On luck and leftovers

Holiday baking always leaves its trace in the pantry, look for it in January and you will see! A forlorn looking chestnut seriously lacking company to go to the oven, half a dozen pecans , 23 wiggly walnut halves, bits and pieces of cashew nuts, loads of raisins, and some good amount of cranberries in my pantry reminds me of the month of flour and butter that I just baked away. Tossing all these leftovers together with some rice, a couple of pantry staples and handful of herbs and calling it a rice salad – delicious!!!

rice salad 2

Looks like I am off to start a lucky streak this year. Usually, my odds at winning anything is like 1 in 10 to the power of n , where n equals the number of rest of the people on planet earth ( oh, come on, give mathematics a break) Not any more my people, not any more, all the false notions I was harboring about my winning chances are reduced to smithereens now. I have won a copy of the book 500 cheeses at a giveaway in talented Aparna’s blog My Diverse Kitchen. Winning isn’t everything, but it sure makes one boastful. Thank you Aparna.

rice salad 1

Fragrant rice salad

Basmati rice cooked 2 cups
Mixed chopped nuts 1/2 cup
Cooked shredded chicken 1 cup
Broccoli –small piece 1/4 cup
Green bean-small pieces 1/4 cup
Dried sweetened cranberries 1/2 cup
Pineapple-chopped 1/4 cup
Raisins or dried apricots 1/2 cup
Thai basil –chopped 1/4 cup
Cilantro-chopped 1/4 cup
Parsley- chopped 1/4 cup
Crushed black pepper 1 tsp
Cream 2 tbsp
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
Vegetable bouillon cube 1
Garlic-chopped 1 tsp
Cumin 1/4 tsp
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Salt To taste

Heat the rice in the microwave till it is warm to touch. Sprinkle cream and 1 tbsp olive oil over rice, mix with a fork and keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp oil, add cumin, garlic, chopped vegetables, crushed vegetable bouillon cube and stir fry till the vegetables are tender. Add to the rice, add the remaining ingredients except lemon juice and parsley to the rice, toss well. Check the salt. Add some salt to lemon juice if needed and sprinkle over the rice, toss well. Keep covered for 10 minutes before serving


Priya Suresh said...

Such a beautiful salad, never tried making salad with rice..cant wait to try soon..Congrats for the win..

Ria Mathew said...

There you are, with another breathtaking post! :)

Swathi said...

Beautiful and colorful salad. congrats on your win

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Archana , am sooo thrilled to find ur blog too:-)
Ahh , am loving ur wonderful Rice salad , tossing in all the goodies!
U sure started fab , congrats on ur win:-)

SprigBlossoms said...

love your idea of the rice salad!! leftovers make the best after-party celebrations....

Marilyn said...

I survived off rice in college and came up with some pretty innovative rice dishes, and I've got to say, this dish looks like it is right up my alley! Rice with nuts - yum! Thanks for the recipe.

Sweet Artichoke said...

This salad is beautiful and sounds so good! Your pictures are amazing!

Your Life Channel said...

Looks just delicious!

archana said...

Thank you, i havn't either before i made this one for the first time. We are the biriyani-pulav-plain rice- people,aren't we !

Thank you deary

Thank you,thank you

Thank you dear,love your name. MY daughter has a friend named Nia, whom she calls Mia.

Spring blossoms
YOu are very right,love leftovers.
Thank you.

Ha Ha, i am a rice person, love it, can it up to 5 times a day. I love rice and nuts going together.

Sweet A,
Thnk you very much for your kind words.

Thank you much

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

What a colorful salad..dosent look that its prepared from leftovers.

grace said...

cranberries, raisins, cilantro, green beans--this salad surely has a little bit of everything! really nice, archana. :)


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