Palak & Pudhina Pulao

Ingredients:

Palak (Spinach) 1 Bunch
Mint Leaves 1 Bunch
Green Chillies 2
Cumin seeds 1 Tsp.
Onions 1 (Sliced)
Turmeric 1/4th Tsp.
Cardamom 3 pods
Cinnamon 2 sticks
Bay Leaf 1
Ginger An inch
Garlic 2-3 cloves
Rice 1 cup
Water 1 ½ Cup
Red Chilli Powder 1 Tsp.
Salt To Taste
Garam masala 1 Tsp.
Paneer (Optional) 100 Gms. (Cubed)
Capsicum 1 (Sliced)
Ghee 2 Tbsp.

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Method:

  • Wash and soak rice for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  • To a mixer jar add washed pudhina and palak leak leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Grind it to a smooth paste by adding just few drops of water.
  • To a pressure cooker, add ghee, cumin seeds, whole spices and onions. Sauté for a minute.
  • Add Turmeric, sliced bell peppers and stir well.
  • Add the green paste and cook for few minutes until raw smell goes off.
  • Add 1 ½ cup of water, salt to taste, red chilli powder, garam masala stir and bring it to a boil.
  • Add soaked rice and paneer. Pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Serve Hot.

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Tips & Variations:

  • Tastes best when made with basmati rice or any variety of long grin rice.
  • Replace rice with Quinoa to make it healthier.
  • Feel free to add vegetables likes carrots, potatoes, beans or even corn and peas to enhance the flavour and give more colour to the dish.
  • Replace Ghee with Coconut oil and Paneer with Tofu to make the Dish Vegan.

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