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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spinach - Cashew Pulao

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The 'tamalapaku' team has come up with an event where a menu needs to be designed based on the specific ingredients mentioned by them. This edition's menu has to use bottle gourd, okra, spinach, apple and/or banana and wheat flour and/or oats. And I have come up with this menu for the 'Design a Menu' event.

Appetizer: Oats - Lauki Tikki 
Main Course: Palak Pulao ~ Spinach Cashew Pulao, Bhindi Masala, Lauki cooked with Lentils served along with plain rice, rotis and yogurt
Dessert: Apple Basundi 

Today I am posting the recipe for 'Spinach Cashew Pulao' and the rest will be published in the coming posts. 

Ingredients for 2-3 servings:
1 cup Basmati rice
About 1.5 - 2 cups fresh, chopped spinach (I used about 1 cup frozen, chopped spinach)
2 each - onions & tomatoes
1/2 cup peas (optional)
1 green chillie, finely chopped (Optional. I used Serrano Pepper.)
3 cloves + 3 one inch cinnamon pieces + 2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp oil / ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
To powder: 
1/4 cup cashews, 2 tsp coriander seeds, 1/4 cup dried coconut/copra and 3 -4 red chilies

Method:
* Wash the rice in several changes of water & pressure cook adding about 1 & 3/4 cups water. Cool and set aside.
* In the mean time, add the frozen spinach to a bowl and put it in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Skip this step if using fresh spinach.
* Finely grind the ingredients mentioned under 'to powder', without adding water.
* Heat oil / ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Add cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves and toast for few seconds. Then add the onion and green chillie. Fry until onion turns translucent. Next add the tomatoes and cook until it turns mush. Add the thawed spinach / fresh spinach and peas. Cook till spinach is done. Sauté until the mixture is dry. Add the ground powder and fry for a minute.
* Add the cooked rice and salt to the mixture and gently combine.
* Serve with raita or plain yogurt.

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14 comments:

Priya Sreeram said...

interesting combo of flavours ! good one

Kairali sisters said...

pulav looks rich and delicious...

kitchen queen said...

the pulao looks so temting and inviting.

Priya said...

WOw loved ur menu, cant wait to make some apple basundi after reading ur menu..Pulao looks super irresistible,prefect and wonderful..

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

pulao looks so inviting and delicious !!

Harini-Jaya said...

Interesting blend of spices..Thanks for the menu. you may want to send an email. :)

Smitha said...

I too have been adding spinach and methi to one pot meals!
this looks delicious!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Cooks said...

Wow.. healthy and nutritious dish. Love the addition of cashews. yumm.

Torviewtoronto said...

flavourful looks delicious lovely dishes seems like I have missed many of your posts
check out the event food palette series

Shanavi said...

Ur menu sounds delightful, waiting for the upcoming posts..Sure, today's recipe is a healthy and a filling meal

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Delicious looking pulao!!Eagerly waiting for the rest of the specialities in the menu !!

Leena said...

Pulav looks very inviting and delicious...

Sarah said...

lovely menu... and great dish... you have a great blog.

Latha said...

Love spinach in any form and this is my favorite rice. Looks yummy.