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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tricolor Pilaf with Avocado and Mango Raita

Today's focus is on Avocado. This is another wonder fruit with many health benefits.Its also said that, An Avocado a Day keeps the doctor away.

Some of the health benefits of Avocado :
  • Prevention of Breast cancer and Prostrate cancer.
  • Good for the health of your Eyes and heart.
  • Helps in lowering Cholesterol.
  • Prevention of Strokes.
  • Known to be a Vitamin E Powerhouse.
  • Excellent source of Glutathione which is an antioxidant which prevents aging,cancer and heart diseases.

For more detailed explanation of the health benefits please read here.

Avocado and Mango Raita

Ingredients :

  • 1 Avocado peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1 Jalapeno chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • handful of fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt whisked
  • salt to taste

Here's a Basic Guide of How to cut and peel an Avocado.

Preparation : I Hope the following pictorial instructions are self explanatory. Just add all the ingredients in a bowl and adjust the seasoning (salt). Raita is ready to serve.

Tricolor Pilaf - Tiranga Pulao


  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup peas frozen
  • 1 cup corn frozen
  • handful of raisins
  • 1" piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4-5 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • salt to taste
    2 tbsp Olive oil

Preparation :

  • Wash and Soak 2 cups of rice in 4 cups of water. You will not need to add anymore water to make the pilaf. Just use this rice with the water. Keep this aside for around 15-20 minutes .
  • Heat some oil in a pan . Add Cumin seeds. When they splutter, add peppercorns, and the freshly chopped ginger. Fry for about a minute.
  • Add the raisins, grated carrot,peas and corn. Fry for a minute.Add turmeric powder, salt, red chilli powder. Then add the rice with the water which we had kept aside earlier.
  • Let this cook uncovered on medium flame. Now when you see that most of the water has dried up (like 85-90%) set the stove to the lowest flame and cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Your Pilaf is ready to serve with the Avocado and Mango Raita.
* Its Tricolor/Tiranga because of the orange color of the carrot, green color of the peas and yellow of the corn.

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  1. Avocado and Mango, nice combo. I just saw one recipe the other day also avocado and mango. Will try to make this soon.

  2. Wow.. this post is so informative and yummy too :)

  3. Hi Dolly. Just checked ur new profile pic, good one dear. You have a very North Indian face, to which state do u actually belong?
    I also realised we entered the blogging world at almost the same time, May 2009.
    Coming to the raita, very interesting combo indeed. We are still a few months away from the mangoes, will try ur version then. Avaocado alas are not that easily available here, but have enjoyed them in Chennai where they were available easily.

  4. The whole platter us really so healthy and colorful.. tempting me on the whole. Avocado and mango are really good combo, avocado with onion I make raita but adding mango is really interesting, cannot wait to try it out.

  5. I loved the raitha...very tempting...fruits..... I love mango by itself...more because it is called KUKU in Tulu language...... I loved the pilaf too, as I am totally into rice... Any kind any sort..... ;-)


  6. Congrats on ur award Dolly.Just keep rocking and thankyou so much for appreciating my blog.Your pulao looks so tempting and delicious.The raita looks very healthy and yummy too.

  7. Heartiest congratulations for your award. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation with mouth watering pictures. Raitha looks tempting.

  8. I have not yet started on eating avocados or making it a staple at home. but after seeing all its benefits it soon going to enter my veggie list. the raita looks lovely. i can eat it on its own anytime.last but not the list COngrats on the Award.

  9. Interesting & a very unique recipe for raitha...and rice looks yummy too..

  10. Interesting and yummy recipes..i love mango raita..must try this...looks so deliciously tempting!

  11. Hey Dolly

    thanks for visiting me and leaving a wonderful comment...congrats for your award, many more to come..rice and raita looks very colourful and yummy...following you so don't miss the post..


  12. The pulao looks tempting and the dip's combination sounds different:)

  13. U r good at pulav making...looks colorful dear...lov avocado,now its the season...hav to try raita ....

  14. Dolly, first of all, very nice profile pic! I love avocados too and this looks like a nice raita with avocados and mangoes.. I'll surely try it soon. Tricolor pulav just looks soooo inviting. congrats on award, you sure deserve them!

  15. wow very nice combo dolly...raita luks fabulous, awesome combo...thnx for teling benifits of avacado, nice pilaf recipe

  16. Delicious :-) Lot of useful info abt avacado..Thanks for sharing dear

  17. Both the dishes look super delicious, lovely platter.

  18. Wat a lovely spread,raita looks unique and fantastic...both dishes together looks delicious..

  19. the more colors the more healthy !!!! yummy recipes !!

  20. Delicious spread!!!
    Wonderful click with lovely information

  21. Love the addition of avocados1 MAkes a complete wholesome meal!

  22. Both pulav and raita looks tempting and delicious...

  23. pilaf looks delicious..Interesting & unique recipe for raitha.Yummy great combo dolly..will try this!Thanks for sharing.
    Congrats and wish u get lots more!!