January 18, 2021

Mix Vegetable Rice - Kannu Pongal special (Vegan,GF& Saatvik)

Share with friends and family

 We are always on the look out for quick lunch box recipes which are filling at the same time healthy and nutritious. My to go choice for such quick recipes is always some variety of mixed rice like pulao ,biryanis or south indian style variety rice .

As much Pulaos and Biryanis are sought after delicacies in North Indian Cuisine, South Indian cuisine has a variety of flavored rice known as Chitrannam / Chitranna / Kalandha Saadham .

mix vegetable rice is very simple yet flavorful at the same time .There are no spl fancy spice mixes needed just the usual ones we have in our kitchen shelves. You can quickly prepare this flavourful rice for your lunch .it is vegan and GF friendly too.chitrannam, kalandha saadham , chitranna, kannu pandigai, kaanum pongal, aadi perukku, what is kaanum pongal , maatu pongal

If you have been following my blog regularly you would have observed I have posted most of the traditional south Indian variety rice recipes which are very popular and a must have on special occasions.  

Festivals like Aadi Perukku and Kannu Pongal are days when we prepare an elaborate spread of variety rice .For these festivals minimum of 3 variety rice is prepared and max is about 7 or 9 varieties. 

Both these festivals are a way of expressing our gratitude to The Nature for having bestowed us with abundant natural resources which helps in fetching a good yield of crops year on year .

Kaanum Pongal / Kannu Pongal is celebrated on the day after Pongal/ Sankranti where the cattle is worshipped and farmers pay their respects.  The family then  rejoices this day with friends and relatives and they share the delicacies prepared in each home. 

Also,during Navaratri ,each day a special chitrannam is prepared as Prasad for Devi Maa.

This Monday is the 281st week in our FMBH group and Narmadha is the hostess. She suggested we share variety rice dishes which are the speciality of any region barring Pulaos and Biryanis as they are a wide range by themselves.  Narmadha's Srilankan Pol Roti (Coconut Roti) is very interesting and something very unique which I would like to try .

Today's recipe of mix vegetable rice is very simple yet flavorful at the same time .There are no spl fancy spice mixes needed just the usual ones we have in our kitchen shelves . I personally love this rice very much because it is loaded with vegetables and can be paired with some chilled curd and chips . A simple cucumber raita is also a good combination for this mix veg rice. If you follow Vegan diet ,you can pair this with some simple Dal tadka or Rajma Masala.

Donot forget to pin this recipe 

mix vegetable rice is very simple yet flavorful at the same time .There are no spl fancy spice mixes needed just the usual ones we have in our kitchen shelves. You can quickly prepare this flavourful rice for your lunch .it is vegan and GF friendly too.

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 20 mins
Complexity - Simple 
Serves - 2 to 3 


2 cups cooked rice 
1 -2 medium sized potato
2 medium carrots
8 to 10 fresh French beans
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas 
2tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
Salt as needed 
2 tsp sambar powder
1 tsp dhaniya powder 
1/2 tsp haldi 
1/2 tsp red chilli powder 
Fresh corriander finely chopped
Few curry leaves 
1 tsp sugar 
1 tsp tamarind extract 
Pinch of asafoetida (skip for GF) 


  • The rice must be well cooked at the same time fluffy and separate. Spread the rice of a wide plate and allow it cool completely before you mix it .
  • Chop all the vegetables into small cubes and keep aside 
  • In a wide pan , heat the oil and splutter mustard seeds and asafoetida followed by curry leaves.
  • Add the vegetables, salt , haldi and red chilli powder and stir it well . Sprinkle some water and cook covered with occasional stirring . 
  • Once the veggies are half cooked add the dhaniya powder , sambar powder ,fresh corriander leaves ,sprinkle some more water and continue cooking covered. 
  • After a while you can see the vegetables are well cooked .Adjust salt at this stage ,add the tamarind extract and sugar and continue to cook covered for another 2 or 3 mins until you see the vegetables releasing oil and water on its own from the sides .
  • Turn off the stove, add the cooked rice to this vegetable mixture , spread some oil and mix it carefully without breaking the rice.  
  • Donot over mix else they will turn mushy . Carefully mix the rice with the vegetable mixture so that the vegetable mixture gets evenly coated and mixed with the rice. 
  • Let it sit for 20 mins before you serve. This well help the rice absorb all the flavors nicely .
  • Warm it up a bit just before serving. Tasty and healthy vegetable rice is ready .
  • You can fry some peanuts or cashewnuts and garnish it just before serving . 


  1. Hello Priya !

    Chitranna / Mix veg rice looks incredible. A quick recipe that is so nutritious too. Perfect for lunch box too. I just need some Raita and pickle to polish it off. Love your recipe.

  2. Such an inviting and colorful pic Priya .. I need to try out this fried rice soon with sambhar powder and tangy tamarind. Both the ingredients mush be adding so much of flavour to this fried rice dish. wonderful share.

  3. This is a very unique and interesting recipe! It looks fabulous and sounds absolutely delicious.

    I love how you have used a variety of vegetables here. With the tamarind extract, dhaniya powder and sambar powder going in, I can imagine the rich flavours of this rice dish. Will definitely be trying this out.

  4. Mixed vegetable fried rice looks absolutely delicious, nutritious and easy to make. Sambhar masala, tamarind extract, hing with all the spices and vegetables wow I can imagine the taste and flavour. Can't wait to try it.

  5. Such a colorful fried rice with healthy goodness of mixed vegetables ! With sambar powder and tamarind extract going in I am sure it is flavorful and aromatic dish.

  6. Mix vegetable rice looks so colorful and flavorful. Love the Indian masalas you have used which lends amazing taste to the dish. Waiting to try this soon.


If you feel your search for the recipe ends here and this blog has helped you with that,please do drop in a word / suggestion ,which will motivate me further to help you guys !!