Mixed Vegetable Rice

    45 minutes

    This is a great side dish or a vegetarian one-dish quick lunch. It can be served with a simple onion or tomato raita.

    4 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1/4 cup (60ml) cooking oil
    • 6 whole cloves
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 black cardamom pods
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 onion, sliced thin
    • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
    • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into long strips
    • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 165g fresh green beans, cut into long strips
    • 1 cup frozen green peas
    • 4 cups (625g) basmati rice, rinsed
    • 1 pinch salt, to taste
    • 6 1/2 cups (1625ml) water

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large frypan; fry the cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods and cumin seeds in the hot oil until fragrant; 2 to 3 minutes.
    2. Stir the onion and ginger-garlic paste into the spice mixture and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown; 5 to 7 minutes.
    3. Add the carrots, potatoes, green beans, peas and rice; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Pour the water over the mixture and season with salt; gently mix to incorporate.
    4. Bring the mixture to a full boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook on low until the rice is tender; about 20 minutes.
    5. Remove the cover and cook another 15 minutes. Stir gently before serving.

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    pretty good!  -  28 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was ok, but with the quantities given in the recipe it came out rather bland. It took over an hour to cook the potatoes and carrots, if I was making this again I would parboil them before adding them to the rice mixture. I would also use less rice or more spices!  -  03 Jul 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Simple and easy way to prepare. Also the taste is good.  -  26 Dec 2015  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)