Sunday, November 30, 2008

Channa Pulao with Spinach

This recipe I tried from "Marina Mornings" given by Samina Jalil, turned out to be great. Thanks Samina. This one is a real keeper and a crowd pleaser too. Photos will be updated in near future......until then can't wait to share with you all .......


Kabuli Channa/ Dried Chic-pea - 300 g (after boiled, measure)

Spinach - 1 bunch (leaves only, sauteed in 1tbsp ghee until wilted, keep aside, if there is water left then add it to electric cooker dish)

Golden Raisins - 1/4 cup (sauteed in ghee too)

Basmati Rice - 2 and 1/2 cups
Water - 3 + 3/4 cups

Deep fried Shallots - 3 tbsp

Whole Masalas - {Cardamom - 5 no (punch these to open)., Whole Cloves - 10 no., Cinnamon stick - 1 inch, Whole Black Pepper - 10 no.}

Ginger Garlic Paste - 3 tsp

Yoghurt - 1/2 cup
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Oil - 3 tbsp
Water - 1/4 cup


1) Heat oil in a deep nonstick dish. Add whole masala fry until fragrant.

2) Add shallots, immediately add gg paste with 1/4th cup water (preventing from burning), fry until nicely fried. Add salt (2 and 1/2 tsp) and turmeric, stir well.

3) Add drained Chick-pea to it, fry for few sec. Remove from heat and immediately follow point 4.

4) Add yoghurt stir well and return it to heat, add garam masala powder too and keep stirring, keep lid on for few mins, mean while follow point 5.

5) Wash basmati rice 3 times, when water evaporates in point 4 add drained rice to it and stir gently until water evaporates.

6) Transfer this to electric cooker, add measured water, mix gently once and switch on.

7) In the last 5 mins, before it goes to switch off mode, top it up with sauteed spinach and raisins and keep covered.

8) Once it's goes to off mode, do not disturb it until 10 mins, remove the lid and wipe off the lid, do this way for every 10 mins, until you finished off 30 mins stand by.

9) Once finished mix it up with fork and serve.

Serve with Raita and Boiled Egg (sliced round) if you wish, next bet would be Paneer dishes, it tasted great just as it is.


Soak Chick-pea over night and boil these in pressure cooker until cooked well, but still retains it's shape.

I bought deep fried shallots 500g pack for 4$ from Toops in NZ well worth it.

Use Kohinoor Basmati.

Rice Bran oil is best for this dish. Can use 1/2 oil + 1/2 ghee for this dish.

Instead of Turmeric try adding yellow color which is mixed in little milk, add this before while adding spinach and sultanas, to give that Biriyani look.


Kabuli Channa = Senagalu (Telugu word)

© 2008 by Rajani Rayudu

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Aava pettina Arati Bondh Talimpu/ Banana Blossom Fry

Set 1

Arati Bondh/ Pickled Banana Blossom - 2 jars (454 g each)
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - little

Set 2

Oil - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Chana dhal - 2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 5 no. (split)
Green chillies - 5 no. (slit)
Ginger - 1 inch (chopped finely)
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Asafoetida (hing) - a pinch

Set 3

Mustard seeds - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Lemon - 1/2 no.


1) Set 1- Remove banana blossom from the jar discarding water, wash them well, chop it finely, keep this in salted warm water, until you finish chopping them. Remove this into pressure cooker bowl, to that add little handful of water, turmeric and salt, pressure cook for 1 whistle. keep this aside until needed.

2) Set 3- Take mustard seeds in pestle and pound it in to powder, to that add lemon juice, cover and keep aside.

3) Heat a deep non-stick kadhai, add oil and heat it up. Add one by one from set 2 in the order given above, do poppu thingi. Add now point 1 (squeeze the water out and add) and fry until water is evaporated, switch off the flame and add salt to taste (remember you already added little salt before). Add point 2 paste and mix well.

Serve with Plain white Rice, Mudda Pappu and Majjiga Charu.


After chopping the banana blossom keep them in water mixed with a spoon of curd or butter milk (buttermilk will help the stem to retain its white color)

Where to find? Pickled Banana Blossom

Check these out in Chinese groceries.

© 2008 by Rajani Rayudu