Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spinach/ Palak Rice

I am unable to resist another entry to Monthly Mingle #33 - Ravishing Rice Recipes event at Edible Garden. We love Palak/ Spinach at home, and it features at least twice a week on the menu. In case I am too lazy to make Palak Paratha or Aloo Palak or Dal Palak or plain Palak subji, I make Palak Rice. The main advantage is I need not make any side dish separately to go with this; curd or papad or pickle or coconut chutney will go really well with it. What's more, if you have leftover rice, this is more easy to prepare.


To make the Palak Rice seen in the picture, you will need:

Rice - cooked - 2 cups 
Spinach/ Palak - chopped -4 cups
Onion - chopped - 1
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 1 tsp
Garlic - peeled and pounded - 1 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds powder - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Pepper - 1/4 tsp

Water - 1/2 cup (only if required)

Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste



Method:

  • Keep cooked rice ready
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions, ginger and garlic
  • Once the onions are cooked and light brown, add all powders except garam masala and pepper and stir well
  • Add the chopped palak and mix well and leave to cook covered and on low flame for 3-5 minutes
  • Palak will have given out water and at this stage, add the cooked rice, garam masala and pepper and mix well
  • Keep on flame for another 3 minutes and turn off heat

Note: If you wish to add water to make the rice softer like I do, add water while adding the rice, and wait for the water to dry



Serve as is or with any of the options mentioned above

This is my second entry to Monthly Mingle #33 - Ravishing Rice Recipes event. Monthly Mingle is an event started by Meeta

46 comments:

Priti said...

Umm interesting dear n looks just yum..nice entry

Gita's Kitchen said...

Very healthy and yummy rice :)

Parita said...

Wow this is healthy dish..nice entry..first time here..good to see fellow blogger from mumbai :) m too from mumbai..

Trupti said...

looks delicious, healthy

Pavithra said...

very healthy and loooking yummy!

Priya said...

Looks fabulous!!!healthy rice..

Vaishali said...

I absolutely love rice dishes that incorporate other veggies, and spinach is a real bonus. This sounds so flavorful, Shreya. Wish I could have this for dinner tonight.

Laavanya said...

Palak rice is something I'm yet to try - sounds yummy.

Superchef said...

this is so easy and so very healthy too!!

Nags said...

Thanks for another entry Shreya. I would probably try adding whole shallots to this dish. Have you tried that?

Valarmathi said...

Healthy and delicious.

Shreya said...

Thank you Priti, Gita, Parita, Trupti, Pavithra, Priya, Vaishali, Laavanya, Superchef, Valarmathi.

Nags, I have not yet tried it with whole shallots, but next time I make this dish, I sure will:-)

Uma said...

delicious and healthy palak rice. Looks great :)

Sig said...

Looks great Shreya, did you use brown rice or did you get that color from the spices? It looks lovely!

Shreya said...

Thank you Uma and Sig.
Sig, regarding the colour of the rice, it comes from the garam masala and the pepper added towards the end, and not from brown rice.

notyet100 said...

this looks delicious,..

Vaishali said...

Hi Shreya, just wanted to reply to your question about the jaggery in the patia--- it is actually a necessary ingredient even in the non-vegan version and is not something I added to reduce the bitterness of the tofu. The dish actually doesn't taste overwhelmingly sweet at all-- the flavors balance out nicely. But by all means you can experiment by adding a smaller amount of jaggery and then adjusting it to your taste. Hope that helps :)

Purva Desai said...

This looks refreshing and comfort food....

Cynthia said...

This is a dish I can eat by itself or with a little dal everyday and never get tired of it.

Divya Vikram said...

I made a similar spinach rice. looks delicious n healthy

My Experiments with Cooking said...

Palak rice sounds good. Never tried this. New to food blogging and nice to come to your page.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This is a great way to make my son eat spinach,will definitely try this one,starred and kept!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

yummy, I always make a paste of the spinach and cook with the rice!!! this seems like a great dish shall try your version soon!!!

Rush said...

palak it is forsure tonite!!

homecooked said...

Hmm...nice and healthy!

SriLekha said...

wow! my fav dsh it looks perfect

Priti said...

Babe, posted the ice cream ...check it out ;)n Hope you are well now...dnt tell me u r sick tht's why not in blogsphere!

Srivalli said...

thats one interesting rice..looks like lot of them is getting cooked..:))

Anisheetu said...

Wow wonderful... looks tasty... thanks for sharing... Collect your award from award section of my blog..

Rekha said...

Looks healthy and tasty too..would love to try this out.

Rekha said...

Looks healthy and tasty too..would love to try this out.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow that looks yum...flavourful combo...

Valarmathi said...

Looks healthy and tasty. Good one.

Juliana said...

This rice dish sound and looks delicious...with all the spice in it. Yummie!

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Usha said...

Lovely combination, looks yum !

Purva Desai said...

Love the colour of the rice....looks tempting

Vaishali said...

Hi Shreya, Hope you're enjoying your break. Just wanted to drop a note to see how you're doing-- I've missed you.

Mary said...

Hi Shreya, you have a lovely blog... Great dish with two of my favorite combination-palak and rice. I will surely try. Looking forward to more recipes.

Vijitha Shyam said...

A healthy rice dish. Looks so good. Gotta try it for sure.

Nithya said...

Looks yummm... nice tempting dish with lovely pics.

Nice blog on the whole. Here for the first time and sure would be here often.

Cris said...

This looks wonderful and I have all ingredients here, including the masala that hubby brought from India... will have this for dinner! Take care and thanks for the beautiful and yummy recipe.

Suma Rajesh said...

looks superb..its healthy and loks tempting

Priti said...

Thanks for the wishes gal...hope to see u soon here again :)

Shri said...

This is a great rice dish,Shreya!It is very yummy!

atsie said...

hey.. thanks for sharing, its very interesting :)
looks very yummy :)