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Beets and Green peas are wonderful combination for making Curries and Rice.  The sweetness in both the veggies gives  wonderful taste for the rice.  This lunchbox menu can be prepared in no time.  If you have not tried yet try this once.  I am sure you will love this in ways of both taste and the beautiful color.

Beets Rice


Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Beets - 1 (Big size) cut to small cubes
Frozen Green peas - 1/4 cup
Onion -1/2 sliced
Tomato - 1 small size
Garlic - 2 pod
Ginger- 1/4 inch
Whole spices - 1 cardamom, 2 clove, cinnamon 1 small
Saunf -1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp (According to your taste)
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Water - 1 1/2 cup (Use water according to the way you cook 
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt as required


1. Heat oil in the pressure pan, add the whole spices.
2. Make paste out of ginger, garlic and saunf.
3. Now add the sliced onion, once it is slightly browned.
4. Add the ground paste. Fry till the raw aroma disappears.
5. Parallely wash the rice with water not more than 2 times, and 
let them get soaked while we are frying the veggies.
6. Now add the Tomatoes, chilli powder and turmeric powder.
7. Sauté them till tomatoes are mushy and starts leaving oil.
8.  Now add the Beets and sauté for few times.
9. Now add the soaked rice, and 1 1/2 cup boiling water.
10.  Check for salt.  Close with the lid.
11. Keep the flame in the medium.
12. When the steam starts coming, reduce the flame to very low.
13. Put the whistle.  And let them be in the low flame for 10 to 12  Minutes.
14. Mean while Microwave or cook the green peas with little salt  separately.
15. After 10 minutes open the lid of the pressure pan, slightly  loosen the rice with fork (Don't over mix it), add the green peas and finely chopped coriander.

Serve the colorful, healthy and tasty rice with Raitha of your  choice. 

Indian Khana  – (September 19, 2011 at 9:07 AM)  

Yummy combo ...I love anything with beets .....nice pics

chef and her kitchen  – (September 19, 2011 at 9:09 AM)  

I make it like variety rice wid grated beets,ur version is different 4m mine..looks yumm n colorful

Tes  – (September 19, 2011 at 9:13 AM)  

Oh wow the color is so gorgeous :) I have never tried beet rice before :)

Finla  – (September 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM)  

I am in love with that color, delicious looking rice.

Rinku Naveen  – (September 19, 2011 at 9:41 AM)  

Lovely colour! Love this kind of variety in rice dishes.Amazing pics Pavi!

My Kitchen Antics  – (September 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM)  

i like these variety rices so much...although beets is not one of my favs i am now drooling at the pics

Raks  – (September 19, 2011 at 10:24 AM)  

Loved it really nice,will try this,have beets in hand :)

Hamaree Rasoi  – (September 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM)  

Very healthy and yummy looking rice. Wonderful preparation.Simply loved the color of the rice.

Hamaree Rasoi

Umm Mymoonah  – (September 19, 2011 at 10:34 AM)  

Healthy and colourfulrice, love the addition of green peas to it.

schmetterlingwords  – (September 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM)  

A healthy and colourful one pot meal. And yummy too :)

KrithisKitchen  – (September 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM)  

I too make this with grated beetroot poriyal mixed with rice... But your version looks like a great one-pot meal... I made this for lunch today right away (with lil tweaks) with some raita and thovaiyal... Yumm!!
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Nitha  – (September 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM)  

Thats indeed a perfect lunch box item..

Unknown  – (September 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM)  

Loved the healthy rice idea..the color looks wonderful..and so the pictures..


Sobha Shyam  – (September 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM)  

colourful and healthy rice, loved it..

soujanya  – (September 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM)  

Healthy n flavourful rice....super colour too..:)

aipi  – (September 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM)  

Such a gorgeous color ~ love love this rice!

Unknown  – (September 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM)  

Yummy looking beets rice, healthy lunch meal too

jeyashrisuresh  – (September 20, 2011 at 1:05 AM)  

healthy and flavourful rice. beautiful clicks

Sushma  – (September 20, 2011 at 1:55 AM)  

thats a very cheerful rice for the lunch box..loved the spices used

Priya Suresh  – (September 20, 2011 at 3:21 AM)  

Wat a flavourful,colourful rice, fabulous one pot meal..

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (September 20, 2011 at 3:29 AM)  

Looks very mouth-watering Pavi :)my kids will definitely like tis idea for their lunch box:)

GEETHA ACHAL  – (September 20, 2011 at 7:35 AM)  

Tempting and yummy rice....Love the colors ...I used to make only with beets...Sure try to mix some peas and other colorful veggies to give it more rich...Thanks...

Smita Srivastava  – (September 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM)  

Love the recipe n the gorgeous pics !!!

San  – (September 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM)  

I used to take this rice for lunch box from my mom. Love it pavi. Bright color of the beets is so appealing. Pics are great.

divya  – (September 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM)  

healthy and flavorful rice. beautiful clicks

Vaidehi  – (September 20, 2011 at 11:34 PM)  

Though I have not had the chance to see all your recipes, I must admit that I have enjoyed reading the few I have already gone through. Keep up the good work.

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Avika J Chawla  – (September 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM)  

Beautiful,Colorful,Flavorful... and looks amazing

Prema  – (September 21, 2011 at 9:20 PM)  

wow awesome recipe,cool idea for lunch box...sure will try...

Nithya  – (September 22, 2011 at 1:24 AM)  

Super healthy, colorful and delicious rice :)

Alpana  – (September 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM)  

Awesome recipes, U really have a beautiful space. Glad to follow you.

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