Monday, June 27, 2011

Palak/Spinach Pulao

                    Palak(Spinach): 1/2 bunch
                    Basmati Rice: 1cup
                    Water: 2 cups
                    Onion(medium): 1/2 (cut it lengthwise)
                    Peas: 1/4 cup
                    Mint leaves: 3-4 sprig( finely chopped)
                    Lemon juice: 4-5 tbspn
                    Bay leaf: 1
                    Cardomom: 2
                    Cinnamon: 1 inch piece
                    Cloves: 3-4
                    Star Anise:1
                    Oil: 7-8 tbspn
                    Salt to taste
Ingredients for masala:
                                     Coconut powder: 1/2 cup
                                     Green chilli: 2-3
                                     Coriander leaves: 5-6 strands
                                     Garlic: 4-5 cloves
                                     Ginger: 1/2 inch piece

                1. Grind the ingredients for masala listed above and palak seperately adding less water. Keep it aside.
                2. Heat oil in a cooker, add bay leaf, cardomom, cloves and star anise.
                3. Add onion, peas and mint leaves. Saute for 2mins.
                4. Add the grinded masala and fry for 2mins.
                5. Add grinded palak leaves and fry for a min.
                6. Now add rice and fry for 2mins.
                7. Add water, salt and lemon juice. Close the lid and Cook till done.
                8. Serve hot with raitha.

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