Saturday, October 30, 2010

Palak Pulao (Spinach Rice)

Pushpa Chechi this recipe is for you, I'm sorry it took me this long to put it up.
This is a nutritious rice dish, you can add other greens too, but spinach is so convenient to use and easily available. This pulao is not the fluffy dry kind of a pulao, its more like a rissotto I want to say, the rice does not get mushy or anything, but the whole thing stays together, very comforting to eat.
1 cup Basmati Rice washed and drained
2 cups chopped spinach/ palak
1/2 onion chopped fine
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp chilli pwd
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil or ghee
Grind to a paste: 1 tomato, 1/2 inch ginger, 1 clove garlic, 1 green chilli, 2 tbsp mint leaves, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 cloves, 3 cardamom pods.
Heat oil or ghee, add onion, fry till well browned.
Add ground paste, turmeric pwd, and chilli pwd.
Fry till mixture is browned and thick.
Add rice, saute for a minute.
Add spinach, saute for a minute, and add salt.
Add 2 and1/2 cup water, and cook in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle.
If not using a pressure cooker, just cover and cook till done about 20 minutes.
Once the pressure cooker cools, open and serve with raita.
I served mine with Beetroot Pachadi.

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