The kitchen is an excellent platform to unleash our creativity. Adding a whiff of creativity to cultural cuisine can help create magic that melts in the mouth. I have a passion for food from different countries and cultures, though my recipes have a strong Indian flavor. This blog is to share the successful results of my constant endevor to make my recipes more healthy, easy, quick and tasty.
The foodzie tasting box was an exciting entity I won in the Thanksgiving contest on Julia's blog. Thank you Foodzie and Julia! It contained two delectable, multi-layered Alfajores chocolate cookies, crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth caramel popcorns, parmesan flatbread crackers, colorful cranberry beans (with which I made this one-pot meal) and bacon peanut brittles, which I gave a friend, as I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat bacon.
Ingredients: (serves 2)
cranberry beans - 1/2 cup
basmati rice - 1/2 cup
cabbage - 1/3 cup (grated)
carrot - 1/4 cup (grated)
mint leaves - 25 (fresh)
milk - 1 cup (fat free)
cashewnuts - 1 tbsp (broken)
bay leaf - 1
fennel seeds - 1 tsp
pulao masala - 1/2 tsp
oil - 1 tbsp
green chillies - 3 to 4 chopped fine (adjust according to taste)
salt - 3/4 tsp (adjust according to taste)
Soak cranberry beans overnight and boil/pressure cook until almost cooked, but not completely cooked. Drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a saucepan. Add cashewnuts, bay leaf and fennel seeds. When it turns golden brown, add washed basmati rice and fry for a minute. Mix in carrot, cabbage and mint leaves. Fry for another minute and then add milk, pulao masala and salt. Allow to boil for a couple of minutes. Add prepared cranberry beans and microwave with a cup of warm water for 10 minutes.