Palak Pulao

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    Ingredients

    1 cup rice (uncooked)

    1 to 1.5 tbsp oil

    half of a star anise or few petals

    2 green cardamoms

    3 cloves

    1 small cinnamon stick

    ¼ tsp cumin or shahi jeera

    1 small bay leaf

    2 cups palak / spinach (tightly packed about 100 grams leaves)

    2 to 3 green chilies sliced

    1 tsp ginger garlic paste or 2 garlic cloves

    1 onion sliced

    1 medium potato or any veggies

    ½ to ¾ garam masala

    little turmeric

    salt as needed

    10 to 12 pudina/mint leaves

    lemon juice as needed

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  • 1Cook rice and cool completely.

    2Wash palak thoroughly in ample water. Drain completely.

    3Them to a blender and puree.

    4Heat a pan with oil, add spices and saute for a min.

    5Fry ginger garlic paste until the raw smell vanishes.

    6Add onion and fry until golden. Add veggies and saute until they are tender. If needed sprinkle some water and cook.

    7Sprinkle garam masala, salt and turmeric.

    8Add palak puree and saute until the raw smell goes off.

    9Add mint leaves and saute for a min or two. Switch off the stove.

    10Add cooled rice, squeeze in the lemon juice.

    11Mix everything well.

    12Serve hot or warm.

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