Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hara bhara Pulao / Green Pulao

A very easy to make and simple one pot, lunch box recipe. Loaded with nutrients and healthy ingredients.


Green leafy vegetables
      Spinach (Palak) - 1 cup (chopped)
      Amaranthus (Rajgiri / Dantu) - 1 cup (chopped)
      Fenugreek (Methi) - 1 cup (chopped)
      Mint (Pudina) - 1/2 cup chopped
Rice  - 2 bowls
Green Chillies - 3 to 4
Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 (large)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Cloves - 3 to 4
Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt to taste


Blanch all the green leafy vegetables together for 5 to 10 minutes on med flame. Wash them with cold water and keep aside.

Soak the rice in water for 10 to 15 mins.

Cut half onion and blend it together with the greens to a coarse paste. Add little water if needed when grinding.

Chop the other half of the onion. Also slit the green chillies length wise.

Heat a vessel and add oil. Add the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon to it and fry on med flame till the aromas are released.

Now add the chopped onions and green chillies. Fry for a minute. Add the ginger garlic paste.

Add the green peas to the vessel. Now add the rice and the ground paste to it. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add enough water and salt and mix well.

Pressure cook this for three whistles in the pressure cooker. Serve hot with raita and roasted papad.


1. You can add more leafy veggies to it.
2. Also you can add paneer to make it more tasty.

Happy Cooking...:):)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Rava Idly

 Rava Idly is a very authentic Karnataka cuisine founded by MTR during World World II. Since there was scarcity of rice during World War II, rava was substituted for rice and this way Rava Idli was found.

 Here is a very easy recipe for Rava Idli which can be made easily and instantly.


Rava (Sooji) - 1 cup
Curd - 1 cup
Carrot - 1 (grated)
Coriander chopped - 2 tsp
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Cooking Soda - 1 pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1 pinch
Cashewnuts - 10 -15


Dry roast rava till it turns golden brown. Add curd, carrot, peas and coriander to it and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan and temper with mustard seeds, channa and urad dal, cashew nuts and turmeric. Add this to the rava mix.

Add soda and mix well. Keep it aside for 30 mins.

Grease the idli plates with oil and cook the idlis for about 10 to 12 mins or microwave them on full heat for 2 mins.

Serve hot with chutney.


1. You can add a variety of vegetables and make it more tasty. I use cauliflower, beans, tomatoes etc.
2. If the curd is very sour, you need not add cooking soda.