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Beet Root Rice

Beet Root RiceYou would wonder if kids will ever love eating beet root, right? Well you will be surprised that they do & infact love it if you try my recipe  :)

Ingredients:
1) 2 1/2 cups Rice
2) 3-4 tbsp Biryani masala (I used Badshah, you can use any of your choice, quantity can be adjusted as per your taste)
3) Beet root 1, cut into small pieces so that they cook faster
4) 1 Carrot grated (this is optional but makes it healthier)
5) 1 cup Peas ( I used frozen)
6) Garlic finely chopped 1 tsp
7) Half Onion cut lengthwise
8) Salt to taste
9) Fresh Coriander for garnishing

For the Seasoning (Tempering):
Oil – 1/2 tsp
Butter (ghee) - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida (Hing) – 1/8 tsp
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig (optional)
Tej patta (optional)
1 Green chilli

Method
1) Wash the rice, drain it & keep it aside to use later.
2) Heat oil & add all the ingredients listed above under tempering.
3) Add the Onion & saute for few minutes. Add chopped garlic. After 3-4 minutes add biryani masala. Saute for another minute or two.
4) Add beat root & saute for 2-3 minutes. Cover & cook for few minutes. I usually do not skip this step as the beet root cooks with all the masala (& tastes better).
5) Add rice & peas & saute for few more minutes. Add hot water & salt. Cover & cook.
6) It's good to add the grated carrots when its half way done. That way they don't get over cooked. You can also add it when you add hot water but they might get too mushy. Cover & continue cooking until rice is fully cooked.
7) Garnish with fresh coriander & serve with yogurt raita