Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Palak Pulao

Ingredients :-

Basmathi rice : 2 rice cooker cups
Spinach : 1/2 bunch or little less
Tomato : 1 vine ripe tomato
Green chillies :5
Onion : 1 small
Carrot : 1
Potato : 1
Corn kernels and sweet peas : 1/4 cup
Coconut milk :1 rice cooker cup
Raw whole masalas : (cloves :4 , cardamoms :4 , cinnamon : 2 sticks , mace : 2 strands, star anise :2 , bay leaves :2 small , shajeera : 1/4 tspn)
Oil :2 Tbspn
Ginger garlic paste : 1/2 tspn
Garam masala powder : 1/2 tspn
Coriander powder : 1/2tspn
Lemon juice : Juice of 1/2 lemon
Coriander leaves : 5 sprigs
Mint leaves : Leaves of 5 sprigs
Curd :1 tbspn

Preparation :-
  • Take 2 rice cooker cups of rice , wash them and pour sufficient water and soak.
  • Clean and chop spinach , chop tomato and chop 2 green chillies .
  • Take chopped ingredients into blender and blend it fine .
  • Chop onions , 3 green chillies , carrot , potato . Put ready corn kernels and sweet peas.
  • Heat a pan add oil and when hot add whole garam masalas and fry for a minute.
  • Add green chillies and onions . Let onion get fried till golden brown . Then add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  • Add potato , carrot , corn and peas.
  • Let the vegetables cook . When veggies are half done add coriander powder and garam masala powder . Give a good mix and let them cook further . (cook covered and add little salt to fasten the cooking process)
  • Once veggies are cooked add chopped mint and coriander leaves. Add 1Tbspn of curd and cook for 5 mins.
  • For 2 cups of basmathi rice we need 3 cups of water . Instead of adding complete water and to enhance the taste here i am adding 1 rice cooker cup of spinach paste , 1 rice cooker cup of coconut milk and 1 rice cooker cup of water . So totally it makes 3 cups.
  • Add 2 tspns of salt and let this boil .
  • Once it boils fully add strained rice , squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon and if u wish add little ghee or butter. Cook covered. Put flame in med-high and when rice is formed reduce heat to medium and last 5 minutes cook it on sim or low flame . Cook the whole process covered with lid.
  • Once u see rice is formed and no liquid is remained then Put lid and after a minute switch off stove and dont open the lid for next 10-15 mins. As we are adding spinach paste and coconut milk , in the final cooking process rice might get stick to the bottom and get over roasted . So be careful and for this situation there is a simple tip , when rice is formed dont disturb and switchoff stove , u might think that rice is still grainy . Yes rice will be grainy and u can see liquid on top but dont worry simply switchoff and put lid and dont disturb for 10-15 mins . Always remember that basmathi rice gets cooked fully only after switching off stove. U will be surprised after 10-15 mins if u open the lid the rice will be fully cooked . Just mix it from the bottom and put lid again . U can serve after 2 mins. Hope this tip helps u . Plz follow the tip as i said , trust me u will get perfect ,fluffy palak pulav . Plz dont try to cook rice on heat till fully done it just results in over roasting and ruins ur effort.
  • Serve this hot hot palak pulao with sherva and raitha and enjoy tasty and nutritious spinach rice casserole.


  1. Anonymous said...
    healthy rice dish.i tried n came out superb
    sandhya said...
    shall we cook in rice cooker. is it compulsory to use basmati rice r else we can use normal rice

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