Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mixed Vegetable and Soya Rice with a tomatoey raita

Mixed Vegetable and Soya Rice

I made this over the weekend to use up all the small bits and pieces of vegetables languishing in my refrigerator. Since we are big rice-eaters, I always have some rice sitting in the refrigerator. I prefer to use rice which is at least a day or two old for such recipes as each grain of rice remains firm and manages to retain its identity. In addition to the vegetables, I also threw in some soya granules (textured soy protein). Since we are vegetarians, I always look for ways to incorporate this in our meals whenever possible as it adds to the nutritive content of any dish.
3 cups cooked Basmati rice
1 small onion, chopped
2 spring onions (scallions), chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 potato, chopped finely
½ cup lima beans
1 cup Soya granules (soak in some warm water for about 10 minutes, squeeze, wash, squeeze again and use)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1tsp ginger paste
1tsp garlic paste
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tsp garam masala
1 Tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds followed by the onions, spring onions and ginger garlic paste. Sauté for a bit till the onions turn translucent.

Add the finely chopped potato, lima beans and chopped tomatoes and cook for 2 -3 minutes.

Add the chilli powder and garam masala followed by the soya granules. Cover and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes allowing the soya to absorb all the flavors.

Stir in the cooked rice and mix everything well.

Serve hot with a raita.

Tomatoey Raita


2-3 cups yogurt, whipped/beaten
1 ½ Tbsp tomato paste
½ cup onion, very thinly chopped
4 green chillies, thinly chopped
Salt to taste.

Blend the tomato paste into the yogurt.
Add all the other ingredients.
Chill and serve.

This is my entry for

JFI -Rice being hosted by Sharmi of Neivedyam.

38 Burps:

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

OMG!....Mouthwatering recipes...Lovely picture...

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow tbc....The rice looks great...and the tomato raitha loooks amazing dear.....Nice entry :-) said...

Nice Entry TBC....I've never been a big fan of TVP. I like tofu, in chunks with Thai food and even sometimes as a paneer subsitute. Maybe TVP might taste better with masala podi as you have done here... I have only eaten in vegetarian chili and it was rubbery.


Kamini said...

TBC, Your rice looks so healthy and delicious. And your tomatoey raita??? looks like a dessert-so yummy. Feel like dipping my finger and licking it off the screen. Should I refer to myself as the little tbc? ( we share the same abbreviation :) )

Rajitha said...

the rice and the raita look so good. i am getting hungry looking at them!

Richa said...

the rice definitely has each n every grain separate, looks yum.
the smooth texture of the raita is so good :)

bhags said...

this seems like a perfect comfort food...nice recipe, love te pics

Laavanya said...

Great entry TBC. The rice looks perfect and I love the addition of soy granules and lima beans. Very nutritious

Nupur said...

That is the creamiest raita ever! Pulao and raita...what more can you ask for?

Asha said...

tbc, Pulao is mouthwatering but I am blown away with your Riata! So wonderfully colorful:))
See you next week,hugs.

Happy cook said...

I also use the left over rive to make rice dished like this. Comming from S. India i love rice :-)

Padma said...

TBC, those are lovely pics and amazing recipe...esp with all those soya protein....great entry for JFI

Tee said...

Lovely meal! Loved the colour of your raita. Rice with soya granules/chunks is such a neat idea...i too have sent an entry with soya chunks for JFI.:)

Sreelu said...

TBC,which brand of soya chunks do you use, I tried with nutrella (I think) earlier and some how never liked it.raita looks so creamy

Prema Sundar said...

wow rice and raita looks so delicious.. have never used tomatoes as paste in raita.. looks creamy and tempting.

Suganya said...

Tomato paste to yogurt? Never thought of that before. But does it make it extra-tangy?

archana said...

TBC I liked the raita. It looks heavenly. This idea to use tomato paste is superb. What a lovely creamy colour. Rice looks nice too, but the raita has stollen the show :D ))Will surely try it :)

anusharaji( said...

must be healthy hmmm
i luv the bowls though
that gooey tomato raita is cool.

