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10 Oct 2009

Ribbon Rice

Do you feel guilty about taking much non vegetarian food? Then ribbon rice is a good choice for you, a biryani like meat mixture to satisfy your desire to take non, a delicious garlic-ginger added chutney to reduce your cholestrol levels, a simple vegetable mixture to quench the flames of your guilt.This rice is made with three layers, one with meat, one mixed with chutney and last one is with some veggies. Since the three main characters here do not love more-spicy things, I have been compelled to reduce the use of chilly.Make your own meat/veg mixtures and chutney and experiment!

For making rice,
Basmati rice / biryani rice 2 1/2 cups
water 5 cups
cinnamon sticks 2 , 1/4 " pieces
cloves 2
cardamom 1
fennel seeds 1 pinch
ghee 2 tsp

Method of Preparation
Heat a heavy bottomed vessel.
Put ghee, when it melts, add spices.
Stir for few seconds, pour water.
Add salt, allow to boil.
Then add washed rice, cook until the rice is done.
Please refer the ghee rice recipe for this.

For meat mixture,
minced meat 1 cup
onion 1
tomato 1
garlic paste 1 tsp
ginger paste 1 tsp
garam masala powder 1/4 tsp
pepper powder 1/2 or 1 tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
pudina/mint leaves chopped 6
coriander leaves chopped 1 Tbsp
ghee or oil

Cook meat with salt and turmeric.
Heat a pan, add little ghee, saute onion until transparent.
Saute garlic and ginger paste.
Add tomato, all the powders except turmeric, and the leaves.
Stir until the tomato is cooked and mashed, add cooked meat into it.
Mix well, keep aside.

For chutney,
coconut grated 1 cup
ginger 1/2 " piece
garlic pearls 2
green chilly 1 or 2
coriander leaves , one handful
lemon juice 1/2 lemon

Grind together, add lemon juice.
Mix well , keep it aside.

For vegetable mixture,
Carrot 1 medium size
cabbage chopped 1 cup
beans chopped 1/4 cup
green peas cooked 1/2 cup

Chop carrot into thin pieces.
Heat little ghee, saute all these veggies.
Add salt, sprinkle little water over this.
Keep covered, cook on a low flame, stirring occasionally.
Keep aside when cooked.

Again, heat the heavy bottomed vessel.
Grease it with ghee in the bottom.
Divide the cooked rice into three equal parts.
Put one part in the vessel.
Spread meat masala over it.
Mix one part rice with the green chutney.
Then spread it over meat masala.
Above it, spread vegetable mixture.
Then put remaining rice above it.
Cover the vessel using the lid, tightly.
Cook for 10 minutes on a very low flame, like we do for biryani.
or you can bake.
Check the steam has come out after 10 minutes, if not let it cook for some more minutes.


  1. Beautiful!! I love this recipe of yours!

  2. Seena, love this idea, sounds really good. Will sure try it out. So just serve as such from the layers without mixing it up totally huh?


  3. (used to visit you as "Zaara") Ooohh...this looks so good - what a complete meal. I'm definitely going to try this out!

  4. This is my kind of food it look very delicious! I like all of the flavours it will be so aromatic and tasty.

  5. Shilpa(pashion4lyf)12 October 2009 at 23:36

    thats quite innovative!! :) colorful too :) it must have tasted heaven alle!! enikku vishakunne!! :(

  6. This is really a good alternative to meaty biryanis. Looks really delicious!

  7. Rg, sorry for the being late to reply.. I served this without mixing, so it will look beautiful.. :)

  8. Looks great! I should try it one day.


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