Green rice cake

ETA: This is my 444th post. 4 is a special number to me as LHB and I choose this date to see this world  and Adi’s birth date adds up to 4.

Yet another food post. Looks like I am making more food posts this year!!

Is your kid fussing about eating greens? Here is an idea that works for me. Make moong dal greens kootu as usual, grind a small portion of it into smooth paste and mix with rice. Take a small bowl, grease it with gingly oil, fill it with mixed green rice and then place the bowl upside down in the serving plate. Green rice cake is ready!!!

I use pre washed baby spinach pack and appalam or vathal will be a very good side. Appalam can be used to scoop the ricetoo. Also, you may try both grind and non-grind version. I don’t grind anymore and I can proudly say that this is one of my preparation that LHB eats properly. Hope I am not jinxing it. I have made it for dinner tonight!

I made this for lunch during a play date and all the kids polished their plate off including LHB 🙂

For adults, try this with plain rice and andhra lemon pickle as side. Slurppppp.
This is my comfort and healthy choice any given day.

Sorry for the blured picture..

green-rice

For the benefit of readers who don’t know the recipe for moong dal spinach kootu:

Ingredients:
Spinach – 1 pack
Moong dal – 3/4 cup
Onion – 1 medium size chopped
Ginger – 1 small piece chopped
Garlic – 2 pods chopped
Red chillies – 3 to 4 nos (I also use red chilli flakes)
Turmeric powder
Asafoetida
Salt

For tadka/thalippu:
mustard, split urad dal, jira, channa dal (optional)
I personally like to add channa dal as it gives that crunchiness with every other bite.

Method:
1. Pressure cook/boil moong dal (I usually just boil it in stove top with a pinch of turmeric powder and a drop of oil). The dal will be boiled by the time spinach wilts. Otherwise if you are going to cook rice then its better to pressure cook it along with rice.
2. Saute tadka/thalippu items, add ginger,garlic, red chillies and wait till you the aroma comes out.
3. Add onion, salt, turmeric powder and fry till it turns translucent.
3. Add spinach and cook until the spinach wilts.
4. Add cooked moong dal,stir well and allow it to cook for few minutes.
5. Add asafoetida, give it a nice stir and turn off the stove after few minutes. Ready to serve now!

P.S: We had friends over for the long weekend and it was unlimited fun sleeping past 12 and waking up before the dawn (being host). They have left few hours ago and now I realize what dog tired means. My eyes are burning and body is begging for some rest. Yesterday I survived with a picture post and this post is from drafts. I haven’t logged in to my reader for past three days :(. Hopefully tomorrow..

 

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