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Vegetable Masala Rice (Vegan One-Pot Rice + Video)

Vegetable Masala rice is an easy and quick one-pot dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes. This is a super delicious and healthy dish perfect for a weeknight dinner or for lunchbox.

How to make perfect Vegetable Masala Rice

Water to rice ratio plays an important role to make perfect rice. You can use any rice such as basmati, long-grain, easy cook, brown, red rice, sona masoori or ponni but make sure to follow cooking instructions on the pack. Cooking time and water to rice ratio varies with different varieties and quality of rice. Some rice varieties may require more water to cook without soaking than the rice that has been soaked for 15-20 minutes. Cooking with or without soaking rice is the one more deciding factor of cooking time and the water to rice ratio. I’ve used basmati rice in this recipe. 1.5 cups of water have been used for 1 cup of rice as I haven’t soaked the rice.

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What to serve with Masala Rice

This flavourful one-pot rice goes well with raita and salad or with simple stir-fries such as Jeera Aloo, Bhindi do Pyaza, or chutneys like green mango chutney, Eggplant chutney.

Vegetable Masala Rice recipe variations

This delicious one-pot rice can be customised to suit your taste preference. You could add any leftover vegetables or seasonal vegetables that get cooked at the same time as the rice. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, fenugreek makes a great addition too. Hard vegetables such as cauliflower, parsnips can be used in this recipe but always use parboiled to ensure these vegetables are well-cooked along with other vegetables and rice.

A small can of coconut milk adds a rich and exotic flavour to the dish. Substitute coconut milk for about half the water. You can make a batch of masala and store it to use next time. Having a pre-made masala handy saves your time as well.

Ingredients

For Masala: coriander seeds, cloves, cassia, star aniseed, nutmeg, mace.

Required ingredients to make masala spice mix.

Vegetables: onion, tomato, ginger-garlic paste, coriander, carrot, beans, green peas, potato.

Whole spices: bay leaf, cumin

Dry spices: turmeric, chilli powder, salt

Liquids: oil, water

vegatables, rice and dry spices placed on a table.

Instructions

Dry roast and grind spices.

before and after pics of ground masala.

Saute onion, ginger-garlic paste until soft.

saute onions, ginger-garlic paste with cumin in a steel pot.

Cook vegetables, spices for 2-3 minutes.

cooking vegetables, spices to make vegetable masala rice

Cook rice and vegetables with water.

Final process of cooking vegetables with rice in eater and coriander.

Piping hot vegetable rice ready to enjoy!

piping hot masala rice in a pot.

Notes

Adjust spices as per your taste preference.

Mix rice gently after adding water to ensure rice grains do not break.

Cooking time may vary depending on the type of burner you use and also on the type of rice. Rice soaked in water for 10-15 minutes cooks in less time than the rice that is not soaked.

Nutmeg and mace have a very strong aroma and taste, just a little is enough to flavour the rice.

You may make a batch of masala and store it in an airtight container. Ground masala keeps good for a maximum of 3 months when stored in the fridge/freezer, later it tends to lose its aroma.

More flavourful rice recipes:

Coconut Rice

Lemon Rice

Jeera Rice

Corn Fried Rice

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Vegetable Masala Rice

Vegetable Masala rice is an easy and quick one-pot dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes. This is a super delicious and healthy dish perfect for a weeknight dinner or for lunchbox.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Rice & Bread
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Geetha Priyanka

Ingredients

1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

    Vegan, Gluten free

    • 2 tbsp Oil
    • 1 Bayleaf
    • 1 tsp Cumin
    • 1 cup (135 gms) Onion 1 large, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
    • 1/2 cup (110 gms) Tomatoes 1 large, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup (97 gms) Carrot 1 medium, diced
    • 1/3 cup (62 gms) Beans 10, slice 1 inch long
    • 1/2 cup (70 gms) Green peas frozen, thawed
    • 1 cup (131 gms) Potato 1 medium, diced
    • Coriander handful
    • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
    • 2 tsp Chilli powder
    • Salt as required
    • 1 cup (215 gms) Rice
    • 1.5 cups Water

    For Masala

    • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
    • 1/2 inch Cassia
    • 4 Cloves
    • small piece Nutmeg 2 peppercorns size
    • 2 small blades Mace
    • 2 petals Star Aniseed

    Instructions

    • Wash rice 2-3 times with cold water and keep it aside.
    • In a small pan, on medium-low flame dry roast cassia, coriander seeds, star aniseed petals, cloves, mace blades, nutmeg piece for few seconds just until the spices are fragrant.
    • Turn off the heat. Allow spices to cool down completely and grind to a powder in a spice grinder or coffee grinder.
    • In a stainless steel cooking pot or skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat.
    • Add bay leaf, cumin, stir and let cumin splutter.
    • Now add onions, ginger-garlic paste and saute for a couple of minutes or until onions turn soft.
    • Now add tomatoes, carrot, beans, green peas, potato, salt, chilli powder, turmeric, ground masala. Saute and cook for 2-3 minutes.
    • Add rice, water, coriander, mix gently and bring it to boil. Cook on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.
    • Now reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting, close the pot with the lid and cook for 10 minutes.
    • Turn off the heat, let it stand for 5 minutes and then open the lid.
    • Enjoy piping hot delicious Vegetable Masala Rice with raita and salad.

    Video

    Notes

    Adjust spices as per your taste preference.
    Mix gently to ensure rice grains do not break.
    Cooking time may vary depending on type of burner you use and also on the type of the rice. Rice soaked in water for 10-15 minutes cooks in less time than the rice that is not soaked.

    Few side dishes to serve with masala rice

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    6 thoughts on “Vegetable Masala Rice (Vegan One-Pot Rice + Video)”

    • Geetha, love the addition of mace to the spice powder. That must be making the vegetable masala rice so aromatic. Masala vegetable rice is one of the recipes that I tend to cook often as its quick and filling too. Next time will add some coconut milk for that extra flavor.

    • Geetha , loved the video- so professional .. love such quick and fail proof yummy recipes. Very well written post. Vegetable masala rice looks absolutely delicious .

    • The one pot meal masala vegetables rice is favourite at my place too. Winter is the right season to use all kinds of veges in making these kind of one pot meals. So soul satisfying and goes well with almost everything.
      Lovely share.

    • Loved the use of freshly ground masala ffor rice.. recipe sounds so flavourful and well cooked, each grain separate…. love such nutritious onepot meals..

    • Your vegetable rice looks delicious. Everybody in my family loves this rice recipe. Especially during winters when there will be lot of fresh vegetables in the market, this will be cooked more often in my kitchen.

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