Off late, there is too much floating on the net regarding working mothers vs stay-at-home mothers. When I read some articles, it literally makes my blood boil. Since when have we started questioning mothers at home as to why they are not working? Since when have we started to judge working mothers as to how less they care for their children? With the world changing, our thought process seems to be getting narrower than expanding, without us even realizing it. We judge homemakers (a much better phrase than being called a housewife!) as “lazy”, “not ambitious”, “free all the time”, etc. We judge working mothers as “over-ambitious”, “career oriented”, “not bothered about the kids”, etc. Ever since Rasha was born, I moved from a working woman to a working mother. The past ten years has not been easy, whether it is mentally, emotionally or physically. There are times when I have wished I could leave working, but there are so many facets to it that you can’t let go it one fine morning. For some, it is supporting the family, for some it is nourishing their skills. It is heartwarming to see a lot of mothers doing something or the other within the vicinity of their homes, without compromising on the time they give their children. Having a balance becomes imperative every single day. Before we judge others, let us look deep into ourselves and ponder whether we are good enough to be doing it. We can never fit into each others shoes and with Allah’s grace, we all are doing the best as required by time. Let us give peace to each other and help each other find solace in the situation which we are in, InShaAllah… That is called empowerment, that is called feminism…
With my rant over, coming to this delightful pot of rice. During my vegan days, this One Pot Turmeric Vegetable Rice would feature on almost every second Friday. I prefer it over a vegetable pulao (InShaAllah recipe will be posted in future…) due to it’s ease to make and it’s ability to stand on its own. All I used to club it up is with a pickle and you have a comfort meal. Turmeric is now known to be a super spice, capable of even keeping cancer at bay, so this rice uses ample quantity of it to give it the lovely pop of yellow. You can use any vegetable available in your pantry to make this one-pot rice. Off to this simple recipe…
One Pot Turmeric Vegetable Rice
- 3 tbsp oil
- 2 cardamom
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon
- 3 cloves
- 10 peppercorns
- 1 star anise
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- 1 large onion sliced
- 3 green chillies slit
- 1 large tomato chopped
- 1 small cauliflower 200 gm, florets removed
- 1 large potato chopped
- 1 large carrot chopped
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 2 cups basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes and drained
- 3 3/4 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed and drained
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add in the whole spices and let them sizzle.
- Add in the curry leaves, onion and green chillies and saute till wilted.
- Add in the vegetables and toss it up well. Sprinkle in the turmeric and chilli powder and mix well.
- Let the mixture steam on low flame for around five minutes, stir occasionally not avoid sticking to the pan.
- Add in the drained rice and saute for five minutes till the rice turns crisp and dry.
- Add in the hot water and peas. Keep on high flame till the mixture boils.
- Sprinkle in sufficient salt, pepper and the garam masala.
- Keep on the lowest flame possible and cook on closed lid till the water is absorbed and the rice is well cooked.
- Switch off and fluff up the rice with a fork. Serve hot with raita, pickle and any side.