Palak Pulao

palak pulao

Palak pulao, the name itself is mouth-watering. Treat yourself with this dish, using a generous serving of onion raita and or coconut chutney.

Do you know that palak (spinach) has constituents like manganese and copper? These help in maintaining the bone health. Among others, palak is rich in vitamin A too.

With the palak pulao recipe that follows, prepare palak pulav and reap its benefits.

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Servings: Three


1. Rice 1 cup
2. Oil 1 tablespoon
3. Ghee 1 tablespoon
4. Onion 1 medium
5. Potato 1 medium
6. Fresh peas 1-2 tablespoon
7. Tomato 1
8. Water 2 cups
9. Salt to taste
10. Lemon juice to taste

Masala for Palak Pulao:

1. Palak (spinach) 2 small bunches
2. Fresh coriander leaves 1/2 small bunch
3. Green chilies 4-5
4. Cinnamon about 1" piece
5. Cloves 3-4
6. Cashew whole 6-8
7. Ginger small piece

How to make Palak Pulao?

1. Clean and wash the palak leaves.

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2. Bring to boil about 1/4 cup of water.

Add palak leaves and cook for about 2 minutes.

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3. Remove the palak from the stock and keep aside to cool.

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Use the stock, as it contains nutrients, to cook rice.
4. Grind cooked palak leaves with the rest of the masala ingredients to a smooth paste.

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5. Chop potato, onion and tomato, each separately.

Keep aside.
6. Heat oil and ghee in a utensil.

Add chopped onions.

Fry till the onions turn to golden brown.

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7. Add potato pieces and fry for one minute.

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8. Add rice and fry for one minute.

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9. Add chopped tomatoes and fry for one minute.

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10. Add ground masala paste and fry for two minutes.

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11. Boil two cups of water in a separate vessel.

Add the boiling water, peas and salt to the mixture. Mix.

Transfer the mixture into a pressure cooker.

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Bring the mixture to boil. Mix.
12. Cover the cooker with its lid.

Insert the weight when the steam begins to come out.

Cook until the cooker whistles once or cook according to your cooking preference.

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13. Remove the lid after there is no pressure.

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Wait for 1-2 minutes.
14. Add lemon juice and mix.

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Palak pulao is ready. Serve palak pulao with tomato-onion raita.

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TIPS How to make Palak Pulao?
1. You can use a pressure cooker for the entire cooking, instead of a utensil.