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Spinach Pulav (Palak Pulav)

This recipe is inspired by other Spinach-Coriander Pulav recipe. I made this yesterday morning to take in our lunch box. It came out really well. We both are not big fans of spinach taste, but I like to use it frequently because it is very healthy. This pulav masks the taste of it, which we loved.

I used red and yellow bellpeppers(capsicums) in this instead of green ones because of their mild taste. You can use any of your usual pulav vegetables.

Ingredients:
2 cups basmati rice
2 cups vegetables (red & yellow bellpeppers, potatoes, carrot, cauliflower, green beans, green peas)
1 tea spn cumin seeds
2 cardamoms
4 cloves
2 bay leaves
2″ cinnamon
Ghee
1/2 cup onion
Salt

Paste (grind to a smooth paste)-
2 cups spinach(palak)
1/4 cup coriander leaves
2 tea spns ginger
1 tea spn garlic
1 tea spn coriander-cumin powder
6 green chillies

Method:
Heat ghee and add cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves. When cumin starts popping, add onion and all other vegetables and fry for about 2 minutes.
Now add paste, rice, salt and fry again for 2-3minutes. Add 3 and 1/2 cups of water and let it cook on medium heat(Transfer the pan on a tava to give extra thickness). When all water is absorbed, reduce the heat to low and let it cook for another 10mins, in this time, the rice finishes cooking in the steam.
Serve hot with raita.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 60mins

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{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Rujuta February 21, 2010, 12:21 am

    Dear Shilpa

    Lovely recipe and great click
    I m a big fan of rice so will try this one immediately
    ALso, it is very colorful……green of spinach and red and yellow of bell peppers…..

  • sudha borkar February 21, 2010, 9:33 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    yesterday I could not go thro’ ur site as there was some technical error.going thro’ aayi’s recipe has become a part of my daily routine and yesterday I was missing it.
    spinach pulao looks very attractive.will surely give it a try .
    sudha borkar

    • Shilpa February 21, 2010, 10:07 pm

      Yes, the site had some issues yesterday, we spent today entire day trying to get it working again. It is fine now.

  • navya February 22, 2010, 8:35 am

    u can try this using pudina(mint leaves) also ,,instead of palak,, even that comes out very well

  • Y February 22, 2010, 11:57 am

    Wonderful! recipe. I will try it out this weekend. No one at home likes spinach. In this way atleast, we will all enjoy it :-)

  • expression February 25, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Looks very delicious and yummy and very healthy.will have to try .Thanks for sharing.

  • Eman January 13, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Hi Shilpa! I just wanted to say I love your site! I have married an Indian (although I am not Indian myself) and he loves all the food I make from your site! Especially this dish! Thanks! :)

  • Darshita March 7, 2013, 12:48 pm

    wow…
    Yummy recipe.
    looks very delicious.

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