Friday, January 04, 2008

Vegetable Pulav and Palak paneer

This is my submission for Think spice...think garlic event hosted by Sunita of

Vegetable Pulav

Vegetable Pulav…


Basmathi rice-2 cups
Cubed carrot-1 cup
Cubed beetroot-1 cup
Fresh mint-1 cup
Fresh coriander leaaves-1 cup
Chopped onion-1
Fresh grated coconut-1 cup (optional)
Cinnamon stick-1
Star anise-2
Bay leaves-4
Shajeera-1 teaspoon
Ghee-4 tablespoons
Oil-2 tablespoons
Salt- to taste (1 tablespoon)

For grinding:

Ginger-a small piece
Garlic-5 cloves
Jeera or cumin seeds-1 tablespoon
Coriander seeds-1 tablespoon
Green chillies-4


  1. Wash and soak the rice with 4 cups of water in an electric rice cooker container. Heat the ghee and oil in a pan on medium flame.

  1. Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardomam, star anise, bay leaves and shajeera and fry for 1 minute.

  1. Add the onions, carrot, beetroot, mint and coriabnder leaves and fry for 3 minutes.

  1. Add the grinded paste and fry for two more minutes and mix it with the salt.

  1. Remove from the stove and add to the rice cooker container and cook it is done.

Note: Before serving mix the rice gently.

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer…


Chopped Spinach-4 cups
Cubed Paneer-1 cup
Green chillies-4
Dry chilly powder-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-a pinch (optional)
Sugar-1 teaspoon (optional)
Garlic-4 cloves
Chopped onions-2
Garam masala-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Ghee-2 tablespoons


  1. Wash and boil the spinach with green chillies and allow it to cool.

  1. Grind the spinach with garlic, chilly powder, turmeric powder, sugar and salt into a paste.

  1. Heat the paneer in oven for two minutes and wash with cold water or deep fry the paneer in oil and keep them aside.

  1. Heat the ghee in a pan and add the chopped onions.

  1. Fry the onions for three minutes on medium flame and add the grinded spinach paste.

  1. Allow it to cook for 5 minutes on low flame and add the paneer.

  1. Cook for three more minutes and add the garam masala.

  1. After two minutes turn off the stove and serve with the vegetable pulav or pooris.


Asha said...

Wonderful meal Vijaya, great entry for Garlic too. Enjoy!:)

Ramya said...

The Palan panner looks so tasty. Wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year!

Daily Meals said...

Thank you Asha!

Thank you Ramya!

Menu Today said...

Hi Vijaya,

Beautiful presentation!!!! Perfect entry for the event. thanks for sharing.

Seena said...

Great entry Vijaya, the rice looks so tasty with the whole spices. Palak too looks very good.

Daily Meals said...

Thank You Menu Today!

Thank you Seena!

Rajitha said...

both the dishes look great..the palak paneer looks soo creamy!

Daily Meals said...

Thank you Rajitha!

Happy cook said...

Delicious meal. The colour of the palak paneer is so good.

Dhivya said...

OMG! ur pics luk amazing!


Lovely looking Pulav Vijaya!Nice entry:)

Daily Meals said...

Hi Happy Cook! Thank you.

Hi Dhivya! Thank you.

Hi Rak's Kitchen! Thank you very much.

Sagari said...

I too made palak panner yesterday planning to post today pulao looks delecioussssssss

Daily Meals said...

Thank you Sagari! Waiting for your palak paneer...