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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vegetable Rice-How to make Vegetable Rice-Easy Mixed Vegetable Rice Recipe

This is not vegetable pulao or vegetable biryani but just plain mixed vegetable rice.This recipe comes handy when you come home tired after a hectic day in the office or college or do not have time to cook or feeling too lazy to cook, yet long for a comforting and simple meal. It is a boon for bachelors as this recipe does not require ginger garlic paste or any elaborate procedures. It is great for lunch, dinner and small get-togethers. Though I have posted this recipe long time back here, I wanted to do a stepwise tutorial for beginners. I honestly and sincerely want people to know that cooking is not tough and one can make healthy and simple dishes within a few minutes time.

Vegetable Rice
Easy vegetable rice with mattar paneer 

Vegetable Rice-How to prepare Mixed Vegetable Rice

Vegetable Rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRice Recipes-Lunch Recipes
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati rice - 1 cup
   Onion - 2 medium size (cut lengthwise)
   Ginger finely chopped - 1 tsp
   Green chilli - 2 slit or chilli powder -1 tsp flat
   Mixed vegetables - 1 cup ( you can use a mix of beans, carrot, peas and potato)
   Mint leaves - fistful
   Coriander leaves - few
   Fresh lemon juice -1 tbsp
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Cinnamon -1 inch piece
   Cloves - 2
   Cardamom -1 (optional)


Soak basmati rice for 15 minutes. Drain the water completely and keep it aside.

Chop all the vegetables lengthwise. I used 4-5 beans, 1 small potato, 1 medium sized carrot, 1/4 cup peas and 3-4 cauliflower florets- together it was a little more than 1 cup.

Wash and chop mint and coriander leaves.


Heat oil in a pan, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning. Saute for a few seconds and then add onion, green chilli and ginger.

Saute until onions turn pink, then add all the vegetables. (I will make one thing clear here - in case if you going to prepare this in a pressure cooker, you can add the vegetables raw. If you are going to cook in a pan with lid as I have done below, par boil the vegetables slightly and then add)

mixed vegetable rice recipe

Saute the vegetables for 2-3 seconds. Then add chopped mint and coriander leaves. Mix well.

vegetable rice recipe

Add drained rice, 2 cups of hot water, lemon juice, salt needed (approximately 2 tsp flat) and bring it to boil.

how to prepare vegetable rice

Once it starts boiling, reduce the flame, cover it with a lid and cook until the rice is done. Fluff it with a fork and serve hot.

how to make Vegetable rice

You can have any raita / pachadi or chips or salad or any tomato based gravy like matar paneer, aloo gobhi, paneer butter masala or instant potato gravy or paneer capsicum gravy as a side dish. 

How to cook this vegetable rice in pressure cooker - After you add water to the rice, transfer the contents to  a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open and serve hot.

How to cook directly in pressure cooker or pressure pan -You can prepare this directly in the pressure pan also. In that case, after adding water to the rice, close the cooker without weight. Once rice is half cooked, stir the contents and close it with weight. Keep on low flame for 4-5 minutes and switch it off.  Open after the pressure subsides.

Note - You do not have to par boil the vegetables in the above pressure cooker methods.

If you have doubts in cooking rice refer how to cook basmati rice

You might also be interested in how to cook rice in pressure cooker

Do not forget to check the recipes below as I am sure you will all love it very much.

Vegetable Pulao Recipe 

Vegetable Biryani Recipe (this is a very easy and delicious biryani recipe prepared in rice cooker)

Vegetable Fried Rice 

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  1. lovely dear...Padhu i have this in my drafts too :)

  2. Awesome & attractive veggie rice. I can feel the aroma wafting down to here where I am sitting !

  3. Easy and tasty one :) I love this rice !!

  4. That's quick and colorful looking rice in no time

  5. wow...easy & delicious veg fried rice....

  6. Such recipes are needed when u r cooking for 1 person..

  7. Looks very inviting :) Nice clicks and a great recipe :)

  8. I am going to try this today!! superbb

  9. Simple and delicious food.as u said this recipe helps those who r in a hurry..lovely step by.step pics..i really love ur recipes n presentations...

  10. looks colourful and healthy...Perfect for lunch box...

  11. Your recipe is looks awsme, you give the easiest way to prepare this recipe, from your recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards,
    Vegetable Rice

  12. Have jus tried it.... N made dinner for my pepe... Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe...

  13. Thanks a lot girl!! U r doing a great job!! I made this today n also sometime last week.... FIRST time and it came out so well..... Keep coming with more recipes :) thanks once again...

  14. Super Rice, Just now tried and ate fully :)

  15. Thanks Padhu for this wonderful recipe! It is so simple and easy to make, just like your site's motto. Appreciate you for not only conceiving these recipes but also sharing it with us. God Bless!

  16. I like it :)
    I'llask my mum to make it for me....
    Its amazing though :)

  17. Tried your recipe. . Was mouth watering. . Very good. . Thank you. . Tc..

  18. Very nice. Helps me to make a quick South Indian type rice in few minutes. I tried with normal Ponni rice and not basmati which also tastes great.

  19. lovely i enjoyed it so much ,just help me to cook a quick lunch

  20. Thanks for the recipe. Tried it with panneer butter masala. Awesome...

  21. How does it taste without the mint leaves and coriander leaves. I don't like coriander. That's why I am asking. Will it still give the same taste?

    1. You can omit coriander but do add mint leaves (just a fistful) as it gives a nice flavor to the rice.

    2. Ok..Thank you for your prompt response. Also i am a big fan of your recipes. When i am looking for recipes menu following yours gives a very homely touch and cooking is a lot easier.

      Continue the good work..

  22. Have just tried.. Very Tasty it was.. Thanks

  23. Tried tasty; never thought its so easy ....Thanks.

  24. Easy to cook... and looks rich as well.. Tasty.. Thank you..

  25. It came out very yummy. Your recipes are delicious and instructions r perfect dear


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