SPINACH CAPSICUM FRIED RICE

A warm welcome to all my readers. I hope you are staying warm and taking care while you brace harsh winters and wet weather in different parts of the world.In this part of the world we have downpours on most of the days and there is a cold nip in the air. It is high time to pamper yourselves with warm and wholesome soups. If you have observed i am sharing different soup recipes . I love winters as we get lot of fresh greens. Today I am sharing a simple and incredibly delicious Spinach Capsicum Fried Rice.

Winter Vegetables:

In winter you get varieties of Cabbage , Brussels sprouts ,Winter squash, Potatoes , Onions , Beets, Spinach , Carrots ,Cauliflower , Pumpkins , Green Peas ,Kale to name a few. There are many types of leafy green vegetables too. Markets are flooded with so many varieties of fresh vegetables and fruits. We can balance our nutrition from all these fresh vegetables.Seasonal vegetables not only tastes very fresh and tasty. It also consists of essential elements to suit our body’s requirements during this time of the year. In cold weather, our immune system needs more support to fight against any germs. Hence Nutrition from winter vegetables is absolutely helpful.

What is the 274th Theme for Foodie Monday Bloghop?

This week the theme is #WinterVeggies and the hostess for this theme is Sasmita who blogs at firsttimercook.com. She is a versatile bloggers who has some simple and delicious recipes from Odiya Cuisine as well as international recipes. I love her traditional recipes that are simple yet wholesome and flavorful. Do check her space. I like her Kaitha Chutney and Bhendi Besara to name a few.

Ingredients for Spinach Capsicum Fried Rice:

  • Baby Spinach: Fresh Baby Spinach is rich in nutrients like Iron and is considered the best source for potassium and magnesium. We must include Spinach regularly in our diet as it is a powerhouse of nutrition.
  • Capsicum: I have used green capsicum here. Feel free to use red or yellow too.An excellent source of Vitamin A & C. My boys love capsicum.
  • Split Moong Dal: Packed with nutrients and rich in Antioxidants. Adds nice taste to the fries rice. I have not cooked the dal. It is just Soaked and used.
  • Fresh Red Chilli: I love to add fresh chillies to the fried rice as thet add nice punch and heat to the dish. Fresh Red chilli is rich in Vitamin C.There are very powerful antioxidants in fresh red chillies.
  • Onions: I love onions in my fries rice. They are low in calories and high in vitamins ,minerals and is a powerful antioxidant.
  • Garlic: Garlic is loaded with with significant amounts of vitamin C, selenium, manganese, and iron.
  • Garam Masala: Imparts nice flavor and taste to the dish.
  • Aachari Masala: Pickle spice blends so well with the veggies and adds a nice aroma to the dish.
  • Urad Dal: I have used a small quantity for the tadka or tempering.
  • Cumin /Jeera: I love to use this whole spice in most of my dishes.
  • Mustard: Another main ingredient for tempering
  • Asafoetida: Aids digestion and imparts nice flavor to the dish
  • Salt :Main ingredient for the dish
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Recipe for Spinach Capsicum Fried Rice:

  • Author: Preethi Prasad
  • Prep Time : 20 Mins
  • Cook Time : 25 Mins
  • Total Time : 45 mins
  • Course : Main Course
  • Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients:

  • 300 Gms Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 3 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 Green Capsicum
  • 1/2 Cup Soaked Split Moong Dal
  • 3 Fresh Green Chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tsp Aachari Masala
  • 1.5 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 Big Red Onions chopped
  • 3 Garlic Pods finely chopped
  • Hot water to soak moong dal
  • 3 Tsp Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric

Method:

  • Cook Rice in a rice cooker and allow it to Cool Completely.
  • Soak split moong dal for about 15 mins in hot water.
  • Wash baby spinach thoroughly after you remove the roots and chop it.
  • Chop Capsicum in small chunks.
  • Roughly chop fresh red chillies
  • Heat a wide bottom pan with oil. Add urad dal , jeera and mustard. Once it splutters add asafoetida and turmeric.
  • Now add chopped garlic ,red chilli and onions.
  • Once the Onions turn slightly brown add soaked split moong dal (it would have nicely swelled by now) and chopped spinach.
  • Mix well and add salt , aachari masala and garam masala.
  • Cover and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and mix well and allow it to cook untill all the water from the spinach evaporates.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add cooked rice and mix well. Rice should be nicely coated with the spinach masala. Add salt if needed.
  • Serve with Raita , papad or mixture as per your choice.
  • Enjoy this lip smacking Spinach capsicum fried rice…..
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9 thoughts on “SPINACH CAPSICUM FRIED RICE”

  1. Love both capsicum and spinach and this rice with lentils along with these favourite veggies and achari masala sounds like a flavorful and nutritious treat ! Love how you have served the fried rice with savory trail mix.

  2. A healthy and hearty rice dish with all the flavors and nutrients. I’d love to add capsicum to it but hubby doesn’t like. Often make moong dal khichdi with loads of spinach added to it.

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