June 13, 2011

Palak & Chana Pulao


After an overdose of all things mango, I made this over the weekend ...  A simple Pulao with spinach & chickpeas ..

This is very simple to make, you don't even have to add chickpeas, I did because I had some leftover cooked chickpeas on hand & I didn't have any green peas in the pantry. But I loved the addition of chickpeas anyways .. And, I love the fresh green color that spinach lends ... Take a look

Palak & Chana Pulao

You Will Need:
  • 4 bunches of spinach -
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas - soaked overnight or for 6 hrs
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 4 green chillies
  • 2 onions - sliced lengthwise
  • 3 -4 cloves
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Desi Ghee
  • Garlic - 3 cloves
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
How To:
  • Wash basmati rice in several changes of water. Soak in water & set aside for 30 mins. Meanwhile, wash & clean spinach. Chop finely & blanch along with green chillies. Once cool, grind into a smooth paste along with ginger & garlic.
  • Pressure cook chickpeas with a little bit of salt & set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, Heat a tsp of desi ghee, add drained basmati rice & saute until aromatic. Add 1 1/4 cups of water & pressure cook. Once cool,  spread rice on a wide plate & set aside to cool
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add bay leaves, cloves & cinnamon. Add chopped onions & saute until they turn pink. To this add cooked chickpeas & add spinach paste & some salt. Cook on low flame for about 5 mins.
  • To this, add cooked rice, Garam Masala & mix well. Let it stand on low flame for about 5 mins for the flavours to absorb. Keep tossing in between so that the bottom doesn't get burnt
  • Add lemon juice & check for salt again. Give it a gentle mix.
  • Let it stand for about 5 mins.

Transfer to a serving bowl .. Serve with raita .. Enjoi !!!

NOTE: I am obsessed with making rice first & then mixing it with the prepared gravy .. But you can go ahead and add uncooked rice, water & pressure cook until  done :) Its a lot more easier, I just don't know, why I can't get myself to do it ...

23 comments:

Panna Malwinna said...

Your blog is great! This dish looks yummy;)

DEESHA said...

Hey, Thanks

Krithi's Kitchen said...

This is my favorite lunch-box recipe.. simple and satisfying...

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Sobha Shyam said...

simple, colourful and delicious rice..liked adding chana

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, looks perfect. I am not obsessive with mixing gravy with cooked rice, but I prefer that :)

Ramya Bala said...

Perfect rice dish and it looks wonderful deepthi :)

Gulmohar said...

Beautiful rice ! I was just thinking about how to incorporate more greens in different ways in my kids' diet and here you are :-)

Priya said...

Flavourful rice, love this spinach and channa combo,fabulous dish..

Paaka Shaale said...

The rice looks gorgeous Deesha!!! Loved the green colour :)

sowmya's creative saga said...

i do make spinach rice..addition of chickpeas is wonderful...

Vardhini said...

Healthy and tasty. Could you send this to my "Dish it Out" event?

Vardhini
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Pulao looks very delicious and inviting. Wonderful snaps.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wonderful it looks,nice combo!

Prathibha said...

Thats a healthy n tempting pulav Deesha...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow awesome combination with spinach and channa sure a healthy one pot meal..Btwn I have the same bowl too but in white :)

Hari Chandana said...

Perfect and healthy pulao.. lovely presentation as usual :)
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Vegetarian Zest said...

The pulav looks attractive and healthy too.

Radhika said...

that's a very healthy combo. beautiful presentation.

Madhura Manoj said...

Nice combo.. Love the green colour. Healthy & delicious.
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Priti said...

Looks just delish ...two of my fav things ...

Nitha said...

great combo.. lovely pic..

masini second said...

Hmmm this seems to be a great recipe and for sure very delicious, so i think i will give it a try. Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

arthi said...

visiting your blog after a very long break because of my finger injury..delicious and healthy pulao..I am happy to invite you to participate in our "Quick and Easy recipe mela".http://www.spicytasty.com/misc/quick-and-easy-recipe-mela/