Zucchini Rice, Indian Style

Anyone who has ever grown zucchini will know that you can get a glut of zucchini very quickly. I planted 4 plants this year, forgetting how large the plants get, and they seem to be taking over the veggie garden. They have already swallowed 2 chilli bushes and a whole lot of radishes!

So I have the opportunity to explore zucchini recipes at this time of year, trying to keep that glut under control. This is an Indian mixed rice – cooked rice is mixed with spices and perhaps a vegetable or other ingredient. Indian mixed rice dishes are flavoursome and healthy!

Would you like to try other Mixed Rice dishes? Try Pepper Cumin Rice, Masala Lemon Rice, or Golden Rice.

Try these zucchini dishes: Zucchini Fry, Zucchini Thoran, and Marinated Zucchini.

You can browse all of our Mixed Rice dishes, all of our Rice dishes, our Zucchini dishes, or our Indian Recipes. Or simply explore our Late Summer dishes.

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Spicy Eggplant Rice | Baigan Pulau

Rice with buttery soft eggplant

Is it the golden brown cashews or the butter soft spears of eggplant that make this a succulent rice dish? The eggplants are first marinated in turmeric and salt to maximise the flavours, before being sauteed with spices and then cooked with the rice. The sesame-heavy spice mix is freshly made – dry roasted and then ground – and adds a nuttiness to the basmati rice.

This is a great main dish rice for lunch or dinner. It is a fiddly dish, with more work than we normally include in recipes. But the result is worth the extra effort. Serve with yoghurt or raita/pachadi, a simple spiced vegetable, a simple broth and perhaps some roti.

Browse all of our Rice Recipes here and here. Our Yamuna Devi recipes are here. Explore all of the Indian recipes here and here. Or be inspired by our Autumn dishes here and here.

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Cumquats Rice

A delicious variation on Indian style flavoured rice.

To everyone alone today, I say hello! Enjoy your time of luxury, either at the beach if you are in this part of the world or snuggled up with books and movies if you are not.

Needing a quick bite yesterday, I turned to my fav style of one pot rice. One Pot dishes are wonderful for suppers, a quick meal, or those evenings alone with a good book, some good music and maybe a movie on TV. Not a lot of preparation and best of all, not a lot of washing up.

Feel free to browse our rice recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Spring recipes here and here. And our Cumquat Recipes are here and here.

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Pepper Cumin Rice | Milagu Jeeraga Saadham

A warming rice combining the dark flavours of pepper and cumin

Pepper-Cumin rice is another great favourite of South India. Rice is flavoured with the warmth of black pepper and the earthiness of cumin. You can adjust the pepper levels to your individual taste preferences.

You might like to have a look at Pepper Rice, and to browse our rice dishes here and here. Our Indian dishes are all here, or have a look at our Winter recipes here and here.

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Lemon Rice | Yelumiccha Pazha Saadham

A tangy and aromatic rice

Lemon Rice is one of the staples of South Indian homes and of Temples for their Prasadam. It is a special rice indeed, with the tang of lemon/lime juice and the crunch of peanuts and lentils fried off in the tadka. You can make lemon rice with freshly cooked rice or with left over rice.

Are you looking for rice dishes? Feel free to browse them here and here. Our Indian recipes are here. You might like to look for Prasadam recipes here.

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Mango Rice

A quick rice dish for mango season – it’s a drop dead gorgeous rice

In Spring and early Summer, it is hard not to love summer fruits – apricots, nectarines, peaches, oh my goodness. So far untouched by the relentless sun of summer, they are sweet, juicy and divine. So too the mangoes. So many at this time, and so cheap. Mango rice is perfect for this time of the year.

We have a recipe for Lemon Rice with Mango Seed. Please also try our other Mango recipes here and here too. Or you might like to browse our rice recipes here and here. And our Spring recipes are here and here.

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Golden Rice | Simple Yellow Rice | Simple Turmeric Rice

A simple yet flavoursome, healthy rice dish from North India.

Turmeric lends a sense of glamour to a rice dish, tinting it deliciously yellow. In this dish, the herbs and spices are subtle and compliment basmati rice’s lovely nutty flavour. It can be eaten with a soup or salad style dish and also goes well with a simple dal and some chutney and pickle.

You can read more about Turmeric here. It really is a wonder spice. If you would like to see some other rice dishes, we have Pepper Cumin RiceLemon Rice, and Mango Rice. For all of our Rice dishes click here.

Browse our different methods for cooking rice. Our especial favourite is Buttery Steamed Rice.

You might also like to try Savoury Rice and Green Pea Pilaf, Potato Subzi and Urad Dal with Tomatoes. More of Yamuna Devi’s recipes can be found here.

Or simply browse all of our easy Mid Autumn dishes.

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Thengai Saadham | South Indian Coconut Rice

Try this coconut rice from Sth India with your next curry.

In Australia, rice as a savoury dish was rare until perhaps the 1990’s. We grew up rarely eating rice – in fact I can’t really remember my mother cooking it other than as a sweet dish. And as Australia adopted rice as an accompaniment to savoury dishes, it was always plain boiled rice to soak up sauces – the occasional curry, English stews, vegetable braises etc. Times have changed and we have been influenced by our Asian and Indian migrant populations, and many families would now own a rice cooker.

This is a South Indian Coconut rice dish from Tamil Nadu. There is a Balinese Coconut Rice also, Nasi Lemak, you can see it here. The Balinese one is made with coconut cream, while this recipe is made with fresh/frozen coconut.

Check our different Coconut Rice Recipes. You might also like to try Urad Dal Garlic Rice, Peppered Rice, Tamarind Rice or Mango Rice. Or simply browse all of the rice dishes.

There are several ways to cook rice – Absorption method, Steaming or Oven Finished Rice.

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Mango and Lemon Rice with Mango Seeds

Mango seeds can be used to add flavour to dishes like rice and rasam – a method used in India, parts of SE Asia and in some parts of Hawaii too.

Truly I don’t like to waste anything, so when I realised that Mango seeds can be used to add flavour to dishes like rice and rasam, I was there. This method of flavouring dishes is used in India, parts of SE Asia and in some parts of Hawaii too.

You might also like to try Urad Dal Garlic Rice, Tamarind Rice (Puliyodharai Saadham), or Kampung Ghee Rice. We have a number of rice dishes and you can browse them all here and also here. Explore our Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Masala Lemon or Lime Rice | Masala Elumichai Sadham | A South Indian Tamil Recipe

A tangy kuzhambu with lime or lemon

Masala Lemon Rice is perfect when your body feels under the weather on a wet and cold day – it will spark up your energy levels. Another Meenakshi Ammal recipe, it is a bit of a maze to work out instructions. But this is what I love about Amma’s books. You do need to be a bit of a detective to make sense of them.

In Indian recipes  lemon often refers to our lime. However, I have found that they are reasonably interchangeable: although the tastes will be different depending on whether you use a lemon or lime, the recipes will work with either one.

You might also like to try Urad Dal Garlic Rice, Peppered Rice, or Mango Rice. All our rice recipes are here and here. There are several ways to cook rice – Absorption method, Steaming or Oven Finished Rice. You can see them all here. Or explore our Indian dishes here and here. Other Winter recipes can be found here and here.

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Tamarind Rice | Puliyodharai Saadham

A popular Indian rice dish

Never have there been cuisines that do such a variety of special and wonderful things with rice as many of the Indian Cuisines. The variety is endless. This recipe is for Tamarind Rice. The Iyengar community in Tamil Nadu specialises in this rice and the dish is famous among South Indians. There must be many thousands of variations of this recipe.

You might also like to try Urad Dal Garlic Rice, Peppered Rice, or Mango Rice. All our rice recipes are here and here. There are several ways to cook rice – Absorption method, Steaming or Oven Finished Rice. You can see them all here. Or explore our Indian dishes here and here. Other Winter recipes can be found here and here.
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Urad Dal Garlic Rice

Urad dal gives a wonderful crunch to this rice.

How many ways do you know how to cook rice? In my part of the world people would probably respond 1, or 2 at the most. But if you asked in India, the answer would perhaps be in the 100’s. From Spinach Rice, to this beautiful Urad Dal Rice, to plain rice served with a myriad of spicy condiments mixed with the rice or sprinkled over the top. In Indian cuisines there is an endless variety.

The Urad Dal gives the rice texture, crunchiness and taste. The garlic is strong but not overwhelming. The coconut provides a taste of the tropics.

You can adjust the recipe and cook in a rice cooker if you prefer.

You might like to try any of our rice dishes, and more here. Especially try our South Indian Coconut Rice, Malaysian Kampung Rice, and Balinese Coconut Rice. Or explore our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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Pepper Rice | South India

An exquisite dish, flavoured beautifully with the pepper, balanced with curry leaves and sesame seeds

There are so many recipes for rice, especially rice flavoured with other ingredients. Carrot Rice. Lemon Rice. Curd Rice. Tamarind Rice. Sesame Rice. Coconut Rice. Green Mango Rice.

Pepper rice is easy to make and the aroma! It is an exquisite dish, flavoured beautifully with the pepper – the flavour is so well balanced, not too hot but hot enough (it is pepper after all). Pepper here is the main ingredient, and the rice is the carrier.

This recipe has pepper as the main ingredient, with curry leaves and sesame seeds to offset the heat of pepper. The aromatic flavor of curry leaves, the mild nutty taste of sesame seeds and the sharp flavor of pepper blend into the rice giving it an irresistible authentic flavor.

You might like to browse our other Rice recipes here and here, and perhaps the Indian collection of recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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