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Fragrant Spinach Palav
from Asha Kumar -Detroit, Michigan, USA

This palav consists of a lovely combination of rice and spinach, mixed with herbs and spices.

Serves 2 - 4 for lunch

  • 1 cup Basmati rice ( available in Indian stores)
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach - preferably fresh , washed
  • 5- 6 carrots - washed and diced into small pieces
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds

Wash the rice under flowing water , to remove any dust etc.
Keep a heavy and large skillet on heat and add 2 tblsp vegetable oil to it.
When the oil becomes hot, add cloves, cumin seeds and cinnamon and fry for 1 minute.
Then add the chopped spinach and carrots and fry for 2- 3 minutes until the spinach is cooked.

Now add the rice, water, salt and stir well.
Bring the palav to a full boil and then lower the heat, cover with a close-fitting lid and cook for about 20 - 25 minutes.

Turn off the heat and let the rice stand for 5 minutes.
Fluff lightly and transfer the palav to a serving platter.