Veggie Medley Mélange – Absolutely delicious Basmati rice dish !!!

It’s 9 AM and the third day of the summer break. I am absolutely impressed with all three of my kids ability to hibernate , yes hibernate in summer. To give them credit, its only the third official day of summer break and I wait for them to get super bored. Bored to the point that cataloguing the library books in the attic ( yes, I have a secret compulsion to catalog the huge collection we seem to be growing in the bookshelf) would actually seem fun ( at this point you can of course picture me rubbing my hands in glee – much like the super villain in disney movies). This of course is apart from the near daily dips in the pool and xbox and pursuing their artistic ability ( read violin, piano) and productive use of their time ( read cycling, FLL leagues, engineering buildups and simple joy of reading a book ). Whew ! Summer time was so much simpler when I was growing up, you actually got to do nothing so many times. And then of course, we could play kho-kho outside and indulge in nimbu -paani and spiced buttermilk and of course all those yummy fruits which were summer seasonal. Add to this, I could manage to scrape my foot, knee and a lot more in the evening games. Climbing trees never looked more fun. I can only reminisce about those days again. Wish my mind and body exuded that flexibility again. Imaginations.. Ah, you weren’t taught to imagine, you just did. I know simple as it was, I just remember going on , on my world tours through the wonderful world of reading. And then of course I grew up !!!!

Life’s experiences aside, I suppose making silk out of sow’s ears was something I admired my maternal grandmother for. Oh , here was this lady phenomenal in just about everything, she could sew,cook and I mean by cooking create wonderful things from stuff in her pantry. Oh and painting, she was absolutely wonderful. Always had a smile and a story and more importantly could make do with what was readily available. A very well learned person, erudite and very inspiring.  This creation is greatly inspired by her versatility and cooking prowess.

Rummaging the fridge  and pantry for the ingredients  yielded:

  • Ivy Gourd – About 2 handfuls
  • Long purple Brinjal – 2
  • Green Moong dal sprouts – one small cup
  • red potato – medium sized – 1
  • red onion – 1 – large
  • Curry leaves – a bunch
  • Fresh green coriander – a handful

Dry Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice – 1.25 cups
  • Split Urad dal – 2 tsp for seasoning
  • Black mustard seeds – 1 tsp for seasoning
  • Asafoetida – A pinch
  • curry powder – 1 tsp
  • Sambar powder 2 tsp

Necessary ( evil) Lubricants :

  • 4 tsp of fat of your choice- oil or butter or clarified butter if you have a devil may care attitude

Prep Work: (Btw this is a parallel process operation)

  1. Wash and cook the basmati rice in the required quantity of water. The grains need be cooked as in tender and separate.
  2. Chop all the veggies – Now you can choose any shape you like, I simply diced them all.( onion chopper to the rescue)
  3. I also nuked the ivy gourd , chopped potatoes and sprouts for about a couple of min in the microwave to facilitate the cooking process.

Wok magic:

  1. Heat the oil in the wok and in the seasonings – Asafoetida,Mustard seeds,Urad dal and curry leaves. Add a pinch of mustard powder of desired.
  2. Add the cut onions and saute till tender, and then add in the cut eggplant . Add in the nuked veggies then.Once tender add in the salt and curry powder and sambar powder
  3. In a couple of minutes you will have a wonderful aroma wafting from the wok.
  4. Plate out the rice and use a fork to spread it out.Let it cool for about 5 -7 min.
  5. Then gently toss it in with curried vegetables in the wok. ( the idea is to gently fold it in, other wise you can get  huge gooey ball of masala rice 🙂 )..
  6. Garnish with the cut coriander leaves.

Oh yeah ! Lunch is served !!!

End result : Delectable !!!!Just lip smacking . Serve it up with a bowl of plain yogurt, and a slices of cucumber to round off the balance.


  • You can definitely add in any mixture of vegetables.Do balance it out with the spices though.
  • Want to try this version mimicking the north side of the Vindhyas – Use Pulav masala and cinnamon and cloves for seasoning and your palate will be surprised at the new flavors.
  • Want to add in more protein – try adding in a mixed bunch of sprouts – truly yummy combination along with roasted peanuts or cashwenuts.
  • Want to have real low spice levels, just use salt and pepper and green chillies for seasoning.

Cleaning out the fridge was never more satisfying ….

Signing off !!


  1. Nice cleaning technique you got there 🙂 will make this , & one to keep!

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