here and where’s the balance 4 colors?  Its already blended with the rice.

First of all cook the rice first and let to cool.

Here in this recipe required to prepare ingredients for three types of rices.

Yellow rice :

  1. 1 bowl of cooked rice

  2. 1 cup cabbage slice very thinly

  3. 1 cup corn (coarsely blend in food processor)

  4. 1 cup cauliflower chopped thinly

  5. 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

  6. 1 onion sliced thinly

  7. 1 tsp cumin powder

  8. a pinch of turmeric powder

  9. a pinch of garam masala

  10. salt

Green Rice :

  1. 1 bowl of cooked rice

  2. 1 cup green peas

  3. 1 cup french beans thinly chopped

  4. 1/2 cup green pepper chopped

  5. 2 green chiliies

  6. a handful mint leaves

  7. a handful coriander leaves

  8. 1 onion slice thinly

  9. 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

  10. salt

Red Rice :

  1. 1 bowl of cooked rice

  2. 1 onions thinly sliced

  3. 1/2 cup tomato pureed (2 – 3 tomatoes)

  4. 2 tbsp chili paste

  5. salt

  6. 1 cup carrot grated

  7. 1 cup red pepper thinly chopped

Preparation Method :

1.) Yellow rice

Heat oil in wok. Add sliced onions and saute till transparent. Add ginger- garlic paste. Stir for 2 minute. Add all the vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, corn). Stir fry in high flame for 3 minutes. Add cumin powder and turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.  Make sure not to add too much turmeric powder. Add a pinch of garam masala as well. Add in cooked rice and mix until well combined. Stir and cover for 2 minutes in low flame or till all the vegetables fully cooked. Mix well. Turn off heat. Dish out.

2.) Green Rice

Blend green chilies, coriander leaves and mint leaves to smooth paste. Heat oil in wok. Add sliced onions and saute till transparent. Add ginger-garlic paste followed by blended green paste. Stir until the raw smell of chillies goes off. Add all the vegetables (peas, french beans, green pepper) and stir fry in high heat for 2 minutes.  Add salt to taste.  Add in cooked rice. Mix to well combined. Cover and let it cooked for 2 minutes in low flame.  Mix well. Turn off heat.

3.) Red Rice

Originally Chinese Chili Chutney been used for red rice. Here in my recipe i used red chili paste. Puree  tomatoes in food processor and keep aside. Grind  (2 red chili, 3 dry chili ,2 shallots,3 garlic, small piece ginger) to paste. Heat oil in pan. Add sliced onions and saute till transparent. Add chili paste and fry for 4 minutes. Add in tomato puree and mix to well blended for 2 minutes. Add in vegetables (carrot, red pepper). Mix vegetables until well combined with gravy. Add in salt and mix well.  Transfer the cooked rice into vegetables. Let the rice well coated. Stir in high flame for 2 minutes. Turn off heat.  Please adjust the amount of chili paste added according to your tolerate level.

After go through this recipe, you have noticed that, many types of vegetables been used in this single dish. Absolutely nutritious! Best to be serve with any raita or pachadi.  i serve this dish with cucumber raita / pachadi. Have a try!

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