Kiddy friendly tomato and roasted red pepper rice with sweetcorn

12 Sep

imageKiddy friendly tomato and roasted pepper rice with sweetcorn

Life is full of beautiful moments when there is a child around.  Before bedtime yesterday, my boy sat on my tummy whilst I lay on the bed and he demonstrated a brand new learning.  I love it when he surprises me like this.  I don’t drill things into him, I much prefer that his own curiosity and his own rhythm reach him to fresh learnings.  Anyway, his face was aglow with pensive excitement as he told me stuff that I knew all along but of course he told it like it was red-hot, novel  information, ‘mumma, I like helicopters,  I like cars, I like animals, I like sev mumra (puffed rice and gram flour straws), I like tumeta bhath (tomato rice).  I asked him what mumma likes and he said, ‘ummm..biscuits’.
Of course he’s pooped in the bath tub twice this week and I am somewhat less enchanted by that.
He then didn’t want to get off my tummy and kept climbing back on for cuddles and to tell me about more stuff that he likes. ‘I like Andy airplane, I like….’ But I was still stuck on the tomato rice bit.
So today, that’s what’s I gave him.  If you’ve been reading my tweets you know how insanely difficult my boy is to feed.  You know I’ve tried it all.  Each meal time starts with an internal prayer and Chant, ‘I flipping hope he eats this, I flipping hope he eats this’
So,  I had the colouring book out and a book about diggers, because he likes diggers.  I mounted a bright blue spoon with red rice, because he likes the colour blue and he’s just told me likes tomato rice, so I hoped. And guess what? ‘Mmm, yummy yummy.’
There must be something about this dish, I recall having experimented with it as a teenager and then finding my brother, scoffing it into his gob directly from the cooking pan.
You could just use tomatoes alone in this dish, but the peppers add great nutrition and flavour.  My boy also likes paprika and I know this because I bought  Ruffles paprika flavoured crisps recently and he kept pinching them from my hands.
3/4 cup of long grain rice, I used Tilda Basmati
One medium onion, finely chopped
Two medium sized roasted red peppers
2/3 can of chopped tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup of sweetcorn
The spices; 1/3tsp turmeric, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin seeds
1. Boil the rice in plenty of water for 8-10minutes on a medium flame and then wash it in cold water and leave to one side
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.  Allow the seeds to sizzle before stirring in the onion and adding the turmeric.  Soften the onion fit a couple of minutes before adding the garlic.  Cook until the onion has softened.
3. Add the tomatoes and chop the red pepper into chunks before adding that.
4. Stir in the paprika and simmer for 4-5 minutes on a medium to low flame.  Turn the sauce into a food processor and blitz it to a smooth consistency.
5. Stir in the rice and add about 30ml of water with the sweetcorn ( defrost first if you are using frozen sweetcorn) and heat the mixture to a simmer again. Turn to a low flame and cook until the water has reduced, the rice is separated and cooked.  This should take 8-10minutes.
Serve with smiles and confidence.  I also served with vegetable wedges, because he likes it.

6 Responses to “Kiddy friendly tomato and roasted red pepper rice with sweetcorn”

  1. lineanddot September 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Ooo this looks like a perfect quick go-to meal, plus peppers and sweet corn are my favourites, I’ll have to give it a try. Also your son sounds absolutely adorable!

    • Deena Kakaya September 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      You’re so kind. If there’s anything I’m proud of in my life, it’s my boy. Please do try them and let me know how you like them x

  2. Shilpa September 17, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Brilliant receipe. Good for children as well as adults if you want a twist to your rice. All I did was spice it up a bit and it tasted lovely.

    • Deena Kakaya September 17, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks Shilpa! I’m really glad to hear that. Thanks for taking the time to let me know how you liked the recipe, hopefully you’ll keep trying them out x

  3. Catherine Taylor October 1, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Deena, this recipe is fab for kids!! I need to have a whole weekend out to try every single dish, love the way you always attach a story to your recipes, uplifting and heartwarming all at the same time as making delicious dishes xx

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      Catherine thank you so much for your kind and lovely words, I really value them. Food is so tied in with our emotions that every recipe naturally has a story. I’m all for sneaking on lots of nutritious stuff in kids food, if you try these please let me know what you think xxx

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