Beetroot Rice – A Colourful And Healthy Rice Dish

Beetroot rice

Serve this pretty dome of flavourful Beetroot rice to any kid with fussy eating habits and witness how delightfully he will polish the plate off in minutes!  Make a cheerful food art blending several other colours and kids will go crazy!

This is definitely a very clever way to include beetroot into your kid’s diet.  The vibrant glossy red colour, the natural sweetness of the beetroot and the most uncomplicated way of making it preserves all the goodness, flavours and colour in the dish.

What is special in this recipe is that it tastes simply the best on its own without any accompaniment.  However, I add a sliced boiled egg and scatter some poppadums when I serve it for older kids.  For little ones, just serve as uncomplicated as it is!

Gather the following ingredients:

Cooked Rice1
Beetroot1 large or 2
Onion1
Garlic3 cloves
Olive oil or any kind of oil1 tbsp
Butter1/2 tbsp
Curry Leaves (optional) 
Salt and Pepper powder 

Let’s make :

  • Grate the beetroot finely (Use a fork to hold the pieces to make it easier)
  • Heat oil in a wide wok
  • Saute’ chopped onion
  • Add chopped garlic and stir fry a little
  • Break the curry leaves into small pieces and drop
  • Add all the grated beetroot and stir fry a minute
  • Add salt and pepper powder
  • Drop a dollop of butter for a buttery taste (You can omit this for a healthier version)
  • Add rice little by a little while mixing rapidly
  • Give a good mix and adjust the taste
  • Serve in a bowl or as a dome on a pretty plate
  • Yum!
Beetroot rice

beef burger

Best Beef Burger – Juicy homemade Burger Treat!

beef burger

Make these juicy beef burgers for kids coming all hungry from school or after bouncing hours in the playground! They will simply love to tuck into these and shower you with compliments! Be ready with some extra burgers in case!

Wrapped nicely in a foil, these could go into anyone’s office or school lunch pack too. The best news is that you can tuck into these home-made burger buns, without a  guilt as they are free from all kinds of preservatives or processed ingredients.  You can wrap the extra burgers with a cling film, place them in a plastic box and store them in the freezer which could come quite handy on a later date.     

So, let’s make them;

Get ready with the following ingredients;

Minced lean beef300g
Burger buns8 -10
Large onion1 very thinly chopped
Tomato Ketchup3 tbsp
Egg1
Soy sauce2 tbsp
Coriandar leavesA handful choppped (Optional)
White bread slice 2  grate into crumbs
 Salt 1/4 tsp adjust according to your taste
Pepper 1/4 tsp

Let’s make;

Mix

  • Chop the onion very thinly (any larger bits can cause the burger fall apart while frying)
  • Grate the bread slice into thin crumbs
  • In a large bowl add all the above ingredients; mincemeat, chopped onion, bread crumbs, chopped coriander, egg, salt, pepper and both soy and ketchup and mix thoroughly using your hands.

Test the taste

  • Now, take a small potion from the mixture,  make a ball, flatten it and fry both sides on a heated and oiled non-stick pan or a griddle
  • Taste it and check if you need to add anything more.  You can add more soy sauce, ketchup, salt or pepper and adjust the taste at this stage.

Make the burger pattis

  • Now the taste is just right, take equal sized balls from the mixure and flatten them thickly.  Wet your hands to make this process easier
  • Place them on a tray and cover with a cling film
  • Refrigirate for 1 hr

Fry it

  • Next, spray olive oil onto a non-stick frying pan or a griddle and place the pattis around it
  • Fry one side and then slowly turn over to the other side
  • Never press them down with your spatula.  If pressed down, all the juices will run out, making it dry and crumbly.
  • When both sides are properly cooked, place them on a kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. Proceed with the rest of the pattis.

Fill it

  • Place the bottom sides of the buns on the same frying/griddle pan
  • Quickly place the burger patties on top of each and top them with  slices of cheese singles/slices and leave for a min for the cheese to melt slightly
  • Take out from the pan and squeeze a dollop of burger sauce, ketchup or mayo on top
  • Arrange slices of tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce
  • Cover with the top part of the bun and press down gently.
  • Wrap in foil paper and stack them on a tray
  • Serve warm
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