Herb Rice with Spinach and Tomato Gravy

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Jun. 13, 2016

This one-dish meal is a delight for the diner! Herby rice with the prominent flavour of coriander is coated with a creamy spinach sauce and a peppy tomato gravy. Together the two saucy layers give the rice dish a luscious mouth-feel and an unforgettable flavour. A topping of cheese adds to the flavour as well as texture of this dish, making it a truly exciting bowlful to place on the table for lunch or dinner. We have cooked the assembled Herb Rice with Spinach and Tomato Gravy in the microwave oven instead of baking it, so the procedure gets much faster. Serve it immediately.

Ingredients

For the herb rice
Finely chopped coriander 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (dhania)
Dried mixed herbs 2 Teaspoon
Finely chopped green chillies 1/4 Teaspoon
Cooked rice 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)
Butter 1 Tablespoon
Milk 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Salt To Taste
For the spinach layer
Finely chopped spinach 1 1/4 Cup (20 tbs) , blanched (palak)
Butter 1 Tablespoon
Finely chopped green chillies 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
Fresh cream 2 Tablespoon
For the tomato gravy
Chopped tomatoes 1 1/4 Cup (20 tbs) , blanched
Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
Dried oregano 1 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon
Chilli powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Fresh cream 2 Tablespoon
Other ingredients
Oil 1/2 Tablespoon (For greasing)
Grated processed cheese 4 Tablespoon

Directions

Making

For the herb rice

1. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, and add the green chillies, coriander and mixed herbs and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds. 

2. Add rice, salt and milk, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minutes, while stirring ocassionally and Keep aside.

For the spinach layer

3. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for few second. 

4. Add the spinach, salt and fresh cream and mash well using a potato masher.

5. Add pepper powder and mix well. Keep aside.

For the tomato gravy

6. Heat the olive oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the oregano and tomato, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute. 

7. Add the salt, sugar, chilli powder and fresh cream, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

8. Grease a microwave safe dish with oil.

9. Put the rice and spread it evenly with the help of a spoon.Press it lightly. 

10. Than put the spinach layer and spread it evenly with the help of a spoon. Press it lightly.

11. Pour the tomato gravy on top and spread it evenly with the help of a spoon. Press it lightly.

12. Finally sprinkle cheese evenly over it. 

15. Cover it with a microwave-safe lid and microwave on HIGH for 4 to 5 minutes. 

Serving

16. Serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 315Calories from Fat 135

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23.1%

Saturated Fat 7 g35%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 590 mg24.58%

Total Carbohydrates 38 g12.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 8 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet