Vegetable Hariyali Rice

Wishing you all a Happy Republic Day!

When we were kids, we knew that just after Republic day, when the Beating Retreat starts, Mom is sure to make Idiyappam and Korma. May be amma just made it for one year and somehow we were hooked on to it that she repeated it for Republic day every year. Though we make kormas all year around, we knew for sure what our retreat-ka-treat would be.

As I was just drafting this post, thinking about the parade in schools and flag hoisting ceremony, I thought of Mile Sur Mera Thumhara. Doordarshan or DD was the only broadcasting channel in India in the 1980’s and every now and then, and often around 6pm the evenings, they would play this Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. As a kid, it was a fascinating to watch all the super stars of India from all areas, singing the “Let us unite and sing the same tune”. Color Television was new in India(Oh well, in my town) and the song captures India and its beauty from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Kamal Hassan looks so young in that song and it has the mesmerizing voices of Balamurali Krishna and others. My favorite part would be to watch the baby elephants happily taking a bath in the rivers of Kerala and at the end all kids joining together to make a tri-color flag of India.

Coincedience is that, as I was looking back at those lovely days in India, I learnt that a new version of Mile Sur is being released today and apparently Big B is the only person to appear on both the old and new versions!! Mastero Illaiyaraja has also composed music for the song.

I did not make idiyappams today but made a veggie-mushroom hariyali pulao to celebrate our Republic Day(white rice, red carrots and green curry paste, there goes my Indian flag)


Cooked Rice- 1.25 cups
Vegetables (Mushrooms, peas, carrots, cauliflower, potato)- all together- 1.5 cups
Finely Chopped red onion- 1/4 cup
Salt- to taste

To grind to a paste:
Coconut- 4 tbsp
Roasted Chana dal- 1 tsp
Poppy seeds- 1 tsp
Green Chilies-4
Coriander seeds- 2 tbsp
Cashewnuts- chopped- 1 tsp
Coriander leaves- atleast half a bunch
Chopped red onion- 2tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste- 1 tsp
Green cardamom- 2 each

For tempering:
Sun flower oil- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Bay Leaf-1


Grind the ingredients given under to grind section to a coarse powder and then to a fine paste adding little amount of water.

Chop vegetables into long thin slices or to any shape of your choice.

Heat oil in kadai and add oil,bay leaf and cumin seeds. When the seeds splutter, add the chopped onions and salt stir fry well. Once onions are transparent, add the chopped veggies and stir fry well.

Add the masala paste to these vegetables and mix well and fry for 2-3 minutes till the raw smell disappears. Add about 2 cups of water and cover and let the vegetables cook in the masala paste (10-15 minutes).

Once the veggies are cooked till tender and the paste has thickened down, add the cooked rice and mix slowly.
Switch off. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot with lemon wedges and raitha.

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13 Comments to “Vegetable Hariyali Rice”

  1. Asha says:

    Green masala looks so yum, good one R. Happy Republic day. Have fun although we can;t enjoy the parade and all. Here in our small town, there are so few Indians,most Pakistanis, so nothing goes on, may be in Raleigh and Charlotte.

    Anyway, just got :Surrogates” and “SAW VI” on DVDs, lemme go and watch them now! 😀

  2. Such a lovely colour and the recipe is very nice and loved the name of the rice as well…very nice way to eat the vegetables,looks delicious and a happy republic day sowjanya…

  3. Rujuta says:

    Happy Independence Day !!!
    Even I miss the old ” Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”
    Loved your tri-colored rice…

  4. The Hariyali Rice is delectable. I haven’t seen the new “mile sur mera tumhara” but I really like the old version, my fav is also the scene where baby elephants are taking a bath:) Happy Republic Day!

  5. Koki says:

    Happy Republic day
    nice recipe and girl you rekindled my fav memories too
    I love Mile sur song sooooooooo much

  6. Namitha says:

    really “hariyali”…beautiful color. Happy Republic day !!!

  7. Jyoti says:

    Interesting name.. Quite unique recipe!

  8. indosungod says:

    Those were the golden days for TV advertisements IMHO. Don’t much care for ads these days back home they are starting to look like the ones here.

    This green curry and the mixed in rice looks delicious. But idiyappam and kurma has no equals really.

  9. Cham says:

    There will be a parade in my town over the weekend, perhaps any Hindi Actress :) Last year they cancelled -Got to check this year!
    I remember going to the beach seeing the parade. Happy Republic day!
    Green masala looks beautiful!

  10. simplyfood says:

    So colourful and eyecatching.Beautifully clicked.

  11. Priya says:

    Hariyali rice looks pleasing…Have u seen the new version of phir mile sur mera tumhara, i just watched out…anyhow i love always the old version..

  12. sunitha says:

    Lovely recipe will try soon

  13. That was a soothing hariyali…. Lovely Green…. would wanna try it anytime…. Would surely be pleasing for an awesome good treat for your loved ones….

    And yes thanks for that remedy…. I had heard about it, but never tried….. I would surely try the next time a monster erupts on my face…. I hate them…. Once, meaning, during my adolescence, I never encountered such hassles… It is only now that I have to go through all these shitty things along with my screwed up health…. Oooph! How tired & frustrated I am…. I sometimes feel, how wrong is my name, in my own case…. There is just no hope for me…. HOPELESS!!!!


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