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Friday, August 22, 2008

Palak pulao

I love making pulao. Not for its taste, aroma, flavour or any of those things that often find a mention when you talk about pulao. All that is only of secondary importance to me. The numero uno reason why I love this dish is because it is so E.A.S.Y to make. Take some rice in a cooker, throw in veggies of your choice, spices.....fry it in some ghee, add water, salt and pressure cook. Doesn't get simpler than that, does it? You don't even have to cook up a fancy curry to go with it. Just pair it with some papad and raita/curd and you have a complete meal and just one pot to wash.
The palak pulao that Iam blogging about today is adapted from Tarla Dalal's Iron Rich Recipes. The original recipe calls for sweet corn. Having none, I substituted that with carrots.
What you need:
Spinach/palak - 1 bunch, washed and chopped fine
Carrots - 3, chopped
Onion - 1 large, chopped
Green chilli - 2 or 3
Black peppercorns - a few
Cinnamon - a small piece
Clove - 4
Cardamom - 4 pods
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt
Rice - 1 cup
Water - 2.5 cups

Wash rice, drain water completely and set aside. Heat 2 tsp of ghee/oil. Add cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and peppercorns. Stir until fragrant. Now add in the green chilli, and onions. Fry until onions become translucent. Add the spinach and carrots. Fry for a few minutes. Then add the rice, water and salt. Mix well and pressure cook until one whistle.
If you can get somebody to chop the veggies and clean up after, that will make it all the better :-)

15 comments:

Laavanya said...

That looks so pretty with the orange carrots & green spinach.... and you are right on about it being so easy.

jayasree said...

Thats one nice way to include spinach in the diet. I too sometime prefers pulao for the reaon u mentioned - Easy,complete meal and only one dish to wash

Hima said...

What a nice healthy pulav!!

Pearlsofeast said...

Wow sounds healthy,will try out with corn.

Vaishali said...

What a delicious as well as nutritious pulao, Jayashree. Thanks for the recipe.

sowmya said...

wow..nice picture..looks deli..i usually grind the spinach and make pulao..will try your way sometime..

notyet100 said...

NICE ONE ..HEALTHY TOO,.:-)

Sig said...

You are so right Jayashree, this has to be the easiest one pot dish out there! Looks yum!

sra said...

Washing and chopping the spinach fine is hard work, no? :( I'd probably just tear it up after washing it!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks colorful, sounds healthy and tasty.

Sangeeth said...

colourful and healthy....thanks for sharing it

Paru ... said...

Lovely Pulao..

Love the green...

Sunshinemom said...

This is a luscious snap! Would love to have it for lunch today - we are just going to settle for yesterdays left overs as I cooked too much porichakootu and rasam!

sneha kulkarni said...

nice one. it tastes gr8 if u add palak puree rather than adding chopped palak .

sneha kulkarni said...

nice :-)