Its a first day of the New Year!! Wishing all my blog readers a very Happy New Year!
Has it ever been the case that you are wondering that I need to eat something different? You want to get a change from the routine? But at the same time want it to be simple…
A few days ago this is what my state of mind was. It was rainy and cloudy outside on a weekend, didn’t feel like eating outside, so ended up scavenging my refrigerator to find something to cook quick. Found loads of unused spinach. Now that shows how much I love eating spinach :-). Always try to get away from it. This time thought of using it as my main ingredient for making a Pulav & enhancing its taste by adding Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) as the other ingredient. So ended up with something different and rich in iron too :-).
Doesn’t take too long to cook. Sharing it with you all to try it out.
Finely Chopped Spinach – 2 cups
Basmati Rice – 1 cup (washed and soaked in water)
Paneer – 7 oz (thaw it completely. Cut into cubes of size you desire)
1 Medium sized Tomato (finely chopped)
1 small red Onion (finely chopped)
1 tbsp ginger (grated)
1 tsp garlic (grated)
1 tsp green chillies (finely chopped)
2 tbsp yogurt (whisked & @ room temperature)
2 tbsp Oil
1 cinnamon stick
2 Large cardamom
2 Bay leaves
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
2 tbsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Red Chili Powder to taste
1 tbsp Kitchen King Masala (optional)
- Cook the rice separately (in a rice cooker or boiling it) and let it to cool down.
- In a pan sprinkle some oil and roast the Paneer cubes till golden brown on both sides.
- In a wok add the oil. Once its heated add the dry spices cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick.
- Once they start to splatter, add ginger, garlic and green chilies. Saute it till light brown.
- Then add in the finely chopped onion. Saute the onions till they turn golden brown in color.
- Now add in coriander powder, turmeric powder & red chili powder. Roast this for a minute or so.
- Now toss in the tomatoes & spinach cook till the oil leaves the sides.
- Once this is cooked add in the yogurt & salt to taste and simmer it for 2 minutes.
- Turn of the gas stove. Add in the roasted Paneer & cooked rice and toss it in the mixture lightly.
- Sprinkle some Kitchen King Masala and mix well.
The Pulav is ready to be savored :-). Bon Appetite!
- This Pulav could be eaten just by itself as it isn’t too dry
- Savor this with plain Yogurt or any kind of Raita