Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Spicy & Healthy Palak Pulao

I came up with this recipe based on several that I read online and also used part of my mom's recipe for cauliflower pulao. I was also inspired by Sindhu's methi pulao to try and make something different with palak. The trick is to add as much palak as you can and make people eat it without knowing that it is healthy:)


  1. Red Onion - 1 large chopped finely

  2. Garlic - 4-5 pods

  3. Ginger - 2 inch piece

  4. Green chillies - 7/8

  5. Palak - 2 packs of fresh of 1 pack frozen (thawed)

  6. Potato - 1 cubed

  7. Carrots - 2 big roughly chopped

  8. Beans - 1 cup chopped

  9. Peas - 1 cup

  10. Olive oil - 2tsps

  11. Cardomom whole - 5/6

  12. Cloves - 5/6

  13. Bay Leaf - 1

  14. Jeera Dhania powder - 1 tsp

  15. Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

  16. Curd - 1/2 cup beaten'

  17. Basmati rice - 2 cups

  18. Water - 4 cups

  19. Salt


  1. Heat olive oil and add the bay leaf, cardomom and cloves and let them turn a little brown

  2. Add the onions and sautee until they turn brown

  3. Make a paste out of the ginger, garlic, green chillies and salt

  4. Add this paste to the onions and sautee until the raw smell goes away

  5. Add the potatoes, carrot and beans and sautee until the edges brown

  6. Add the peas and palak and let the palak wilt down

  7. Add the rice and mix it up well with the veggies

  8. Add the jeera dhania powder, red chilli powder and curd and mix it well with the veggies and rice

  9. Add the water and let the whole thing cook until rice is soft. Or just dump it all in a rice cooker and let it cook. Enjoy hot with raita!

1 comment:

Vinitha said...

Wooow Smita....good going...more n more healthy recipes...I have been a little busy at work and have been neglecting my blog....should get going......