Jun 14, 2010

Spiced Spinach Rice

This is a quick and easy rice recipe made healthy and flavorful with spinach and spices. The highlight of the rice comes from a pinch of nutmeg which gives a whole new dimension to the rice. This is the first time i used nutmeg in my cooking and it has become one of my favorite spices! The spinach gives a nice, subtle flavor to the rice and this rice goes well along with any side dish or curry. We had it along with some masoor dal fry. This recipe is versatile and can be made even with leftover cooked rice.

Ingredients
Uncooked Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Chopped Spinach - 1 cup packed (frozen spinach can also be used)
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Frozen corn/green peas - 1/2 cup (optional)
Onion - 1/2
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Garlic - 2 cloves
Pepper - 7 to 8 whole corns or 2 spoons ground/crushed
Nutmeg - 1 generous pinch
Oil/ghee - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Directions
Wash and soak the basmati rice for atleast 30 minutes. Cook the rice with about 3 1/2 cups water and fluff with a fork slightly to separate the grains.

Chop the onions, ginger and garlic. if using fresh spinach, wash the leaves thoroughly and chop finely.

In a saucepan or wok, heat the ghee/oil and add the cumin seeds. Once they start spluttering, add the onions, ginger and garlic and saute until they turn translucent. Add the pepper and nutmeg and saute well.

Add the chopped spinach and saute on medium flame till all the water evaporates and the spinach wilts. This takes about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the frozen corn and green peas if using and saute again until it gets cooked. Add the salt and mix well.

Finally, add the cooked basmati rice and saute along with the spinach mixture until the rice gets heated up and firm.

Garnish with roasted cashews and serve warm along with any curry of your choice.

Sending this to CWS - Pepper started by Priya and hosted by Padma.

44 comments:

  1. Divya..Beautiful rice..Great clicks..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  2. Love the new look of blog..Looks simple and neat..
    Spinach rice looks great..awesome clicks too..

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  3. corn spinach what a nice combination rice.really healthy and looks yumm

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  4. Wow Divya rice looks delicious and tempting.

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  5. Wow, love how separated each rice grain is and of course spinach makes it super healthy :)

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  6. lovely recipe ... i love rice :)

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  7. rice luks so delicious,loved ur version of spinach rice...Adding corn and all very nice.luks very fresh and colourfull.

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  8. What a lovely dish! Very healthy and fabulous color! Yum!

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  9. looks delicious and inviting....luved the idea of using chopped spinach ,nutmeg and pepper ..nice tempelate..

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  10. Nice recipe divya. sure the spinach rice looks very delicious. Awesome click.

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  11. Looks gorgeous! Love the healthy rice!

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  12. Yummy.. love the color of the rice...

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  13. Rice and spinach! A good and healthy combo, must try.

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  14. Looks yummy and delicious.. Love the colour of the rice...

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  15. Lovely rice and yeah loved your new look too !

    Looks beautiful :)

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  16. delisiosu dear......and colour ful tooo...

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  17. spinach with rice must have tasted great

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  18. Beautiful dish, looks very catchy and healthy..

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  19. mouth watering Rice, will surely give it a try

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  20. lovely combo.. i make it too but without corn.. gonna try it like this.. very healthy..

    www.shalinivenkatesh.com

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  21. Spinach rice looks colorful and delicious.

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  22. nice new look for the blog!!!
    spinach rice looks delicious...

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  23. Rice looks delicious Divya, your new bloglayout looks really cool.

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  24. Didn't tried palak rice so far...nice idea..n looks gud

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  25. Inever heard of spinach spicy rice,its a different and good dish,as usually colourful.

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  26. I like the idea of adding nutmeg to rice..sometimes I add cloves too...

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  27. This is really healthy and looks great dear...

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  28. Fantastic pic and a superb dish!

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  29. I have not tried nutmeg in my cooking yet..sounds interesting and delicious...very healthy too...thanks for sharing this!

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  30. first time here really rare combination.. and luks so delicious

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  31. Nice healthy rice...Tempting dish...

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  32. Hi Divya

    How are you ? Long time no see....Spinach rice looks great and very nice color

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  33. Wow !!! such a healthy, colourful dish. Simply eye-catching. I add nutmeg when preparing biriyani. It does smell divine :)

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  34. simple to make, healthy spinach rice..like your new look..

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  35. Delicious spinach rice. A good way to up the health quotient. Yum...

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  36. Looks hearty and healthy. I can just grab that bowl for my lunch today.

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  37. very different delicious looking rice.

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  38. Spinach rice looks beautiful! easy and healthy too

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