Hara Bhara Green Pulao

February 25, 2010

There’s always a first time. I bought my first ever five-inch heels to wear at a London Fashion Week last Saturday. Worked out what Twitter was. And announced with great gusto I was off to Shilpa Shetty’s party, which, in fact, was scheduled for the following day.

Our babysitter suggested I had finally lost it.

I also started using a great, big, proper grown up food processor.

Now you may think this is odd. Especially for someone who cooks and writes about food. The truth is I have been joined at the hip with my trusted hand held food processor for eons. It’s dinky, safe and and finger proof. What’s not to like?

Then my man bought me a monstrous Magimix for returning to work after maternity leave. I became desperate for one. If it’s good enough for the great and the good of the celebrity chef world, it’s good enough for me.

Except, it scared me witless for the first few months. The fittings looked like weapons of mass destruction. The base weighed a ton. The manual didn’t appeal in its cling film packaging. Then I decided to improvise, stuck the small blade into the large bowl, and wondered why the damn thing was more noise less action.

I have to say, three months of playing with the thing later, I can’t live without it. I’ve been slicing onions, shredding carrots, mixing stuffing/croquettes and cooking this addictive, fresh, Hara Bhara Pulao or green Pulao with fresh coriander and spinach (check out this Pudina Dhaniya Chicken too).

My nails are still intact! Now for that dishwasher, double oven, triple cooker, kitchen island and Global knife set…



Feeds 4

  • 350gm rice (uncooked)
  • 50gm fresh coriander
  • 50gm fresh spinach
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Salt to taste


Puree the fresh coriander and spinach in a food processor with two or three tablespoons of water. If you don’t have a food processor, just chop them finely. Chop the garlic finely.

Rinse the rice well with cold water. Take a medium pot and bring the ghee to heat in it on high.

When it’s hot, add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, and bay leaf and as they sizzle up, the chopped garlic. When the garlic turns a pale golden, measure the rice first into a mug, next stir it in and fry for a minute.

Then mix in the green paste, add 1.5 times as much hot water as the rice, measured in the same mug. Bring to a boil, lower the flame to simmer, cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.

Serve this with yogurt and pickle for a really simple lunch or as a side for some grilled chicken or pork.



30 Responses to “Hara Bhara Green Pulao”

  1. Asha Says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I know! Unless it’s on the counter and you are using all the MD pieces, these Mixies are useless. I have about 3 Cuisinart in the garage I don’t use, I think I forgotten how to use all those little attachments.

    Good that you are using it, Pulao looks flavorful and easy too.

    We are all Cuckoos after few months of having our first babies, don’t worry. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! ;D

  2. arundati Says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    you mallika, are one funny woman… this was a hilarious post!! the pulav looks great too…whats not to love about a one pot meal!!

  3. Maninas Says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    That photo is fabulous, Mallika!
    I have a Magimix too, and love it. Shame it can’t do less than half a kg of spices though! I know, I should get a little coffee grinder like all sensible people.

  4. indosungod Says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Darn the gadgets can’t live without them once you start liking them. You cannot be saved. As for this pulao no harm in falling in love with it.

  5. ritika Says:

    February 26th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    just right for the great indian summer that’s upon us :D
    and i envy ur wish list

  6. Audrey Says:

    February 26th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    The pulao was delicious and I made the chicken using one naked breast. Cooking for one is not always easy.

  7. tbc Says:

    February 26th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Just popped in to say a quick hello. Hope the little one’s doing fine, Mallika. :-)

  8. Mallika Says:

    February 28th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    LOL at you losing it . Pulao looks good and do able .How’s the little one coming along ?

  9. Bong Mom Says:

    March 1st, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Did you carry this to Ms. Shetty’s Potluck ;-) How is Mini Basu ?

  10. The Cooking Ninja Says:

    March 2nd, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I love my Magimix. Can’t live without it now. My mom-in-law bought it for me – can’t remember whether it was house warming or xmas or birthday gift. It’s the best gift ever to give a person. :) Yes it weighs a ton but this baby lasts very long. Mine is 7 years old now. :)

  11. Elisabeth Says:

    March 4th, 2010 at 4:14 am

    And I want the goss on Shilpa Shetty’s party!

    I have my mum’s Magimix from the 1980s. I lug it out for grating industrial amounts of carrots, or slicing vast amounts of paper-thin cucumber.

    My trusty friend remains my hand-held blender and its grinder attachment that does tiny amount of spices.

    I agree – you need a counter big-enough to keep the processor at the ready, otherwise it is a bit of a production every time to haul it out.

    Many thanks, Mallika, for your support. I am getting a bit of flak over our campaign to save local shops from the threat of Tesco’s – all kind wishes much appreciated!

  12. RedChillies Says:

    March 5th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Love the variation of this simple pulao, it has a combination of all the fragrant spices, but no veggies, not even onions… ok this is a first for me. Looks good.

  13. Glass Bottles Says:

    March 15th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Looks like a great dish. Glad to hear you moved to the big processor. Thanks for sharing, looks fantastic.

  14. Brian Says:

    March 22nd, 2010 at 6:58 am

    This looks great even though I never heard of it or had it ;) Yum!

  15. Astha Mitra Says:

    March 23rd, 2010 at 5:52 am

    A marathi aunty made spinach pulao as one of the dishes for the daugther inlaw’s baby shower. It was then when I got a chance to taste this dish. It is light and delightful I must say!

  16. Chitra Says:

    March 28th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    you are hilarious and this recipe looks so delicious and easy!

  17. nithya at hungrydesi Says:

    April 14th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    This is funny b/c after having my baby (and about to return to work from maternity leave), I’ve stopped using my food processor! I’m scared it will wake my sleeping daughter (which is usually when I’m cooking – during naps). So I’ve been finely chopping onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger…and was surprised when I made mattar paneer this weekend that it didn’t taste different. We actually liked the slightly chunky texture. Not that I”m swearing off the processor at all!

  18. Glass Bottles Says:

    April 15th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Finally got to try this recipe… So good!!! Any new meals ideas coming soon?

  19. chamblee chick Says:

    April 16th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    This recipe came out great. Cuisinart has a new line of food processors. I bought the elite 12 cup at & I love it!

  20. sulagna Says:

    April 20th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Hi Mallika , my first time on your blog and i have spent the last 30 minutes reading,devouring everythinga nd mostly priding on reading such great stuff by a bong chic..yeah yeah..i know of the cute mini basu but you still qualify to be named as bong chic… excellent stuff and m making the kerala chicken tonight..dekhi kerom hoye :)

  21. Maninas Says:

    April 21st, 2010 at 6:06 am

    hey saw your book at blackwell’s today! Congrats!

  22. Maninas Says:

    April 21st, 2010 at 6:06 am

    You’re keeping uncharacteristically quiet about it all… are you OK?

  23. Elisabeth Says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Malika – your book – Miss Masala: Real Indian cooking for busy living – is superb!

    It is engaging, witty, readable and…helps me cook proper Indian dishes with the minimum of stress.

    And I love the design: quirky yet accessible, original and beautiful. (Sounds like you!)

    I look forward to having the time to write a review for my blog.

    In the meantime, I will post a review on Amazon…

    What an achievement. Be proud.

  24. Chandana Says:

    May 5th, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Nice blogs..
    Tried this recipe with an onion and some green chillies (only because I was lazy to do any side dish to accompany this) and it was yum…

  25. Sharmilee Says:

    May 12th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Love this pulav..simple and flavourful hmm yum!

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    May 13th, 2010 at 11:42 am

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    November 14th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    food processors can really shorten the time it takes for you to prepare home cooked meals `::

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