Going green!

by Sunita on January 16, 2009

Pulao is something that I make quite often. The versatility of the dish comes in very handy when I want a quick and wholesome one pot meal. And the best thing about it is that one can make it as light or as rich as one wants, vegetarian or non vegetarian; add as many vegetables or just a few; very spicy or mild; want to add some nuts and dried fruits…you can do it any way. I’m sure many of you must have your own favourites and tips.

Although I do make the odd chicken pulao, I usually keep it quite simple and add an assortment of vegetables to mine. The colourful vegetables make the dish very pleasing to the eyes. With today’s spinach-cashew pulao, however, I have taken a bit more effort and added a ground mixture to make it a bit more indulgent than my regular quickie vegetable pulao. The ground greens, nut and spice mixture added a good deal of oomph to the dish, and was, a nice change from the usual.

I have used oil, but if you want to indulge further, you can use ghee or butter instead.

What’s needed-

2C basmati rice,

1 C cubed (small) carrots

1/2 C cubed (small) yellow pepper

salt to taste

3 and 1/2 C water ( may need more later)

2 tblsp of oil

salt to taste

To be ground together to a thick, rough consistency with 3 tblsp of water-

1C spinach leaves

a small bunch of coriander leaves

1/2 C cashew nuts

2 green chillies (or according to taste), halved

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved

For tempering-

1 whole red chilli, halved

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 bay leaves

Spice powders-

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1tsp cumin powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

How to-

  1. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan.
  2. Add the ingredients for tempering. When the seeds begin to sizzle, add the carrots and yellow pepper and stir for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the spinach mixture and stir constantly over medium heat for about a minute.
  4. Add the rice and the powdered spices, salt and stir well, scraping the bottom of the pan to avoid burning. Do this for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the water, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook till the rice is done. If the water gets dissolved before the rice is cooked , add a little more water, a little at a time. On the other hand, if the rice gets cooked before all the water is dissolved, increase the heat and stir till dry.
  6. Remove from heat, cover and let the pulao rest for at least 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with some raita or plain yogurt.

We had ours with some spiced yogurt,

and yes, it was a delightful change from my regular one..loved every bit.

How do you like your pulao?

Enjoy your weekend!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha January 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Oh, that looks delightful.

I love and prefer vegetarian food any day and if it looks like this, I will convert back to herbivore easily! :D

Have a wonderful weekend, we might go shopping for whole dining room set tomorrow, need one. See you on Monday!:))


2 Hélène January 17, 2009 at 12:43 am

Another beautiful recipe that you made!


3 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 7:53 am

Thanks Helene :-)


4 Soma January 17, 2009 at 12:52 am

Thats a neat idea to add the spinach.I have often used coriander mint chutney to pulao, never spinach. I love the Red Shawl or Dupatta ( or whatever) in the picture.


5 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 7:54 am

Thanks Soma, love your idea too :-)


6 sandhiya kannan January 17, 2009 at 4:32 am

I never heard of spinach pulao…i only make dal using spinach…Grinding spinach is very new to me..i’ll try this some time..pic looks tempting


7 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 7:58 am

I make dal with spinach too…this formed a nice change :-)


8 Sunshinemom January 17, 2009 at 5:23 am

Nice one. I do this too but without grinding the cashews . Will try out with them next time!


9 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 7:59 am

I too add whole cashews most of the time…but grinding them gave a wonderful texture to the pulao :-)


10 sushma January 17, 2009 at 5:44 am

Hey Sunita, agree wth u.. i do like to make pulao for my lunch box and my hubby is a big fan of pulav. This is a nice combo..:)


11 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 8:00 am

Thaks Sushma :-)


12 priya January 17, 2009 at 4:36 pm

this pulao looks very tempting…………when i make a tomato putee pulao i like to add some orange zest it gives a nice flavor to the pulao


13 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Thanks Priya…love your tip :-)


14 CurryLeaf January 17, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Wow,Lovely.I add coriander /chutney pulao but never added spinach and the cashew paste idea is yum.Will try it next time.I tried and loved your choc pots thanks.


15 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Thaks CL and do give the pulao a try…glad you enjoyed the chocolate pots :-)


16 grace January 17, 2009 at 9:04 pm

you’ve created one heck of a hearty side dish here–it’d go with just about anything!


17 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Thanks Grace :-)


18 Nazarina A January 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Inspiringly beautiful and delicious Pulao and so beautifully presented!


19 Sunita January 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Thanks Nazarina :-)


20 Sig January 18, 2009 at 1:10 am

That looks delicious Sunita! Hope you are having a great weekend!


21 Sunita January 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Sig…hope you enjoyed your weekend :-)


22 musical January 18, 2009 at 7:26 am

Just finished dinner and saw this! The picture of yogurt on pulaav is yummilicious :) .


23 Sunita January 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Hi Musical…hope you’re doing well :-)


24 Happy Cook January 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm

This pulao looks so yummy.
I love spinach, and hubby dislike it.
So i can just drool here.


25 Sunita January 19, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Thankfully, we are all spinach lovers :-)


26 Nirmala January 19, 2009 at 3:44 am

This pulao looks simple and delicious Sunita! Looks wonderful with the curds drizzled!


27 Sunita January 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Thaks Nirmala :-)


28 Raaga January 19, 2009 at 4:40 am


I love green pulao. I make it like this: http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/06/cauliflower-peas-pulao.html

And the spinach version is like this: http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2007/05/corn-and-spinach-rice.html

I absolutely love both… in fact I love all pulaos :-) This looks very pretty to me.


29 Sunita January 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Raaga for your versions, one can never have enough :-)


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