I love making this colourful rice dish, its so versatile, it goes with any curry, and I also often make it and eat it on its own. You can use any chopped vegetables, I mainly use frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots and sweetcorn) and then slice up a couple of potatoes. Or you can use, green beans, cauliflower and broccoli as well if you wish.
2 Cups of basmati rice, washed well
2 Tbls oil
2Tbls butter or ghee
1tsp Cumin seeds
1tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Coriander
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Corainder & chilli paste ( you can make this yourself by taking a bunch of fresh coriander and 4-6 green chillis and whizz it all up - it stores well in the freezer)
6-8 cm cinnamon stick
1 onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup of frozen or fresh chopped vegetables
2 medium sized potatoes peeled and cut into thin 'chips'
Heat the butter and oil in a lidded saucepan and add the onions, fry until pale and then add all the spices and the chilli and coriander paste, cook for 2-3 min on a medium heat, until aromatic, add the vegetables, including the potatoes and cook for 2-3 min, add the washed rice and cook for a further couple of minutes.
Then add 4 cups of boiling water and 2 tsp of salt (or less if you wish), bring it all to a bubbling boil, making sure that you have stirred the rice /vegetable mixture.
Once it starts boiling, put the lid on and turn the heat to the lowest setting, for 12-14 min, until the rice is fluffy and cooked.
Serves 4, serve with a curry or on its own with a dollop of Greek yoghurt.
Some other dishes I serve this yummy rice with, a lovely fried paneer curry and a really easy egg curry.