INGREDIENTS (240 ml cup used)
- Rice (white, long or short grain) – 2 cups
- Water – 3 ½ cups
- Cooking oil – 1 ½ tablespoon or as needed
- Mace (javitri) – 1 strand
- Cloves – 6
- Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
- Star anise (chakri phool) – 1 small (optional)
- Cumin (shahi jeera or jeera) – ½ to ¾ teaspoon
- Bay leaf – 1 small
- Green chilies – 2, de-seeded and slit (optional)
- Ginger garlic paste – 1 ½ teaspoon
- Turmeric powder – ⅛ teaspoon
- Green peas – ½ cup
- Beetroot – 1 ½ medium sized, grated to yield 1 cup
- Potato – 1 medium, chopped to yield ½ to ¾ cup (optional)
- Coriander and mint springs – 5 to 6
- Salt – to taste
- Egg – 1
- Wash and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes.
- Take a pressure cooker and heat some oil. Sauté the spices in hot oil and then fry the onions till they are soft and golden.
- Add the ginger – garlic paste and keep stirring till you get the aroma of the spices. The amount of spices is up to you. As you are preparing this for your toddler you can adjust the spices according to your child’s preference.
- Now, add the chopped vegetables and fry for 2 minutes. Then add some water (about 3 cups) and enough salt.
- When the water begins to boil, add drained rice and cook until done. Towards the end when the water has been almost completely absorbed by the rice, cover and cook until done.
- If cooking in a pressure cooker, when the water has been almost completely absorbed, cover with the lid and simmer on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Switch off before the cooker whistles.
- In a frying fan scramble the egg and garnish on top of the rice before serving.
- Fluff up the rice gently, garnish with chopped coriander and mint leaves, and serve with plain curd or raita.
Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two betalains found in beets, and these phytonutrients provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. The concentration of betalains in the peel and flesh of beets make them nutritious and healthy. Beets also contain calcium, folate, manganese, potassium, copper, fiber, magnesium, vitamin C and iron.
Eggs provide many important nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, iron, zinc and high quality protein.