Mar 29, 2011

Dill Flavored Spinach Rice aka 'Green Rice'

Two years ago, when Abhi was at home day care, for St Patrikc's Day moms  were asked to get something that looks green; vegetable, fruit, rice, sweet etc. Most of the easy ones are picked up by others when my turn came, I have simply signed up for rice, not sure how to make it look green yet tasteful and lovable to kids. After coming home only I have realized that was the challenge, I have singed up for. Then I was just recollecting all the yummy recipes that looks green but yet tasty, first thing comes to my mind is Palak Panner.  The combination of milk and spinach always gives creamy taste.Then I have got an idea, searched the refrigerator quickly, and find all the green vegetables, Green Peas, Spinach, Green Beans, Bell Pepper, then just put together as that was not a challenge anymore, the result is Yummy Yummy Tasty tasty 'Green Rice'. I usually don't cook with Dill, but that day I have bought to give it a try, and that'w how I ended up with this Dill Flavored Green Rice. Are you wondering if the kids liked it?, you bet!! that was such a hit that no leftovers at all. I am glad kiddos are stuffed up with all green vegetables with this recipe.

Dill Flavored Green Rice
Dill Flavored Green Rice
I am surprised at the taste that Dill gave, it simply superb. Since then this 'Green Rice' has became Spring ritual at our home.  Wanna make yours too, check out this recipe, sharing it for you!

Long Grain/ Basmati Rice - 1 cup ( cooked)
Spinach - 1 cup
Green Beans - 1/2 cup
Bell Pepper - 1/4 cup
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Dill - 1 Tbsp
Onion Slices - 1/4 cup
 Milk - 1 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
Garlic - 1 Clove
salt - 1 tsp
black pepper - 1/2 tsp
butter - 1 tbsp
olive oil - 1 tbsp

How to Make It:
1. Take the non stick pan and heat half the olive oil
2. Add the minced garlic to the oil and add spinach, saute the spinach for few min, until the raw smell goes away, and all the leaves wilted. set aside to cool.
3. Add the remaining oil in the pan, add cumin seeds and add the onions followed by thinly sliced green beans and bell pepper .
4. Add green peas, add salt and  Keep it on the low to let all vegetables cook and simmer.
5. Grind the Spinach along with milk in the magic bullet and it becomes like paste.
6. Add the rice to the pan and mix it with all the vegetables.
7. Add black pepper and Chopped Dill Leaves
8.Add the Spinach paste and mix it well, so the rice gets coated with spinach paste.
9. Let all the  flavors sink in and finally top with butter and let it melt until the rice becomes glossy.
10. That is it, Dill Flavored Spinach Rice is ready now.

Serving Tips:
 This can be served hot with raita or sour cream.

As I made this for kids, I did not add any green chilies. Feel free to add green chilies and some spices (cardamom, cinnamon, clove etc one of each as necessary).
As Spinach is salty by nature, I have added very less salt in this recipe to go low on sodium. If that is not enough for you adjust accordingly.

I am sending this to 'It's Spring' event at Zesty Flavors by Vaishali.

I have also send this to Full Plate Thursday @ MizHelen's Country Cottage
Erin's Friday Potluck Events.

Take care until next time


  1. Lovely color.. this looks super delicious and perfect.. thanks for the recipe :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. I just love green! This is awesome!

  3. Wat a flavourful,healthy and yummy rice..

  4. Wow, that sounds delicious! Great flavors n color.. sounds like a perfect dinner in my opinion...

    US Masala

  5. Hi Mythreyi,
    I am just looking at all the wonderful flavor in this dish. Fresh peas and dill with rice, oh that looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!



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