Spilling The Beans - Healthy , Protein Packed Three Bean Rice Pilaf
Today was the last day of school for the kids I always have mixed feelings about it, glad that its summer break but fear the fact that kids are growing up faster than I would want them too and then one day move out to college, technically that's a long time away but still its a constant reminder to make the best use of time when they are around.
Today's recipe is inspired after my visit to Costco , I rarely buy food from Costco it just seems too much for a family of four. The fact I stumble to temptation and buy food results in throwing out which I am seriously against. Anyways long story short ended up buying the sprouted three beans mix, its a mix of Moong dal,adzuki and lentils, loved the fact that these beans have been sprouted which makes is very easy to use since they get tenderize in less than 15 minutes. I can totally see myself finishing the packet or I hope so ...
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup mixed beans ( soaked for about 15 minutes)
1 cup of mixed vegetables chopped finely ( I used peas& carrot, can add cauliflower florets,potatoes etc..)
1 red onion finely diced
cup of diced almonds ( substitute with cashews or other nuts of your choice)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cinnamon stick
Few bay leaves
Few cardamom pods
½ tsp. fennel seeds
½ tsp. ginger garlic paste (optional)
½ tsp. ghee/ clarified butter ( I know ,I know it’s supposed to be a healthy recipe)
salt according to taste
Beans before and after being soaked in warm water for 15 minutes.
1. Soak bean mix in water for about 15 minutes
2. While bean are being soaked, heat a pan add tbsp of ghee and 1 tbsp of oil and when oil get warm add all the seasoning ingredients and saute for few minutes, you can smell the aroma from the seasoning.
3. Add onions and saute till they turn golden brown.
4. Now add peas and carrot ,soaked beans and rice, mix well till every rice grain is well coated.
5. Add salt and now transfer the mixture into a rice cooker, add one and half cups of water and allow to cook.
Once cooked serve hot with Raita, I really loved the texture and flavor it was just plain delicious.