In this bento: a green zebra heirloom tomato from The Patch, cherry tomatoes from Triple T Ranch and Ridgeview Farms, radish slices and apple slices from Ridgeview Farms, cucumber from Crescent Moon Farms, a silicone cup filled with lentils (Tasty Bite!) topped with basil from Triple T Ranch and homemade rice pilaf with a bit of black sesame seeds.
Recipe for Cardamom and Clove Scented Rice Pilaf
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1/2 cup jasmine rice
2 cardamom pods
1 1/4 cup water
In a pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, rice, cardamom pods, and cloves. Cook and stir for about 2 or three minutes until fragrant. Add water, turn up heat and bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to low. Simmer covered for 15 minutes. Remove lid, fluff and recover for 5 minutes off heat. Makes enough for 3 or 4 servings. Top with minced cilantro and chopped tomatoes if desired.
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Cardamom and clove scented rice pilaf sounds positively aromatically delicious. I love Indian food! Hope my kids come around to the spices soon too :) Lovely bento!ReplyDelete
It's pretty mild pilaf. I bet your boy would like it, and maybe even your daughter. I want to just gorge myself on tandoor chicken and naan! :)ReplyDelete
Love love aromatic food! I might try your pilaf soon ^_^. Cardamom is used in sweet bakery here, might try it differently from the usual .ReplyDelete
Very colorful veggies... *jealous* :)
Indian foods always so rich in spices ... Very savory! Great choice to put in your bento. Always love your fruits and veggies section :)ReplyDelete
Oh I love Indian food!!! Gorgeous bento and the scented rice sounds wonderful. :)ReplyDelete
Your Indian cooking sounds heaven, I even can imagine the perfect combination of that sauce in the purple cup with the rice, yum! Btw, I thought your green zebra heirloom tomato is a green eggplant :DReplyDelete
Thanks karaimame! I like the way the cardamom is so subtle in the rice. Be sure to remove it and not eat it with the rice. I forgot to add that part to the recipe. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Lia! I need to cook Indian food more often, it has so many great flavors.ReplyDelete
Hi Susan! The rice is really easy to make, and the clove and cardamom add a lovely hint of perfume to the rice.ReplyDelete
Thanks tatabonita! It was a really tasty combo. The tomato does kind of look like an eggplant, right? :) I need to try some eggplant this summer before the season is over.ReplyDelete
I love Indian food too and your bento is full of spice and elegant sizzle...love the radish slice and baby tomato colors together, they sing of summer!ReplyDelete
Thanks bentobird! I wish I had put more Indian treats in here like naan and curry. YUM!ReplyDelete