Thursday, January 6, 2011

Herb rice with Mushrooms and Buttered Vegetables

A big hello to all of you,hope all of you had a wonderful kickstart to 2011!So,made any resolutions yet,or broken any?On my part,I haven't made the usual NY resolution of 'eating healthy and losing weight',no,not because I don't want to do it but because if made into a resolution,I am bound to break it.It has to be a way of life and I can do well without the pressure of the resolution weighing heavily on me.For the record,I am doing quite well so far *fingers crossed*.

I came across this recipe on Vanitha,a magazine I subscribe to only because of the recipes featured in it.This featured in the Christmas special edition.We like one-bowl rice dishes and this reminded us of our favorite joint in Chennai,Eden restaurant.I am not yet happy with the Herb rice results,but this one paired with the Mushroom sauce and Buttered Vegetables was a combination worth trying.

Herb Rice with Mushrooms


For the rice

Butter - 1 tbsp
Onion,chopped - 3 tbsp
Milk - 4 tbsp
Cooked rice - 2 cups
Parsley,chopped - 2 tbsp [ I substituted this with fresh Coriander leaves]

For the Mushroom topping

Butter - 2 tbsp
Onions - 1,finely chopped
Green chilly - 1,finely chopped
Fresh Button Mushrooms - 200 gms,sliced
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1 cup
Oregano - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


To prepare rice - In a sauce pan,melt the butter and saute onions.
Add the milk and cooked rice and stir well to mix.
Mix in the parsley[or coriander leaves] and stir well.Switch off the flame after 2-3 minutes,close with a lid and reserve.
To prepare mushroom topping - In a sauce pan,melt the butter and saute onions and green chilly till the onions become transparent.
Add in the sliced mushroom and give a good stir.
In a small bowl,mix together milk and cornflour without forming any lumps.Mix in about 3/4 cup of water to this and add the mix into the saucepan.
Let the mixture come to a boil and then simmer till it thickens[about 2-3 minutes].
Add salt to taste and oregano.
To serve-Layer the herb rice and pour the mushroom sauce on top.

Buttered Vegetables


Broccoli,Cauliflower,Baby Corn,Zucchini,Sweet corn and Mushroom - about 2 cups altogether [you could add any vegetables of your choice]
Butter - 2 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste


Cook the vegetables in enough water till tender[should not be overcooked].
In a saucepan,melt the butter and add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix in the cooked vegetables and stir well to coat the butter,salt and pepper.
Serve hot.


  1. Delicious rice, love that buttered veggies..yummy..

  2. Oh my...What delicious veggie topping!!

  3. Looks delicious and sounds good with mushrooms...Awesome combo of the buttered vegetable for that!
    And reg ur weight factor,inspite baking so many yummy goodies,you are really managing your weight very well :)

  4. Rice grains cooked perfect divya. Love the vegetables over it. It could have been a different yummy feast i guess!

  5. The combo sounds quite nice n interesting...loved the granular texture of ur rice...perfectly cooked..:)

  6. New and interesting recipe. Like the buttered veggies on the rice. Diet resolution for you? You are into perfect 10 :)

  7. Happy New Year Divya,
    Delicious rice with buttered veggies...Luks yum.

  8. Ah! I saw the same Vanitha, I also immediately go to the recipe section. So thanks for trying it out for me ;-). I thought maybe they should have added more "herbs" to the rice, instead of just the parsley...

  9. thts a healthy n delicious dish ..really tempting

  10. Give me 'mushroom anything' and I will eat it very happily! This looks yumm as a combo, will surely try.

    I never make any resolutions as I just don't believe in making one for a specific occasion. And looks like u are going grt with the weight factor, keep going!!

  11. Perfectly cooked herb rice with buttered veggies as combo,a perfect treat to taste buds.

  12. wow! this makes me hungry. :)

    thanks to cakes & more for the introduction to easycooking.following u..

  13. Looks delicious...with yummy the veggies..

  14. Can you please send me a bowl of the buttered vegetables?

    The entire meal looks yummy!

    Happy New Year!

  15. happy new year, divya. the first pic looks really indulgent with the creamy mushroom sauce.:)

  16. Wow Eden was one of my favourite place too when I was in Chennai! Tho I must confess the badam kulfi walla downstairs was an even bigger enticement!
    This looks delicious and healthy!
    Maybe I'll sub olive oil instead of butter to make it fit my new year resolutions :)
    Thanks for commenting on my Stew Divya.Hope you like it and do send it in to Kerala Kitchen!

  17. Gorgeous herb rice with mushrooms...Great combo..;)


  18. Wonderful!! Perfect for a filling meal!!

  19. Great recipe Divya !! This would be a wonderful choice for my sons as i feel this would taste more like the white sauce of pasta which is a favorite of my kiddos..!!

  20. Tried out this recipe today. Turned out very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Hello Divya, just back to London from Chennai after the summer break for the kids. And yes I did go to Eden a couple of times and had Mushroom Sauté on both visits. It is defenitly cream, I tried single cream and it was perfect. Substitute it with cream instead of the corn flour. And lots of pepper. Good Luck


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