Introduction: Simple Microwave Vegetable Rice
Here is an easy to make recipe for a mixed vegetable rice.
Ingredients: for 1
1. Half cup rice
2. Handful of vegetables - to make 1 cup when cut. (I used carrots, string beans, tomatoes, capsicum and onions. You can use any you like).
3. 1 tsp vegetable oil
4. 1 cup water
5. Ginger-garlic paste - about a quarter tsp
6. 1 green chilli (You can also add any other spices you want like
cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, nutmeg, etc)
Step 1: Soak Rice
Wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes
Step 2: Cut Vegetables
Cut the vegetables to a decent size. They need not be small but should not be too big. About 2 cm should be fine.
Step 3: Start With the Spices
Take a microwave safe dish (preferably glass) with a lid. If you don't have a lid, you can use cling wrap. DO NOT USE FOIL.
Put 1 tsp vegetable oil in the dish. Add the ginger-garlic paste and mix. Put in half a green chilli. (You can add more or less chill, as you like. Add any other spices now).
Microwave for 30 secs on high without the lid.
Step 4: Add Rice and Veggies
Take the dish out of the microwave (be careful not to burn your hands - use gloves or a cloth) and add the vegetables. Drain the rice and add it too. Add 1 cup of water. Add salt to taste. Mix once.
Typically, the water should taste a pinch saltier than what you think is perfect.
Step 5: Cook
Cover the bowl with the lid and microwave for about 15 minutes.
Step 6: Done!
After 15 minutes, remove the bowl carefully, open the lid and stir to mix the rice and vegetables.
Step 7: Tip
If the rice seems under cooked, close the lid and leave for 5 minutes. If the lid is not airtight, use foil or cling wrap. Cover completely to trap the steam.