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Palak(Spinach) pulao rice

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Palak (Spinach) rice is very healthy and nutritionist flavorful dish and quick to make any time even for the lunch box.The rice is cooked in a thick paste made from pureed spinach and seasoned with many spices.This is very quick and a easy rice recipe and it makes a great lunch box meal filled with nutrition of spinach and rice,
when served along with Tomato Onion Raita, boondi Raita or even with plain yogurt/curd.So try this super healthy spinach rice at home and do let me know your experience. Leave your feedback in the comment box 🙂

 

Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 10 mins
Serves : 4

Ingredients

2 cups Cooked rice
200 grams Spinach Leaves (Palak), rinsed and pureed
1 tsp shahi jeera (cumin) seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 green chillies slit
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 Tomato pureed or finely chopped
2 medium size onions finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil or ghee
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt as required

Directions || How to prepare Palak (Spinach) Pulao

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat.

Add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick ,star anise and sauté for a few seconds.

Add onion and ginger-garlic paste and stir fry till it turns golden brown

Stir in the tomatoes and turmeric powder,red chilli powder and garam masala powder and saute until the tomatoes have softened.

Once the tomatoes have softened, stir in the spinach puree and salt. Cover the pan and allow the spinach to cook until soft.

When you open the pan you will notice that the spinach has released a lot of water. Turn the heat to high and allow the water to evaporate.

Once most of the water is evaporated from the spinach, stir in the cooked rice and combine well.

Check the salt , add lemon juice and adjust to suit your taste.

Turn the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for a few minutes.

After couple of minutes of simmering, you will notice that the rice has absorbed all the spices and has a rich green color.

Turn off the heat and the Spinach Rice is ready to be served.

Green peas pulao

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Green peas pulao

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Green peas pulao also know as Matar pulao is very famous north Indian dish. Peas are starchy, but high in fiber, protein.Peas are mostly loved by man kids as its sweet in taste. Check out this simple and quick recipe.
It can served with Raita,tomato chutney or even with plain papad.

 

Preparation Time : 20 mins

Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2

Ingredients

1 cup Basmati rice
1/2 cup Fresh peas
1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
1 large chopped Onion straight
2 Green chillies
1/2 tbsp garam masala powder
1 and 1/2 cups Water(as per required)
Green coriander finely chopped
Salt – to taste

To temper:

1 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee
1 tsp Shahi Jeera
1 big Bay leaf
1/2 inch piece Cinnamon
2 Cloves

Direction || to make Peas pulao

In a pressure cooker : Heat oil, ghee in a pan. Add jeera,cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. Fry for 2mins till you get nice aroma of all the spices

Now add ginger garlic paste and onions and saute till golden brown.

Then add green chillies saute till it shrinks. Then add peas,garam masala powder and give a quick stir.Add required salt.

Rinse rice well and presoak in water for 15-20mins. Drain water and add the rice and at the last add green coriander finely chopped, give a quick stir.

Add water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.

Once pressure releases,serve hot with any pickle , palad or any chutneys.You can also granish the pulao with chopped green corainder(optional)
Tips:

Soaking rice 10 -15 mins before helps in cooking faster.