Spinach and leek rice

Spinach and leek rice

By
From
Reza’s Indian Spice
Serves
6

This is a fabulous rice dish, and one I turn to again and again. I hope that soon you’ll do the same. It is pure green and the flavours of the dill and fenugreek are simply heaven.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
450g basmati rice
800g spinach, washed, dried, and chopped
4-5 tablespoons vegetable oil
225g leeks, washed, dried, and chopped
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 teaspoon ground fenugreek seeds
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put the cumin seeds in a small dry frying pan and place over a medium heat. Stir until they turn a shade darker and smell aromatic. Set aside.
  2. Rinse the rice in several changes of water until the water runs clear. Leave to soak in fresh water for about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 150°C.
  4. Put the spinach into a large pan and add 150ml water and 2–3 tbsp of the oil. Place on a medium-high heat and boil for five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach wilts and the water becomes green. Drain off the water and oil from the spinach into a bowl, reserving the liquid.
  5. Heat the remaining oil in a separate pan and add the leeks. Cook over a medium heat until soft, but not brown. Add this to the spinach with the dill, fenugreek, salt and pepper. Add a little of the reserved spinach liquid, retaining 125ml for the rice. Cook until all the liquid evaporates and the spinach is soft.
  6. Bring 1.5 litres of water to the boil with 1 tsp salt. Drain the rice and add to the boiling water. Par-boil for three to four minutes, then drain into a colander. Put the rice into a pot with a tight-fitting lid and add the spinach and leek mixture with the cumin. Adjust the seasoning with black pepper. Now add the reserved 125ml spinach water. Fold gently into the spinach and leeks. Cover the pot with the lid and bake in the oven for 30–45 minutes. Alternatively, cook over a low heat on the hob for 20–25 minutes.
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