Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Palak(Spinach) Rice

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Spinach is my favorite variety among all greens.So I try to include it atleast once a week in my diet in some or the other form.This is one more variety of rice which is very easy to prepare and best for packing lunch boxes and here comes the recipe.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Basmati rice/Normal rice
1 Big bunch of Spinach,cleaned and washed thoroughly
5-6 green chillies

3/4 cup fresh/frozen Peas or soaked dry Peas

1/2 cup Soya chunks,soaked in water

1 big Onions finely sliced

1 tbsp
Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tsp readymade Biryani masala(can be replaced by 1/2 tsp Garam masala )
3-4 cloves

1 " cinnamon stick
2 Bay leaves

1 tsp jeera

1 tbsp Oil

1 tbsp Butter

Salt to taste


Method:
  • Wash the rice a couple of times and soak it in water for 20-30 mins.
  • Soak Soya chunks in warm water for 10-15 mins.Squeeze out the extra water and keep it aside
  • Drop spinach and green chillies in boiling water and cook it for 2-3 minutes and drain it using a strainer.Run this immediately under cold running water in order to retain its luscious green color.Cool the greens and blend it into a nice smooth puree.Measure the quantity of spinach puree.
  • Heat oil and butter in cooker,add jeera,cloves,cinnamon,bay leaves and fry for a minute.
  • Add finely sliced onion,ginger-garlic paste and fry until the onions turn light brown in color.Add peas and fry until it starts changing its color.
  • Add spinach puree and fry for a couple of minutes and add biryani masala, soya chunks and fry for a minute.
  • Now add soaked and drained rice to it and give a stir carefully.
  • Add enough water to it in the ratio of 1 : 1 3/4(rice:water) including the measure of spinach puree in it and add enough salt and boil for a minute and cover it with the cooker lid and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.You can even cook for 1 whistle and cook on low flame for 8-10 minutes which makes the rice granules separate.
Serve it hot with Onion raitha.Note:

  • For a Vegan version avoid butter and use oil for tempering.

50 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

wow prathiba such a nice presentation...looks so good...

jayasree said...

What a gorgeous presentation... i admire ur patience to get it done.
Loved the way u have retained the green color.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Wow - awesome palak rice... The color is amazing.... Lovely presentation too...

littletastebuds said...

one of my fav rice.This looks delicious.

Varunavi said...

Looks colourful partibha,good presentation.:)

Vrinda said...

Very colorful rice and nice presentation...

Gita said...

love your presentation dear :) I too love spinach rice...I have to try your version with soya chunks soon, looks so yummy :)

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks lovely, nice presentation.

chakhlere said...

Wow lovely Presentation!!
And what a coincidence!
I also made palak rice yesterday!

Padma said...

Nice presentation Prathibha and healthy rice :)

Ann said...

The presentation is totally professional..SImply superb and no doubt nutrition packed ..!!

Sanghi said...

That's a lovely display. Presented well, bright green rice. Looks yummy!

Avisha said...

Hi,
New to your blog,loved your recipe.Spinach is my favorite too.

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! Fabulous!!!
Superb presentation dear!!!

Rush said...

looks real colourful and nice and as usual, ur decor is great

Laavanya said...

That looks pretty and sounds delish - love the addition of soy chunks.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow what a protein rich rice with palak and soya chunks mmmmm yummmy nice color and presentation.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow what a protein rich rice with palak and soya chunks mmmmm yummmy nice color and presentation.

Ann said...

UMMM.. healthy recipe and looks so good.

kittymatti said...

loved the presentation!

DEESHA said...

nice decoration with this .. nice spinach rice recipe

Pooja said...

What an awesome presentation Prathibha! The rice looks delicious! Nutritious dish!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! awesome presentation ..Lovely palak rice

KavyaNaimish said...

wat a coincidence...I too made Palak Pulavo sterday....urs luks gud...presentation is superbbbb

Srilakshmi said...

I'm as bad as kids in eating greens. This recipe is interesting. Beautiful presentation, with the kind of patience I have - I would have given up half way through :-D

Ashwini said...

lovely presentation... looks perfect yummyyy

Varsha Vipins said...

Great decor Pratibha..looks elegant..:)

Smitha said...

I love spinach too Prathy. That presentation is too good.

Valarmathi said...

Wow very colorful. Looks so yummy and healthy.

LG said...

Nice presentation dear. Spinach rice indeed tastes good as I have tasted it at a friend's place. I am yet to try it out.

Pavithra said...

Wow looking so yummy and awesome presentation dear..looks like pineapple in one angle and xmas tree in another angle... keep going.. color of rice is really tempting prathy///

Suparna said...

hey prathiba,
Lovely presentation!! First time I'm seeing so many healthy ingredients included to make a flavourful dish!! it looks unbeatable.
TC

Sush said...

Full marks for your presentation. How much time did you spend for it? Good job

Raaga said...

I wish I could decorate food the way you do!

This spinach rice is great!

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely presentation...healthy rice

Vani said...

Nice presentatin, Pratibha! Nice to see your ;pictures too ;)

sangi said...

wat a click dear!looks fabulous!

Tasty said...

Such a healthy and delicious dish..and very well presented!!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

oh ya, totally gud forpacking lunch boxes..its yum

Preety said...

that's a beautiful presentation dear

Red Chillies said...

Looks healthy and pretty green.

Chitra said...

Nicely presented..I too tried once from mangala's blog..:)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo wht a beautiful presentation...good work dear..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...love the arrangement and color...looks yummmy....

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for your lovely words..

Parita said...

Thats fantastic presentation pratibha!! lovely!

Sree vidya said...

The pics in your blog look awesome.
Very neatly done.

Faiza Ali said...

wooooow ! nice presentation dear. And yeah, now I know what to do with the Soya chunks I have in my pantry ;)

DRY GROUNDNUT CHUTNEY said...

Hey Prathiba,

Lovely presentation and a nice click. U have a lot of patience for the same. I am prathiba from The indian food court.

Shravani said...

Presentation is mind blowing!!!!

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