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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Palak Pulav (Spinach Pulav) – Go Green Go Healthy

This dish drives me down the memory lane of sixteen yrs when I had just started my college life….my mom would make sure that our family would go out once in a month at least to hotel to have our family dinner…..this time we look at the menu and find Palak Pulav….both mom n I very excited to eat …we ask the waiter and he says it’s a green rice….even more excited we place an order for the dish….n then its just yummy…tasty…my mom an expert n excellent cook just tastes few bites n says she can surely make this magic at home…so the next time when papa gets Palak(Spinach) we have a new dish….I have also continued  cooking it whenever we have Palak(Spinach) at home…so here comes from my Grand Veg Kitchen….
Palak Pulav (Spinach Pulav) – Go Green Go Healthy 
Ingredients:
8-10 Palak (Spinach) leaves
1 Cup Rice (Basmati- Long grained / Sonamasuri /Ponni)
1/4th Cup Peas (Frozen/fresh/if using dry ones soak for 7-8hrs)
½ inch Ginger
2 Green Chilies
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
½ tsp Garam masala
1 Onion thinly sliced
2 tbsp Oil
4 Cloves of Garlic
1 & ½ Cups Water
Salt to taste
Method:
Wash and soak rice for half an hour.
Drain the water from rice completely using a strainer.
Pressure cook rice along with peas with 1 & ½ Cups water just for two whistles and sim for a
minute and off the flame so that the rice is cooked with grains separated. Allow it to cool.
Meanwhile cook the Palak(Spinach) leaves in 1/4th Cup of water for 3-4 mins. Allow it to
cool.
In a mixer grind together ginger, garlic, green chilies and cumin seeds to a coarse paste.
Heat oil in a pan /tawa. Add onions and fry till it turns translucent. Add the paste and fry till
light brown and the raw smell of garlic vanishes.
Next in the mixer grind the cooked & cooled Palak(Spinach )leaves to a fine puree.
Add the Palak(Spinach )puree to the onion & paste sautéed mixture in the pan and sauté for another minute.
Next add garam masala, salt and mix well. Turn off the flame and slowly add the cooked
rice separating it with your fingers all over the pan/tawa so that no lumps of rice remain.
Mix well so that each grain of rice is coated with the Palak(Spinach )mixture.
Cover and cook on low flame for a minute and turn of the flame.
Serve it hot with yogurt / pickles/ raitas!!