Since my back has been so crappy, cooking has been really difficult. I'm not even supposed to stand for 10 minutes at a time, which makes sense because doing that is REALLY painful. Enormous, growing baby + herniated lumbar disc = ouch.
My mom's been filling up our freezer, so we're living off that. Occasionally I've been making super easy stuff like pasta and store-bought sauce with frozen veggies.
So, here's something easy I whipped up today. You can absolutely substitute frozenstuff with fresh - since I have limited mobility, I have been using frozen.
Pulao is an Indian rice dish, saag means spinach, and channa means chickpeas/garbanzo beans.
Stuff You Need
-3 rice-cups brown rice (by rice-cup, I mean the cup that came with our rice cooker, not 8 ounce cups)
-1 tbsp canola oil (can substitute with other oils)
-1/2 tsp cumin seeds
-16 oz thawed frozen veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, & zucchini)
-seasonings to taste: salt, garam masala, garlic powder, ginger powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder
-1 lb frozen spinach
-1 can garbanzo beans
-Maya Kaimal Tikka Masala, purchased at Costco - you could always substitute with a little bit of tomato puree, fresh ginger and garlic to taste, and then add a bit of cream or half-and-half once it's cooked)
-pressure pan or pressure cooker
I am putting these in steps for each one, but that's not the order I made things in. I started both at the same time, so while the spinach was thawing, I was washing rice. While the rice and spinach were cooking, I washed the beans. Stuff like that. I was never without something to do.
-Heat oil and cumin seeds in stovetop pan on medium heat
-Once oil is hot, add washed rice. Sautee on medium 5 min or until rice is nicely toasted. Add thawed veggies, cook for a few more minutes. Do not overcook. If using fresh veggies, sautee them first, then add rice.
-Add rice & veg mixture to rice cooker along w/6 rice-cups of water. Water:rice ratio is 2:1. Add spices.
-Set to cook. Ta da!
-Add spinach to pressure pan, set stove to high.
-Rinse garbanzo beans. Add these, salt to taste, and tikka masala to pan. Turn stove to medium.
-Close pressure pan. Once steam starts coming from the spout, cover with weight.
-Go sit down. Pressure cookers/pans will let the steam build up and build up, and when they can't take it any more, a gust of steam comes hissing loudly out from under the weight.
-Once the loud hiss comes, turn off.
It may sound more complicated than it actually was, but it took no time. Basically: frozen spinach into pan, heated oil and cumin, washed rice, tossed rice into pan, washed beans, threw beans & tikka in with spinach, added frozen veggies to rice & covered, put rice & veggies into rice cooker, measured water, set to cook, covered pan, sat down, put on weight, sat down, turned off, the end.