Friday, January 18, 2013

Palak Chawal /spinach rice

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts
Serves 4-5 persons
  1. 3 cups long grained rice
  2. 1 cup Peas (blanch for 5 minutes and strain)
  3. 2 large onion, finely sliced
  4. 1tbsp oil + 2 tbsp ghee or butter
  5. 1tbsp ginger garlic paste
  6. whole garam masala (4 cloves, 1″ cinnamon, 4 cardamom, 1 star anise)
  7. 1/2 cup curd/yoghurt 
  8. salt to taste
For green Masala (do not make a smooth paste should be coarse)
  1. 1 1/2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  2. 1 tbsp  chopped mint/pudina leaves
  3. 6-8 green chillies
  4. 2 large bunches of spinach, wash thoroughly, blanch for 3 minutes and strain 

  • Coarsely grind the green masala paste ingredients and keep aside.
  •  Heat oil+ghee in a cooking vessel, add whole spices and saute for a few seconds. Add the sliced onions saute till light brown.Now add blanched peas and saute for 5 minutes
  •  Add the ginger garlic paste and saute further for 5 mts. Add the green masala- spinach paste and cook further for another 8-10 minutes. Add yoghurt and combine and allow to cook for a minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the washed rice and saute for 2 minutes  Add 51/2 cups of hot water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover with lid and cook till rice is done.

Serve hot with Green Peas salad or any other salad of your choice.

Green peas salad