Ingredients

1kg idli batter

1 bundle spinach  (washed and finely chopped)

1 medium carrot (peeled and finely chopped)

Black pepper powder 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

1tsp mustard seeds
1/2tsp split urid dal
1/2tsp asafoetida

Til Oil for sauté and greasing idli plates.

Method

1. Clean, wash and chop the spinach and carrots.

2. Take a pan, add 1tsp mustard seeds and once its splutters add 1/2tsp split urid dal and sauté for half a second and add 1/2tsp asafoetida.

3. Now add the spinach and carrots, salt and pepper powder. Sauté for 2 minutes or until the spinach is cooked.

4. Add this mixture to the idli batter and mix well. Add salt to taste.  (I used store bought batter).

5. Greese the idli plates and pour the batter on each plate and steam in the idli cooker for 15 minutes or until done.

Serve hot with chutney or molaga podi.

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Today being an off day, I decided to make something quick, tasty and different. I checked my fridge and found that my veggie stock was running out… all I had was a bunch of spinach and 3 potatoes and a few tomatoes.. So, I decided to put them in use.

Ingredients
1 cup rice (I used surti kolam, u can even use basmati for pulav)

2 onions, sliced

1 piece ginger, chopped

2 green chillies slit into two

1 tomato chopped

3 medium potatoes, cut into cubes

half bunch spinach, cleaned and chopped

1/4th tsp turmeric powder

1/2 to 1 tsp red chilli powder

salt to taste

For garnish

Oil 2 tbsp
cumin seeds 1 tsp
saunf 1/2 tsp
badi elaichi 2
cardamom 3
bay leaf 1
cloves 3
cinnamon stick 1 piece

Method

1. wash the rice and keep aside.

2. take a pan, and oil and all the ingredients mentioned under garnish.. Once it crackles add onions and a pinch of salt and let it brown.

3. Add the chopped tomatoes and when the tomatoes are done add the spinach, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and cook for two minutes.

4. Add the rice and add 2-3 cups of water( amount of water depends on the method of cooking as well as type of rice. If you are using a cooker use little less water.)

5. Add salt and mix and cover the pan. On a medium heat let it cook and in between check for water.

6. Once the rice is almost done, turn off the gas and leave it covered for 5-7 mins.

7. In the meantime, take another pan and add 2tsp oil and add the cubed potatoes, salt and 1tsp garam masala and roast it well.. toss the potatoes well. Onces the potatoes are well roasted, Garnish your spinach pulav with it and serve hot with curd and pickle.

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