15 MINUTES SPINACH MUSHROOM PULAO RICE

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Reuse leftover rice and give it a new healthy makeover by adding spinach and mushroom and make it into a healthy pulao rice. 

Carbs Good to Cure Morning Sickness

With both my pregnancies, I was committed to eating healthy, taking all the extra supplements and exercising as I wanted the best for the baby and me! But wanting something does not necessarily mean that you will have it! Come 6th week and even the thought of food made my insides churn! I felt nauseous, weak and simply speaking horrible! The joys of being pregnant became more of a hardship.

As most tech dependent person I turned to the internet looking for answers to beating nausea! And boy, is there a deluge of information on what to eat, when to eat and how to eat!!

The one food which would stay in my system was rice. After surviving on plain boiled rice with salt and a bit of butter, I had simply reached my wit’s end and wanted some vegetables. So one day I thought I’ll try and mix the leftover rice I had with something more healthy for the baby’s development and to wake my taste buds up!

Rice, is a  complex carbohydrate which slowly releases energy into your bloodstream, helping to keep your appetite satisfied as well as is easier to digest. I found that I enjoyed white rice more than brown although I know that the latter had more nutritional content. But, my sole aim was to simply eat and keep food down!

Spinach for Added Folic Acid

So there I was playing with ‘good for pregnancy’ food like spinach and mushroom, since it’s rich in folic acid and iron. You could add any veges for your choice but I would stick to spinach as the core vegetable and mix other vegetables like, carrots or beans to it.

What I came up with was something that the entire family enjoyed and was a one dish meal ready in 15 minutes! Hope you try it out too!

easy spinach mushroom pulao rice recipe

Other Rice Recipes to Try

I have this craving for rice everyday and not just limited to hormone-induced pregnancy time! The sad truth is I also am painfully aware of its effect on the waistline.

To reduce my guilt and still enjoy one of the most eaten grains, I try to experiment with other variants too. Like this vegetable pulao but made with multigrain instead of rice.

One of my other favourite recipe which again was super easy to make was this Wildrice Rissoto with added broccoli and parmesan cheese. 

Got any other rice recipe that you simply love? I don’t think I will ever get bored of more so please do leave a comment and share.

Ingredients

pinach (Frozen or Fresh) - 1 cup
Mushroom, sliced - 1 cup
Boiled Rice - 1 1/2 cup
Onions, sliced or rings - 1
Garlic - 3 - 4 pods
Salt to taste
Olive oil - 3 tbsp
Spices used
Cumin Powder/seeds - 1 tsp
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Directions

1
Prepping the Spinach:
2
In a hand blender, blend together the spinach, cumin seeds and garlic. Do not make it into a paste, it should be slightly coarse in texture.
3
Making the Rice
4
Heat olive oil in a pan, once hot add the onions to it and saute for 2- 3 minutes.
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Once the onion becomes soft, add the spinach paste to it and cook for another 1 minute.
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Next add the sliced mushroom to the spinach and cook further for 1 - 2 minutes till mushroom gets cooked.
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Finally add boiled rice and adjust salt to your taste.
8
Mix the spinach well with the rice. The rice should be a little bit wet and soft, so if required add a little water if it looks too dry. The consistency of this dish should be a little bit drier than a risotto.
9
Serve with yogurt, raita or eat on its own!