Lehsani Palak with Khushbu Pulao

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Prepare Lehsani Palak:

-Boiling water as required

-Palak (Spinach) finely chopped ½ kg

-Cooking oil 2-3 tbs

-Lehsan (Garlic) crushed ½ tbs

-Pyaz (Onion) sliced 1 medium

-Tamatar (Tomato) chopped 1 medium

-Zeera powder (Cumin powder) 1 tsp

-Lal mirch powder (Red chilli powder) 1 tsp or to taste

-Namak (Salt) ½ tsp or to taste

-Garam masala powder ½ tsp

-Sabut dhania (Coriander seeds) crushed 1 tsp

-Hari mirch (Green chillies) 3-4

-Water ¼ Cup or as required

Prepare Tadka:

-Cooking oil 3-4 tbs

-Lehsan (Garlic) sliced 4-5 cloves

-Zeera (Cumin seeds) ½ tsp

-Sukhi lal mirch (Dried red chillies) 3-4

Prepare Khushbu Pulao:

-Adrak (Ginger) 2-inch piece

-Lehsan (Garlic) 3-4 cloves

-Badi elaichi (Black cardamom) 2

-Darchini (Cinnamon sticks) 3-4

-Hari elaichi (Green cardamom) 3-4

-Sabut kali mirch (Black peppercorns) 1 tsp

-Laung (Cloves) 6-7

-Javitri (Mace) 2 blades

-Badiyan ka phool (Star anise) 2-3

-Tez patta (Bay leaves) 2

-Boiling water 4-5 Cups

-Chicken stock cubes 2

-Ghee (Clarified Butter) 3-4 tbs

-Pyaz (Onion) sliced 1 medium

-Zeera (Cumin seeds) 1 tsp

-Sabut lal mirch (Button red chillies) 5-6 (optional)

-Namak (Salt) ½ tbs or to taste

-Chawal (Rice) Sella/Basmati 500g (soaked for 1 hour)

-Pyaz (Onion) fried



Prepare Lehsani Palak:

-In boiling water,add spinach,blanch for 3-4 minutes then strain & set aside.

-In a wok,add cooking oil,garlic & mix well.

-Add onion,mix well & sauté until onions are translucent.

-Add tomato,mix well & cook for 2-3 minutes.

-Add cumin powder,red chilli powder,salt,garam masala powder,coriander seeds,green chillies & mix well.

-Add water,mix well & cook on medium flame until oil separates (2-3 minutes).

-Add blanched spinach & mix well,cover & cook on low flame for 8-10 minutes then mash well with the help of masher & cook for 2-3 minutes.

Prepare Tarka:

-In a small saucepan,add cooking oil,garlic & fry until light golden.

-Add cumin seeds,dried red chillies & mix well.

-Now pour tadka on palak & serve!

Prepare Khushboo Pulao:

-In a bowl,place muslin cloth,add ginger,garlic,black cardamom,cinnamon sticks,green cardamom, black peppercorns,cloves,mace,star anise,bay leaves & tie to make a bouquet garni.

-In boiling water,add bouquet garni,cover & cook on low flame for 10-12 minutes.

-Remove bouquet garni & discard it.

-Now add chicken stock cubes,mix well & cook for 1-2 minutes (approx. 4 Cups) & set aside.

-In a pot,add clarified butter & let it melt.

-Add onion & fry until light golden.

-Add cumin seeds,button red chillies & mix well.

-Add prepared stock,salt,mix well & bring it to boil.

-Add rice,mix well & cook on medium flame until water is reduced (3-4 minutes),cover with kitchen cloth,lid & steam cook on low flame for 10-12 minutes.

-Garnish with fried onion & serve with Lehsani palak!

Recipe By: Kanwal Mohsin

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