Winter is here again. Or at least it is back home. While most people up north are celebrating it with ‘saag’ and ‘makki ki roti’ I must conjure up some other green recipes of my own in order to compensate.
Found this recipe for Spinach Rice years ago in our very own Tarla Dalal’s cookbook. The husband loves it and its not too much hassle so I love it too.
Recipe for Spinach Rice
For the Spinach Mix :
Onion 1 – sliced
Ghee – 1 spoon
Bundles of Spinach – 2
Potato 1 (if desired)
Rice – 2 cups
Green Peas – 1 cup
Prepping the Spinach Mix :
Take a spoonful of ghee and caramelize the onions in it for 5 minutes. Add the spinach, chilies and potato and cook for 7-10 minutes. Keep aside.
For the coriander Mix :
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Half a bundle of coriander
Sugar 1 tsp
Coconut – shredded 2 tbsp (optional – since I never have this at home)
Prepping the Coriander Mix :
Put it all in a grinder with a little water and churn into a brilliant green paste.
Putting it together :
Add 2 and a 1/2 cups of water to your 2 cups rice and let them soak for about 1/2 an hour.
Put on a flame till half cooked.
Remove from the flame and add the coriander mix to it.
Put the Spinach mix back on the flame and add the Coriander mix laden half cooked rice to it.
Add the cup full of green peas to it.
Add salt ( remember that you have already put salt in the coriander mix).
Transfer into a bakeware dish and put an aluminium foil over it.
Put it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees C.
And then dinner is served!