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Pepper squash (butternut) brown rice

Butternut rice

Health benefits:
Butternut squash is rich source of vitamin A which is heart healthy, good for once vision and skin.
It is also excellent source for vitamin C and other potent antioxidants. It is anti – inflammatory, high in fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. These nutrients can help stabilize blood sugar.
Though all varieties of squash are good nutrition choices, winter varieties tend to be more nutrient-dense.
So try this Rice with Butternut Squash warming dish is full of flavour from the tender butternut squash and combination of herbs. And to make it healthier I have used brown rice.

Serves: 2
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
• Brown basmati rice-1cup
• Butternut/ winter squash-2cups (peeled and cut to 1/2inch cubes)
• Pepper-1 1/2tsp
• Cumin/ jeera-1tsp
• Shahi jeera/ black cumin-1tsp
• Whole garam masala- (clove-2, bay leaf-1, cardamom-1,)
• Cashew nuts-5-7num
• Salt-as per taste
• Curry leaves-few
• Coriander leaves- 1 spring
• Oil-1tbsp

Procedure:
• Soak brown rice for at least a hour before cooking.
• Dry roast cumin and pepper in the pan till a nice aroma comes. Let it cool down
• Grind it coarse along with coriander leaves.
• Now heat oil in a pan add black cumin, curry leaves, cashew, garam masala whole, ground pepper-jeera powder and saute until the cashews are slightly golden .
• Then add chopped butternut, rice to pan
• Stir until thoroughly coated with the masala mixture.
• Add ~2 ½ cup of water hot water, salt and bring to a boil and then cover the lid and cook on a medium low flame for 20-25mins or until all the water is absorbed.
• Turn off the flame and leave the lid on for another 5mins and serve warm with any side dish of your choice.

Note:
• Shahi jeera is just for the flavour you can add the regular cumin seeds instead.
• Can use white regular rice instead of brown rice.
• You can also use any winter squash/ pumpkin to this recipe.

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About Chitra Jagadish

My passion is Cooking & love exploring healthy recipes. This blog is all about sharing 'Recipes for Healthy living', which are my experiments at home.

Posted on May 7, 2014, in Indian, Main dish and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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