July 15, 2014

Spinach & Aubergine Rice / Variety Rice / Lunch Box Recipes

Spinach Aubergine Rice is a healthy and innovative combination recipe in which aubergines were cooked in a spinach paste with the addition of garam masala and mixed with cooked rice. Addition of lemon juice is to balance the taste of spinach and aubergine and also gives a yummy flavor to the rice. It is a Perfect lunch box recipe and can be served  with raita and chips. Simple and healthy recipe for kids too....

Ingredients :

  • 1 Cup Rice, Cooked
  • 1 1/2 Cup Chopped Spinach leaves
  • 1 Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 4 Green chillies
  • 5-6 Aubergines / Brinjal / Kathirikai, chopped into 4 pieces lengthwise
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Channa dal

Method :

  • Cook rice and keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add chopped spinach leaves and 2 green chillies.
  • Saute for a minute and remove from the flame.
  • Cool and grind into fine paste.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil to the same pan and add the chopped Aubergines / Brinjals.
  • Fry them for couple of minutes in a medium flame and remove. keep aside.
  • Now add the remaining oil to the same pan and add mustard seeds.
  • Once it starts spluttering, add channa dal followed by chopped onions.
  • Meanwhile, slice the remaining green chillies and add it to the pan.
  • Saute for a minute and add the lightly fried aubergines followed by spinach paste.
  • Add garam masala and salt. Mix well and cook  for 6-8 minutes in a medium flame or till the spinach mixture turns dry.
  • Once done, add the cooked rice and mix well. 
  • Simmer it for couple for minutes and switch of the flame.
  • Add lemon juice and mix slowly without breaking the rice.
  • Serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve with Onion Raita and chips.

Notes :

  • Groundnuts and cashews can also be added along with mustard seeds and channa dal.
  • Adjust green chillies according to the spicy level.
Linking this recipe to "Healthy Diet Event" Hosted by Fullscoops and Priya's Versatile Recipes.

Sending this recipe to "100 Kids Lunch Box Recipe Book" Event !


  1. simple and a good variety for the lunch box.... Nice recipe

  2. Awesome dish, loved it. delicious and mouth watering....

  3. This is the 3rd spinach recipe that I have got bookmarked.............very nice

  4. tasty and healthy rice..love ur pic too

  5. Super combo dear.looks delivious

  6. Healthy and yummy rice

  7. that's a really healthy combo... so well made...

  8. Healthy and tasty rice recipe...looks delicious!

  9. Very healthy and looks so tempting!

  10. love that bright green color,yummy healthy rice

  11. That's a very healthy dish! Thanks for linking it to healthy diet event!

  12. Lovely and healthy recipe...awesome photography..greenish!