(Indian One Pot Meal Ideas, Lunch Box Recipes, Veggie Rice Types, Rice Mixed With Vegetables)
Rice is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen and can very well belong to any cuisine. It can be used to make main course, dessert or sometimes even a starter. Cooked rice is a staple food in the Indian menu, especially a south Indian one. Any meal is considered incomplete without the rice being present. This cooked rice cannot be eaten along with accompaniments like dhal, sambhar, rice, kadi or some kuzhambu variety. To prepare one or many of these in busy weekday mornings can be cumbersome, more so if both the partners are working and have early working hours. In such times, “one pot meals” prove to be a great boon as they are simple, easy to cook, tasty and very nutritive too. One pot meal is no jargon, it is just vegetables and some spices cooked along with rice or added to rice, which make it a complete wholesome meal. Since one or many vegetables are infused with the rice, the whole dish is nutrient dense.
It is quite a fad among the weight watchers that consumption of rice is unhealthy and promotes weight gain. But it is a complete myth. On the contrary, rice is highly nutritive. Since rice is abundant in carbohydrates, it acts as a fuel for the body and aids in normal functioning of the brain. The vitamins, minerals and various organic components increase the functioning and metabolic activity of all our organ systems. Eating rice is extremely beneficial as it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. Whole grain rice like brown rice is rich in insoluble fiber that protects us against many types of cancer, especially the colon, rectal and intestinal cancer. It also contains natural anti oxidants like vitamin C and A and other important vitamins like B4, B1 and vitamin D. The consumption of rice also aids in bowel movement and heals other digestive problems.
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Plain Rice / Steamed Rice
Some of the recipes below requires rice to be cooked separately and then mixed with the sauteed vegetables. So here's the recipe to make the perfect cooked rice. Once the rice is ready, cool it and then mix with the vegetables.
One Pot Vegetable Rice Dishes