Pudhina Dhaniya Pulao (A Mixed Vegetable Pilaf flavored with fresh Mint & Cilantro)
Posted Jan 20 2011 11:16pm
Today was a very productive day. I am not one to make the absolute best use of my day so I was extremely happy that today was productive. I woke up super excited for my haircut and highlights appointment - I was contemplating between brown highlights and red highlights, such big decisions I tell you. My family is probably so turned off by reading my daily thoughts. Hehe! Well, I decided on red, reddish-brown to be exact. I can't say that I am truly happy with my decision because the color is very subtle on my black hair, but hopefully it'll be a bit more obvious tomorrow when the sun comes out.
To continue on that happy note, my hairstylist straightened my hair for me which is always such a treat for my sometimes frizzy & hard-to-manage curly hair, I almost look like a different person today. My husband surely loves the temporary look, and so do I, but I have also grown to love curly hair... it took years and years of therapy! Just kidding! :-)
After I was done with my hair appointment, I headed to Noodle Gourmet, one my favorite Chinese food shacks since the Rutgers days. If you are ever around Rutgers, I'm tellin' ya, head to Noodle Gourmet - it is seriously one of the best Chinese places. After grabbing a bite, I headed to COSTCO - it was so empty on a weekday which saved me a ton of time! My final stop was the grocery store where I picked up some ingredients for my friend's birthday cake... I'll be baking a healthful, moist, and delicious Banana Cake this weekend so watch out! See, today was very productive! I love it when I get so much done.
And now... food! The other day I wanted to make Chinese Veggie Fried Rice, however my husband asked me to make an Indian Rice Dish instead. I agreed and created a recipe to make us both happy. I incorporated the Chinese Fried Rice veggies (broccoli, carrots, scallions, onions, peas), combined them with Indian spices and a blended paste of mint and cilantro leaves. The fresh herbs alone added color and a depth of flavor. Hope you like this.
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NUTRITION: Broccoli adds tons of nutrition value... Fiber, Folic Acid, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Carrots are LOADED with Vitamin A (eyes). Also, it is a very good source of Fiber, Vitamins C and K. Green Peas are a good source of Vitamins B1 & C, Protein, and Iron, and a very good source of Folic Acid and Vitamin B1.
Mint Leaves - 1 handful (blended)
Cilantro Leaves - 1 handful (blended)
Sunflower/Olive Oil - 2 tbsp (I used Sunflower for this dish)
Bay Leaves - 3
Cinnamon Sticks - 1
Cloves - 4
Black Cardamom - 1 (or you can use 3 green cardamoms instead)
Cumin Seeds - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies - 4 (sliced lengthwise)
Ginger - 1 inch (chopped)
Garlic - 4 cloves (chopped)
Scallions - 1 bunch (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
Red Onion - 1 medium (sliced)
Carrots - 3 medium (chopped)
Broccoli - 1 (cut into florets, use the stem)
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp initially; 1 tsp later
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp (go with 1/2 tsp if you can't handle heat)