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Recipe: Comparatively Frugal Masala Rice

I enjoyed every bite of this. It’s an Indian recipe I adapted from here. One warning, it’s not frugal if you don’ t already have the spices. For me, it was extremely frugal because I own them all. We had to buy the rice, beans, cilantro, and onion.


  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 2 15 oz. cans black beans
  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 small clove garlic Garlic
  • 2 Cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 Peppercorns (or some ground pepper)
  • 1 medium, finely sliced Onion
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  • 6 cups Water
  • 4 tbsp Cooking Oil
  1. Cook the rice with the turmeric in about 3 cups of water for about 20 minutes (won’t be all the way done). Turmeric is for color, so you don’t have to use it.
  2. While rice is cooking, finely chop cilantro and garlic. Place them aside and chop onion (put it in something else). Wash spinach and place in separate bowl.
  3. Set aside partially cooked rice.
  4. Heat oil in a big saucepan or rice cooker. Add cardamom pods, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Fry for about a minute.
  5. Add the onion and continue frying until it turns brown.
  6. Then add cilantro and garlic. Fry for another minute or two.
  7. Mix in rice thoroughly. Fry for 5 minutes. Add remaining 3 cups of water, spinach, drained beans, and salt to taste.
  8. Cook for about 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.

Enjoy thoroughly!

(Note: I added the spinach because we had extra and we needed a vegetable in it. It doesn’t taste like spinach because of all the spices.)

P.S. Remember…don’t let it burn. I did that tonight. 🙁 Most of it still tastes good, however, just the bottom part is bad. Fortunately, Mr. Micah will eat burnt food with BBQ sauce. He’s so handy.

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CatherineL November 26, 2007 at 6:17 am

Hi Mrs Micah – congratulations on the new blog. It is great.

And thanks for the recipe – I’m going to print it out. It will work out cheap as I have everything but the bay leaves.

plonkee November 26, 2007 at 7:28 am

Mmmmm. Curry.

I might try this at some point but I think I’ll leave out the spinach.

Money Blue Book November 26, 2007 at 10:51 am

I hope you have good ventilation… whenever I attempt to fry/bake fish it always stinks up my apartment.

Mommy November 26, 2007 at 9:17 pm

You can leave out the tumeric, but some of us like the flavor, and tumeric has some good health effects, though I forget which ones. So use the tumeric unless you dislike the taste or can’t afford it.
Mrs. Micah’s Mom

mrsmicah November 26, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Oh yay, my mommy posted! And she speaks the truth about turmeric. At least about not needing it but it being nice. I can’t remember the flavor offhand. Maybe I don’t taste it.

Spinach is definitely optional plonkee. I would never have thought of it except we had an extra bag. But it makes me feel like I’m doing something good and it doesn’t taste like spinach. win/win. 🙂

Stephanie December 3, 2007 at 8:02 pm

Oh yummy!

Nagma September 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm

It must be very tasty. I love spinach and rice. So i will try. Thanks
.-= Nagma´s last blog ..Kunafa with Custard- =-.

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