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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Spinach Biryani

          This is a wholesome and a nutritious meal with the goodness of spinach. Very easy and simple to make, they can be had with raita, pickles or just plain roasted papad. Do try this delicious one-pot meal when time is a constraint and when you want something healthy. So follow a step by step method with photos to prepare it.

  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice, soaked for 1/2 hour
  • 3 tbsp. ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1" cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bunch spinach, washed & chopped roughly
  • 1" ginger
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • fried onions, tomato wedges, lemon wedges & fried cashews to garnish (opt)

          Make a puree with of the spinach with ginger and green chilies with 1/4 cup water. Keep aside.

          Heat the ghee and temper with bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and cumin seeds. saute for a few seconds.

          Add the onion and fry till light brown. Now add the soaked and drained rice and saute for 1-2 minutes.

          Add the pureed spinach, salt, turmeric powder and garam masala powder and continue to saute for 1-2 minutes.

          Add 1 and 1/2  cups water and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles. Garnish with fried onions, tomato wedges, lemon wedges and fried cashews. Serve along with some raita, pickle or papad.

                   Temper the ghee with bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and cumin 
                    seeds. Then add onions and saute.

                                Add the rice and fry for 1-2 minutes.

                  Add the pureed spinach, salt, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. 
                  Saute, add water and pressure cook.

                                Serve, garnished with raita, pickles or papad.

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