A perfect rice delicacy to enjoy the authentic flavours of Northern India, the Lehsuni Palak Chawal is sure to steal your hearts with its pleasant green colour and vibrant flavour. Although this garlicky spinach rice is prepared with minimal ingredients, it has a lingering flavour and strong, spicy aroma. It is easy to prepare, and healthy too, as this recipe goes easy on the fat, thereby improving the absorption of calcium from the spinach.
1/2 cup spinach purée 3 cups cooked rice 1 1/2 tbsp oil 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) 1/2 cup finely chopped onions 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun) 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes 2 tsp green-chilli paste salt to taste
Method 1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds, onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. 2. Add the garlic and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. 3. Add the tomatoes and sauté on a medium flame for another 2 minutes. Add the green-chilli paste, spinach purée, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. 4. Add the rice and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. 5. Serve hot.