Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Spinach Pulav - with Brown Basmathi Rice

I got some brown basmathi rice a few weeks back. And I have been waiting to try it, so finally made some pulav for lunch. I didn’t have any coriander at hand, so decided to use fresh baby spinach and some capsicums to make this easy and tasty pulav.


  • Brown Basmathi Rice - 1 and 1/4 cups (soak for 10 min)
  • Spinach – ¾ of a bunch,  chopped with the stems cut off
  • Onion – 1, cut lengthwise
  • Capsicum -1,  diced lenghtwise
  • Carrots -1 diced  into cubes
  • Potato - 1 dices in cubes 
  • Salt – 3-4tespoons

Grind together:

  • Garlic: 8 cloves
  • Dry red chilli - 9
  • Ginger-1/2 inch piece
  • Spinach - handful


  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil/ghee in a pressure cooker.
  • Fry some cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves and some bay leaf.
  • Then add the onions, carrots, capsicum, potato, peas.
  • Drain the soaked rice, and add to the cooker along with the veggies, and fry well.
  • Add ground paste, and fry for a few minutes. 
  • Now add the spinach leaves and salt.
  • Add 1 and 3/4 cups water. (Ratio 1 cup rice=1 ½ cups water)
  • Close the cooker, after the first whistke, pressure cook for 12 min in low flame.
  • Open the cooker, and mix the rice gently. Serve with yogurt raita.

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