Sia said...

tomatoey raita looks like srikhand... beautiful pic tbc...

Chhaya said...

hi TBC, came to your blog through the comment that you left on mine ! Thanks for your kind blog is still a fledgling...but you have an amazing blog !! I cant wait to go through all your recipes and try them out !

TBC said...

Sukanya & Sirisha- thank you:-)

Kanchana, yeah, I too used to feel the same way about soya nuggets/granules. I guess if you soak in warm water adequately , squeeze etc & add proper masalas, they taste pretty reasonable & and don't taste as rubbery as it otherwise would:)

Kamini, thanks.... never realised that we were both tbc's ;-)

Rajitha & Richa- thanks:)

Bhags, thanks

Laavanya, yeah -I had those soya granules sitting around for too long already!

Nupur, thanks:-)....
ummm... if I were asking for stuff, I would definitely ask to get rid of some of my flab....if only there were magic potions/creams...

You're here??? Give those eyes some rest, girl!
Take care & come back and tell us everything when you can:-)
Hugs to u too.

Happy cook,
Join the club!I have recently started to change my food habits where rice is concerned.

Padma, thanks:)

Thanks. You have? Lemme go check out your dish.

Actually, I use the same thing too.I always have chunks & granules in my pantry.

I think the paste adds a tangy taste to the raita. It was really good.

It sure does.The taste with chopped tomatoes is not the same.

Archana, thanks dear:-).
Your comments are always very encouraging:-)


Sia,thanks... coming from you that means something:-)

Chhaya, thanks for stopping by.Hope to see you around sometime!

Mansi Desai said...

Hmmm, this looks nice...I'm not a soy fan, but i can't deny its benefits too:) this mihgt be a good way to try it. thx for sharing!!


Mansi Desai said...

Hey!! I've added you to my tag list for a meme...I do need to know more about you:) So get the details from my post (you've already seen it:)) and start writing girl!!


Sharmi said...

hey How did you make your raita look like that!! lovely!! the rice looks so comforting. I love lima and soy chunks in my rice.

Nags said...

i love soya chunks. and ur tomato raita is such a nice shade of pink! pretty :)

sher said...

Whoopee! Lima beans! I love the look of this entire dish! Thank you!

Raaga said...

nice nice :-)

Rachna said...

i love the tamatoey raita.... looks so tempting

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice raita! Always good with pulav. Colour is so good!

TBC said...

Hey Mansi,I felt the same way about soya too... our releationship has changed over time;-)
Thanks for tagging me. I'm flattered that you want to know more.I am not too good with these memes. My friend Seec had tagged me a long time back for one of these and I still haven't gotten around to doing it... someday.. I promise:-)

Sharmi, thanks for the compliment:-)All I did to the raita was add tomato paste instead of tomato pieces. It gives it a nice tinge, doesn't it?

Nags,thank you dear:-)

Sher, welcome to my blog!
Thanks & you are so welcome.

Raaga, thank u, thank u;-)

Rachna, many thanks:-)

Latha, yeah.. I always need some raita with rice made like this. If it is plain rice, I need yogurt:-)

Cynthia said...

Okay, that's it. I am making vegetable rice this weekend as it's all over the blog world today. Yours looks delicious too.

Bharathy said...

Wow!I love that platter of long grained spiced up rice!..look at that creaaamy n pretty raitha..!!

Involvement for a festival is all waht it a leaf or a fancy plate!!:)..

TBC said...

Cynthia, I know! it's rice everywhere today 'cos it's the deadline for the event:-)
Thanks for the compliment.

Bharathy,thank you:-)
Very true! but it would have given us some more room for all the dishes that I prepared;-)

Godzown said...

wow...Raita looks stunning!!

Godzown said...

wow...Raita looks stunning!!

TBC said...

Godzown-Welcome! and thanks for the compliment.

rv said...

loved the look of the raita and thanks for th recipe:) Wish u a Happy New Year:)

TBC said...

RV- You are very welcome. Hope you try it out. It couldn't be simpler!

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