Friday, July 9, 2010

Pesto Vegetable Rice - Inspired from Champa

Hello Friends,


I am sure some of you did go through a post on Champa's blog which was how she prepared rice by making her own pesto sauce. When I saw the pic and read the recipe, it was like this force, which was telling me that I had to make it. Now, I did not have everything she mentioned, but here is my own version of her rice. I simply love pesto sauce, now who doesn't, ok, I am sure there are some who don't, but still, come on, pesto with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, mmm...mmm...mmm. I can eat pasta salad or simple pasta with pesto, any time for any meal. Now, to the recipe :)


Pesto Vegetables Rice





Ingredients
Cooked and Cooled Rice - 2 cups (I used leftover rice from afternoon)
Mixed Veggies - 1 cup, cooked as you like (I used a combo of corn, carrot and peas)
Pesto Sauce - 4 tbsp (I used store bought, but you can prepare any way you like it)
Onion - 1/2 cup, finely sliced
Garlic - 5 big cloves, minced
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Olive Oil - 1 tsp
Preparation
  • Cook and cool rice
  • Boil all veggies with enough salt for then.
  • Take a wide pan and add oil
  • Once oil is hot, add fennel seeds and let nice aroma come from it.
  • Add onion, garlic and salt (only for onion and garlic) to it and let it fry till golden brown. Don't make them mushy, let onions have a crunch. 
  • Add all veggies and pesto sauce to it and let veggies coat with sauce and let it fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now, mix rice to it and turn off the heat.
Serving
We had it for dinner. But, this is a great side dish when you are entertaining people or even as a lunch/dinner.


I am sending this to Side Dish Showdown: Anything Goes event hosted by Cinnamon Girl.


That's all for now. Take care, till next post.

29 comments:

Satya said...

yummy rice...looks awesome n delicious ..i never tried rice with pesto sauce ..very tempting one priya

Umm Mymoonah said...

Looks so good Priya, yumm yumm...

Jay said...

superb dear..looks so delicious n yummy

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Healthy and yummy rice, looks great...

BangaloreBaker said...

Priya,
Thanks for trying the recipe. If you see how I made the pesto sauce, it has green chillies in it. That way it suits Indian palette a lot. I liked your version too.

sweet Artichoke said...

I was already drooling while reading Champa's post and now again, the same thing is happening! The picture is absolutely mouthwatering! I will try it soon, for sure!

priya said...

Looks wonderful!

Swathi said...

Pesto rice looks really yumm.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

priya..feels like grabbing the rice platter off the screen..awesome closeup.lovely n colorful rice...mouthwatering...we make cilantro chutney rice with nuts and i also add pineapple...love it..heat form the g.chillies,crunch from the nuts and sweet n tangy flavor with the pineapple...wil post my version soon...

Madhavi said...

Oh this pesto rice looks amazing,yumm :))

Torviewtoronto said...

Looks delicious

kitchen queen said...

lovely and delicious dish.

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Cooking Blog Indexer said...

Pesto looks delicious..will try it some day..

simply.food said...

Each separate rice grain looks wonderful and tasty.I am loving this pesto rice idea.Seems many bloggers are making this dish.

Priya said...

Great looking pesto vegetable rice, delicious!!

Divya Vikram said...

Great idea of using pesto in rice. Looks delicious.

RV said...

Adding pesto sauce is a good idea dear.. The bowl looks very inviting.

The Housewife said...

Pesto is one of my fave things to have… great recipe thats even better with the addition of corn! Very Summery...

PranisKitchen said...

delicious rice dish with pesto looks so yummy

Krishnaveni said...

delicious rice, great

Suja Sugathan said...

Superb looks so delicious.love this pesto rice recipe.

? said...

This works just like an Orzo dish!

Nitha said...

Delicious rice Priya.. Love the addition of pesto sauce..

Turmericnspice said...

love pesto...never tasted pesto and fennel in the same dish...wld love to try it....creative!

Sushma Mallya said...

Using pesto sauce this way is very interesting, & seems very delicious too with vegetables in it as well...

nandini said...

Love pesto .... Never tried it with rice though... Very inteesting recipe. Will surely try it.

aipi said...

Great idea.. looks so yummy.. will definitely try it :)

Kiran said...

Delicious rice with mouth watering flavors.

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