Feb 3, 2013

Palak pulao with paneer and peas- spinach rice with cottage cheese and peas

     Rice varieties are a great saviour nowadays. Its becoming a little difficult managing the house chores along with the baby. But its fun too as I try to spend lot of time with the kids.
     So one of these days, I made this mixed rice variety when I was debating whether to make some cumin rice and palak paneer as a side dish. But with the little time I had in hand, I decided to combine both of them. It became easier to feed my kid too as he is a really fussy eater, and this way I could make him eat spinach which otherwise he would have avoided. I served with some curd and chips.
palak paneer and peas rice recipe

Basmati rice- 2 cups cooked
Spinach- a bunch properly washed
Onion- 1 chopped
Tomato- 1 chopped
Ginger garlic green chilly paste - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1tsp
Turmeric powder-1tsp
Salt to taste
Bay leaf-1
Cardamom seeds-3-4
Cinnamon-a small piece
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
Paneer/cottage cheese-1 cup

Wash and blanch the spinach. Purée it to a smooth paste.
Grind the onion and tomato to a smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds along with bayleaves, cardamom and cloves. When it crackles, add the ginger garlic green chilly paste followed by the onion tomato paste. Add the turmeric powder and salt and cook till the gravy is well cooked.
Next add the spinach, mix well. Add the panner and peas and mix everything together.Close the lid and allow it to cook till the gravy thickens.
When the gravy thickens and is well cooked, add the cooked rice and mix well with the gravy.
spinach and cheese rice recipe

Serve hot with some raita and papads.
 You can add some garam masala while cooking the gravy for more flavour and tatse.
 Try adding some cooked chick peas instead of paneer and peas.Tastes good.
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