Green Rice

    Green rice, as the name suggests, is green in colour. It is rice fried with green herbs and spices and is a meal in itself.

    Serves 6:
    Preparation Time: 30 minutes


    Ingredients:
  • Basmati rice – 2 cups
  • Spinach, chopped and blend to fine puree – 1 bunch.
  • Onions, finely chopped – 2 medium
  • Green chilies, chopped – 4 or as per taste.
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
  • Cloves – 2
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste.
  • Ghee or butter – 4 tablespoon


    Method:
  • Wash the rice thoroughly until the water is clear.

  • Boil a large pan of water and add 2 teaspoon of salt to it. Cook rice for 5-8 minutes or until it is half cooked. Keep
    stirring occasionally to ensure it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Drain off the excess water and keep aside.

  • Heat ghee in a pan. Fry the cloves, cinnamon, green chilies and onions until golden in color.

  • Then add spinach puree, salt and cook until the raw smell of the spinach disappears.

  • When the ghee floats on the top of the spinach mixture, add cooked rice and mix well.

  • Mix well so that the spinach puree mixes well with rice. Serve hot.


    Variation:
    Make chutney in a blender using coriander, green chilies, mint and ginger. Add this to the rice and fry with a ghee or
    butter. Add peas to it.


    Tips:
    Soak rice in advance. This semi-cooks it and reduces cooking time considerably. It also makes the rice grains appear
    longer!