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Spinach Pulao (version 2)

This is another version of spinach pulao other than the one Arthi posted. I added carrots and peas and some fresh spices and it came our really good. I hope you will like it. Here you go…

Preparation time: 40 minutes

No. of Servings: 3

Spice level: 3.5 out of 5


  • Basmati rice – 1 cup
  • Clarified butter or ghee – 1 tsp
  • Shahi Jeera or Black cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped spinach – 2 cups (fresh or frozen)
  • Shredded carrots – 1 cup
  • Small onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp (1″ ginger and 2 to 3 garlic cloves)
  • Frozen peas – 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Aniseed – 1
  • Green cardamom – 2
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Water – 1 1/2 cups
  • Oil

Method of Preparation:

  1. Soak basmati rice for 20 minutes and drain it and let it sit for 3 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in pan, add fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf.
  3. Fry for a minute and add thinly sliced onions and fry till the onions become translucent.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and let it cook for a minute.
  5. Now add spinach, carrot and chopped tomato. Cook for 3 minutes at medium heat.
  6. Add peas, salt, chili powder and coriander powder and add little water if required. cook for 3 more minutes and turn off the stove.
  7. Heat clarified butter or ghee in another pan, add black cumin seeds and let it splutter.
  8. Add soaked and drained basmati rice and fry for a couple of minutes at medium heat till the ghee and cumin seeds coat it well. Remove from heat.
  9. Add the spinach gravy and rice to rice cooker or pressure cooker and add 1 1/2 cups of water and cook.
  10. If you are using pressure cooker, cook for one whistle.
  11. Serve hot with raitha.


  1. That looks delicious with that raita. Love one pot dishes like this.

  2. Looks perfect, spicy and what a great combo with yummy, creamy raita 🙂

  3. Super delicious pulao, simply inviting..

  4. we too make this, but your recipe sounds yum! tempting click nithu!

  5. Looks delicious sure a healthy n tasty one pot meal

  6. im in love with variety rice these days…spinach rice, def one among them

  7. YAMMY!

  8. What a great and delicious way to use spinach..looks YUM!!

  9. Looks mouthwatering:)

  10. What a delicious pulao!

  11. VEry healthy and yummy recipe.. thanks for sharing !!
    Indian Cuisine

  12. yumm looking platter- spinach n peas spiced up looks delish !!

  13. Hi Nithu ,

    I cooked this recipe and my husband loved it … thanks for wonderful recipe ..!

    • Thanks Pari. I am glad u guys liked it.