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riceBy Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, Nutritionist, Dorchester North WIC Program

This is the era of fusion music, art and fashion, so follow me as we take a stroll down the road of a tasty and interesting fusion recipe!   This recipe combines the exotic flavors of both Mexican and Indonesian cuisine, with the healthy bonus of brown rice!  This dish is a great option for cooking ahead of time in a large batch and reheating before serving.   This dish tastes delicious by itself or it can be served with tomato soup & spinach raita to make it a complete meal for holiday parties or celebrations.

 Makes 3-4 servings

Preparation time: 20-30 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • ½ cup of shredded cabbage
  • ¼ cup sliced bell pepper
  • ¼ cup carrots, sliced into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup green beans, sliced into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (and extra for garnish)
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup



  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat in a sauce pan. Add the onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for a few more minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the uncooked brown rice and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Add the water.
  5. Turn the heat to low and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

While the rice cooks, prepare the vegetables:

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan.
  2. Add the cabbage, bell peppers, carrots, green beans, and cilantro. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, curry, oregano, salt and pepper, and ketchup. Cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  4. Combine vegetables with rice, mix well and garnish with chopped cilantro.



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Nutrition Education Specialist for the Massachusetts WIC Program

Nutrition Education Specialist for the Massachusetts WIC Program

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