A Tricolour Recipe with global food is what I chose to make for the Indian Independence day. While I could have gone all Indian on this one, I decided not just to convey a sense of being global and to represent India’s progress is this tricolour recipe (Saffron, White & Green of the Indian National flag) made with International food.

Tricolour recipe

“Yet another day off from school!” was mostly what I thought of Independence Day as a kid. A day when I went to school to watch a play, collect some sweet treats to be eaten on the way home and scurry away before you were asked to help with the clean-up of school premises.  While I had read enough stories and watched many movies about the struggle for Independence, I was too used to mine to really understand the intensity of the fight.

As the years passed by, I had to fight some battles for myself, by myself. A battle to choose between the right and wrong, a battle to stand out from the crowd, a battle to find my identity, and a battle for my independence, to live life on my terms. Somewhere along this road, I have come to identify with the Independence struggle. I do not mean to belittle the freedom fighters or glorify my life. I merely mean that I understand. I understand that if making an identity for yourself can be tough, making an identity for a whole country was no piece of cake or should I say ladoo ( the sweet treat that was given to us in school which almost became the meaning of the day!).

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That understanding instilled a sense of patriotism in me. Living in a country far away from home intensified it. But of course, Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Whether the fondness is for a person or a whole country!

Representing my thoughts was my lunch platter today truly depicting the globalization of India. A tricolour recipe – Basmati rice with creamed spinach on a bed of spiced carrot puree. A recipe that took both Nachiket and me by surprise with its taste and flavours.

Tricolour Recipe

Here is the

Tricolour Recipe:


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 2-3



    For the Spiced Carrot Puree
  • 1 cup of boiled carrots
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (cayenne pepper)
  • Salt to season
  • For the rice
  • 3/4 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • For Creamed Spinach
  • 3 + 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Ttbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Onion, Finely Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 1 1/4 cup Milk (at room temperature)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces / 100 g Spinach leaves


  1. For the spiced carrot puree, blend the boiled carrots to a smooth puree using a minimal amount of water/milk.
  2. Mix the puree with sour cream, salt and red chili powder and set aside.
  3. Cook 3./4 cup of Basmati rice in 1 1/2 cup water and set aside.
  4. For the creamed Spinach, Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a pot.
  5. Add the diced onion and garlic and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  6. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk together.
  7. Cook over medium heat for 2 min or until light golden brown
  8. Pour in milk, whisking constantly, and cook for another five minutes until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency.
  9. Meanwhile, melt 1 tbsp butter in a separate pan. Add spinach cook until wilted but not soggy, about 2-3 min.
  10. Season the cream sauce with salt and pepper. Add spinach to the cream sauce, stirring gently to combine. Set aside.

My Take:

One can use any short grain rice or even Jasmine rice in this recipe.

Also, you don’t have to be celebrating Indian Independence to have this colourful dish :D

Yummily Yours'



Sending this recipe to Cooking With SJ’s Indepent India event.



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  1. Beautiful presentation, Prashanthi. Happy Independence day to you.

  2. Beautiful.. Love your carrot puree. And its true we dont need any special occasion to make this dish. Between, have couple of questions about butterbeer.. will mail you seperately 🙂

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  4. I love the colors of this recipe. You did a great job of portraying Independence in yourself and around the world. Someday, I would love to hear about some of the battles you have fought! We can compare our war wounds. 🙂

  5. The color of carrot stand up when I saw your homepage and I immediately wanted to check it out. So appetizing and delicious! Happy Independence Day!

  6. So beautiful! I can’t wait to make it! I have just found your website, and already have a long list of your recipes I must try.

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