Thursday , November 30 2023

Multi-Layered Vegetable Rice Recipe

Sure, here’s a delicious and nutritious multi-layered vegetable rice recipe for you:

Multi-Layered Vegetable Rice Recipe


For the Rice:

  • 2 cups basmati rice, soaked and drained
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt to taste

For the Vegetable Layers:

  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup bell peppers (mixed colors), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup spinach or kale, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee

For Layering and Garnish:

  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
  • Fried onions (optional)
  • Saffron strands soaked in warm milk (for color and aroma)


  1. Prepare the Rice:
    • In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
    • Add the soaked and drained rice along with some salt.
    • Cook the rice until it’s about 70-80% cooked. It should still have a slight bite to it. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Vegetable Layers:
    • In a skillet, heat the oil or ghee over medium heat.
    • Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
    • Add the sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
    • Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for another minute.
    • Add the julienned carrots, sliced bell peppers, peas, and corn. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
    • Add the turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
    • Finally, add the chopped spinach or kale and cook until wilted. Remove from heat.
  3. Layering:
    • In a large heavy-bottomed pot or a deep oven-safe dish, start by spreading a layer of the partially cooked rice at the bottom.
    • Follow with a layer of the prepared vegetable mixture.
    • Continue alternating between rice and vegetable layers until both are used up. Ensure the top layer is rice.
  4. Finishing Touches:
    • Drizzle the saffron-infused milk over the top layer of rice.
    • Sprinkle chopped cilantro or parsley on top.
    • Optionally, sprinkle some fried onions for added flavor and crunch.
  5. Cooking:
    • You can cook the layered rice on the stovetop over low heat with a tightly closed lid. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the rice to finish cooking.
    • Alternatively, you can bake the layered rice in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Serving:
    • Gently fluff the rice layers with a fork before serving to mix the flavors.
    • Serve the multi-layered vegetable rice hot with yogurt, raita, or any side dish of your choice.

Enjoy your flavorful and colorful multi-layered vegetable rice!

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