Freitag, 16. September 2011

potato pulao, spinach and chickpeas

Yes, my husband can cook, too! Actually, he cooks really well, and I love it when he cooks, even more, when we cook together.
Last night, he improvised this meal which the kids loved, too.

Potato Pulao:
2 cups basmati rice
4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the cumin seeds until lightly toasted. Add the potatoes and fry for a little bit, until they start to brown and/or soften. Add the rice, stir to coat with oil. Add the turmeric and about 4 cups of water and the salt. Bring to a boil then simmer till done (the tricky bit is to cut the potatoes into pieces that will cook before the rice goes completely mushy).

Spinach and chickpeas:
a nice bunch of spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped
2 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 can chickpeas
1 tsp chana masala (this was my idea, and it turned out nicely :-) )
salt to taste

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Allow the onion to soften, then add the tomatoes. Wilt the spinach in the pan. When that is nice and limp, add chickpeas and spices. Heat through.
Serve with the Pulao, pickle and yoghurt.

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