One more day of school for the boys before their pooja holidays begin. Konda will be feeling sad that she is not going to have her share of holidays as her exams will begin this week. While the boys have been looking forward for this period, I am sure I can’t say the same for others at home. Just yesterday they got their birthday dresses and have been asking me when it’s going to be. It’s another 15 days to go but I am sure they will be asking me everyday.
It’s interesting to see how they design their games, they have company for each other and can play the whole day long. Konda joins them when she can, else she keeps herself busy with something. But when they get into that mood together, it’s tough task to get them settle down. It was the same story this morning too, when I tried to wake them up for school. Bribing with chocolates or the fact that their holiday starts very soon. Chinnu got up saying he wants noodles for breakfast at school. I never send it for them but they get that idea from other kids who bring it along. I wonder how kids can carry Maggi for school. It gets so dry and not that tasty, yet kids love it so much.
After much persuasion he agreed to postpone the request to another day. I had to think about our lunch preparation only after the kids left and I was really in a fix not knowing what to make. I decided yesterday that it was going to be a pulao today but what it was, was the problem. I saw that I had beets on hand and realised that I had always wanted to make Beets pulao but never attempted. Hubby dear came on to look couple of times and even wondered at the way the beets looked if the rice was going to end up being sweet. He was pleasantly surprised that the Beets Pulao was perfect and very nice too.
I even called up home earlier to get the kids’ reaction and Athamma said Peddu liked it and ate. It works like this, even if one likes it, I believe we can persuade the other kids to eat it..:)
Step by Step Picture Recipe
Rice, – 2 cups
Beetroot – 1 big
Onion – 1 medium
Tomato – 2 small (1/2 cup or little more)
Green Chilies – 2 medium
Mint Leaves – handful
Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter – 2 tsp
Garam Masala – 2 pinches
Cashew nuts – few
Bay Leaf – 2 small
Cloves – 3
Cinnamon – 2″
Cardamon – 2
How to make Beetroot rice
Wash and soak rice for 15 – 20 mins. Pressure cook with 4 cups or less water (Water depends on your rice ). Once the pressure falls, remove and add 1 tsp of butter and cover it again and keep aside.
To make the Beetroot Masala.
Wash and peel the beetroot outer skin. Chop into small slices, microwave for 10 mins or till done. Grate or pulse it couple of times. Keep it aside.
Heat a non stick pan with butter, add all the wholes spices, saute, then add onion juliennes, chopped green chilies, simmer or cook on high for couple mins, till the onions starts turning colour. Add the cashew nuts.
Then add chopped tomatoes, mint leaves, add salt, red chili powder and simmer till tomatoes turn soft. Once the tomatoes turn to paste, add the grated beetroot. Mix well.
Cover with lid and simmer for 2 mins.
Now add the cooked rice and mix everything well. Simmer for couple minutes and serve with Onion Raitha.