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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Palak rice

I was surfing Archana's Kitchen for recipes .I came across this simple recipe of Palak rice. I surfed on other food blogs as well.Everyone seemed to have their own version. I decided to do my own version as there are no limits to my laziness. You would have already realised this, by going through my recipes.

I made palak rice in pressure cooker.I simply pureeed palak without chopping it with ginger, green chillies & kadi patta ( for that South Indian touch ) !

Ingredients : 1--1.5 cups washed & unchopped palak, 1 cup tukda or broken basmati , 1/2 " cinnamon stick broken into two or three pieces, 1 bay leaf, 2 small poatoes deeeled & sliced roughly, 1 medium onion roughly sliced, 2 green chillies roughly chopped, 1/2' inch ginger roughly chopped, few curry leaves, 1/2 tsp jeera, 1 bada elaichi chilka  cut into smaller pieces, 1/4 tsp garam masala, 1/4tsp hing, 1/4 tsp haldi, 1 tbsp oil, 1-2 tsp lemon juice, salt to taste.

Method : Wash the rice & keep aside.In the mixer, take the washed palak, curry leaves, ginger & green chillies.

Add 1/4 cup  water & puree it nicely.Keep aside.

In a pressure pan , take the oil.Put on the gas & heat the pressure pan with oil in it. Add jeera.When they splutter add cinnamon stick pieces followed by badi elaichi chilka. After the spices start giving aroma,add sliced onions.Saute the onions till they start turning brown on the edges.Add sliced potatoes.Saute them Add haldi & hing.Mix nicely. Add rice & fry all the rice with onions & potatoes & spices. After 2-3minutes, add the pureed palak mixture to the pan.Mix the rice ,palak puree,onions & potatoes nicely. Add salt. Add garam masala. Mix nicely,Add one more cup water as the palak puree was nearly 1 cup water.Cover the pressure pan lid.Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Put off gas. Cool. Remove whistle.After 5-10 minutes.Open the lid.The spinach rice is ready.Squeeze a piece of lemon.Lightly fluff up the rice .Serve it with roasted papads, raita, achar ...endless possibilities !

I use spices in small quantities as I love subtle tastes.My family prefers it this way.If you want stronger taste of spices, add more amounts accordingly.In some palak rice recipes, mint as also coriander was used. Some added peas as well.I felt that mint would interfere with palak taste. I had no peas so skipped adding them. I added potatoes as potatoes go well with palak  a I added kadipattas as I had them & they add to the nutrition by their iron content.

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