Celery Rice with Orange Zest

Celery Rice with Orange Zest

Recipe for celery rice with orange zest

Celery has to be one of the most fragrant vegetables of them all. It is possibly an acquired taste, but a tiny bit added to salads or soups does its job. I got a fresh bunch of celery with beautiful greens in my home-delivered vegetables yesterday and I wanted to use them before they wilted. This recipe is a great way to use a whole bunch of celery, which is very high on nutritive value, especially fibre.

This rice is a good variation to regular pulao, and it goes well with both Indian curries and 'continental' style baked vegetables. It is mild enough to serve to young kids too. The orange zest provides just that tinge of citrus in the background and will keep your guests guessing as to what's that mystery aroma in the dish!

We had this with a mixed seasonal winter vegetables curry, recipe of which I shall blog soon.

Celery Rice with Orange ZestRecipe for celery rice with orange zest Celery has to be one of the most fragrant vegetables of them all. It is possibly an acquired taste, but a tiny bit added to salads or soups does its job. I got a fresh bunch of celery with beautiful greens in my home-delivered vegetables yesterday and I wanted...

Summary

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  • Coursemain course
  • Cuisinecontinental
  • Yield2 servings 2 serving
  • Cooking Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time30 minutesPT0H30M

Ingredients

Long grained rice (basmati)
1 cup
Olive oil or ghee
2 tsps
Garlic finely chopped
3 cloves
Green chilli,finely chopped
1
Celery stalks with leaves
200 grams
Water
2 cups
Vegetable stock cube (Maggi,optional)
1
Zest of orange
1
Salt
to taste

Steps

  1. Wash and finely slice celery stalks. Finely chop celery leaves. Keep them aside in separate bowls.
  2. Wash and soak rice in water for 30mins.
  3. In a large pan, heat oil. Sauté garlic, green chilli and celery stalks for 5mins.
  4. Then add celery leaves and saute on low flame for 5-7mins.
  5. Add orange zest, stock cube, water and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add soaked rice and cook covered for 8 mins or so until done.

Serve with a curry or with baked vegetables.

Tip: How to grow celery from store bought celery

If you are lucky to find celery bunch with roots intact, chop off the stems leaving an inch of stem above the root, place in a jar of water for a week or so until new roots appear and then stick it into a pot with good soil. You will have your own supply of celery for soups and salads.

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