Friday, February 13, 2009


Recently i have been trying to recreate the dishes that i ate during my college days.Palak rice is one among many such dishes.It brings back the nostalgic memories of my good old college days.I prepared the rice in coconut milk instead of plain water and then mixed in the paste made of spinach,coriander leaves and green chillies.It was truly delicious.It tasted close to the one i ate in manipal.It tastes great on its own but one prefers a side dish then a spicy fish curry or lijjat pappad is the best combo.

Basmati rice - 1 cup
Chopped ginger - 2 tsp
Chopped garlic - 2 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1/2 of a small stick
Canned coconut milk - 1 cup
water - 2 cups
Ghee - 2 tsp
oil - 2 tsp
shredded coconut - 1 tbsp, to garnish
salt to taste

For Grinding:-

Spinach - A whole bunch
Cilantro - A small bunch
green chillies - 4 nos


Wash , clean and soak the rice for about 15-20 mins.Grind the required ingredients and keep aside.Mix the canned coconut with 2 cups of water and keep aside.
Heat a large deep pan on medium.Add ghee and oil.When it gets slightly hot add ginger,garlic and cinnamon stick.Saute for a few seconds and then add the rice.Saute that for about 2-3 mins and then add the coconut milk mixed in water.Add salt.Leave it uncovered.Let it come to a boil and cook until 3/4 th of the water evaporates.Ones it comes to a boil keep stirring it frequently.After most of the water evaporates slowly stir in the spinach,cilantro and green chilli paste little by little.Remove from flame and garnish it with shredded coconut.Serve it warm with lijjat pappad or spicy fish curry or like me eat it just like that.


Asha said...

So green and gorgeous! Should have waited until somebody comes up with Green event, looks perfect! :))

Any V day sweets? I don't care much about V day but cooking for Haryanvi dishes,so might make a dessert! :D

ranji said...

Thank u asha!!!I know ..but i just couldnt resist posting this :)..
I am planning to make HC's chocolate cranberry cookies and tutty fruity cake from creative saga...and maybe chocolate mousse too:)...

Happy cook said...

Looks so beautiful.
Like asha said i love the colour too.
Hi hi just read your abswer to Asha, good luch with the cookies.
Mine is all finished :-(

Chitra said...

Hi,as every body said it is greeny gorgeous!!have bookmarked it!!

Cham said...

Oh so pretty and delicous way to eat green Ranji!
Happy V Day :)

Ashwini said...

wow gorgeous color..Love the tste of this rice...Have a Happy Valentines weekend

meeso said...

Wow, this looked good but when I read the ingredients I had to bookmark it!

Roopa said...

Wow Ranji !! Such a healthy greeeen color :) I had made coriander rice similarly, but yet to try with spinach, looking forward to make this healthy dish :) V will be coming from office only tomorrow evening :( tomorrow being V day I guess we will have to celebrate only the evening time :( though its saturday!

Vij said...

Hey Ranchi! Such lovely green rice. Healthy one too. Looks nice.

Priya said...

Wow greenish rice looks tooo delicious, eyecatching colour n healthy dish:)

Divya Kudua said...

Yummy palak rice Ranji..and I love the going green with;-)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Lovely looking rice. Loved the deep green color of the rice. Nice recipe. YUM1

Belated Valentine's Day!!!!!

Suma Rajesh said...

this looks very attrative ..will try this sure for smera..she love palak a lot...nice presentation and i can imagine the plate full of ur rice with fish curry...hmm its hevenly..

Anonymous said...

ranji dear..
this is a sure nominee for "GO GREEN & BE HEALTHY". a new rice recipie for me and a must try for rice lovers..

Jagruti said...

Hey Ranji

just steeped down from the other blogroll...palak rice looks very colourful and tempting..nice blog with good dishes..:))following you

cheers and visit if you can

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