It’s only now that my daughter asks me to pack rice for school lunch. It has always been prohibited before. I always try to give a wholesome and complete dish ( one pot meal) for lunch.
I made capsicum rice today. I had planned to add some soya granules to enhance the protein content.
But in the morning I found out that I had not stocked up soya granules.
So, I had to find an alternative. That time, I got this idea of using chutney dal. I use powdered chutney dal powder in a particular Upma recipe. It gives a very nice crunchy texture to the Upma. I decided to use the same today for this rice.
As I had expected, it added a very nice crunchy texture to the rice along with enhancing the protein content of the rice:)
And I was really happy when my daughter gave a thumps up after tasting the rice:)
Cooked rice – 11/2 cups
Onion – 1 medium sized
Tomato – 1 medium sized
Capsicum – 1
Oil – 1 tbsp
Ghee – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander ( dhania) powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4th tsp
Cumin ( jeera) powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder- 1/4th tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard – 1 tsp
Split urad dal ( ullundhu) – 1 tsp
Chana dal ( kadala paruppu) – tsp
Hing – a pinch
Garlic – 4 cloves
Green chillies – 1-2
Curry leaves – few
Chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Puffed chana dal ( chutney dal) – 1/2 cup
Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
Peel, wash and chop the onions finely.
Wash and cut capsicum and tomato finely.
Wash and cut green chillies.
Peel, wash, crush and chop the garlic cloves.
Grind puffed chana dal and coconut to a coarse powder.
Sauté for few seconds and then add chopped onions. Sauté till onions turn pale.
Add the chopped capsicum. Sauté for few mins and then add chopped tomato.
Mix well and add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander and cumin powder, garam masala and salt to taste. Mix again. Reduce the flame, cover the pan and cook till the vegetables becomes tender ( just cooked).
Mix well and sauté on high flame for a min.
Take off the gas. Add lemon juice and mix well.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with yogurt/ raita and papad:)