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Spinach Rice/Palak Pulao

I like Spinach a lot. I usually make kootu or some curry with spinach.I thought I could try this spinach rice for a change. I liked it a lot and it is easy to prepare too. Easy tasty lunch box menu 🙂

Preparation time:40 minutes
No of Servings: 2
Spice level: 3 out of 5

  • Basmathi rice-1 cup
  • Spinach-2 cups(chopped)
  • Onions-1 cup(finely chopped)
  • Bay leaves-2
  • Cumin seeds-1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
  • Green chillies-2(slit lengthwise)
  • Coriander-1/2 cup(Grind it to paste)
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder-1 tsp(according to spice level)
  • Coriander powder-2 tsp
  • Garam masala-1/2 tsp
  • Paneer-1/2 cup(fried)(optional)
  • Peas-1/4 cup(optional)
  • Oil-1 tbsp
  • Ghee-1 tbsp
Method of Preparation:
  1. Soak the basmathi rice for 20 minutes and drain it.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan and fry it for 3-4 minutes and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan then add the bay leaves and cumin seeds.
  4. Then add the green chillies followed by the onions and salt.
  5. Fry till they become translucent and add the ginger garlic paste.
  6. Toss it for 2 minutes and add the chopped spinach.
  7. Then add the turmeric, red chilli powder and coriander powder.
  8. Then add the paneer and peas.
  9. Fry them till the spinach becomes soft and finally add the garam masala and fry for 2 minutes.
  10. Add this mixture to the rice and add 1 1/2 cup of water and keep it in a rice cooker.
  11. Serve hot with raitha or chips.


  1. Delicous looking rice and i love the addition of paneer in them.

  2. healthy and very flavorful, looks good.

  3. wow this is really a healthy choice.loved the spinach rice addition of panner is really makes the dish more tastier..good try yarr

  4. even i love spinach and this one looks very delicious with fried paneer..nice clicks arti..

  5. Arthi,

    Spinach rice looks really nice. Healthy one too.

  6. I love Spinach too and the rice looks really delicious 🙂

  7. Aarthi, a very nice presentation and loved the way the dish looks 🙂

  8. bumped in here for the first time…you have a nice blog…love the recipes…spinach pilaf looks healthy and delicious…thanks for sharing this!

  9. With these flavors, and spinach, over rice, especially brown–I could live on this! Delicious dish. Thanks so much for sharing. =)

  10. Spinach rice looks awesome..the rice is perfect and fluffy with delicious paneer 🙂

  11. WOW, I never had spinach pulao in my life! This looks really appetizing and yummy! Taking some for my breakfast now…;)

  12. Hey thats a nice recipe aarti…love the look of it…and paneer in it is an additonal treat…thanks for sharing..

  13. hey Arti thanks for visiting my blog…Lovepy space and palak rice looks great 🙂

  14. Your spinach rice looks very delicious! I would definitely add the paneer to it! Very nice.

  15. yummy spinach rice.never tried rice out of spinach.picture looks so cute.

  16. Oh this looks delicious!

  17. Looks very healthy and yummy!

  18. Very healthy pulao!

  19. Lovely healthy rice dish.

  20. Lovely healthy rice dish.Looks wonderful .My 1st time here, you have good space.Do drop by simplyfood sometime.

  21. I love spinach rice too. always good to include them

  22. Such a lovely and yummy pulao…and so glad to to find this blog n to follow you

  23. Delicious rice..have been seeing this in blogs lately, haven’t tried tgis yet…would love to 🙂

  24. This is one of my favourite healthy recipes. Its easy to cook too ,,,

  25. What about the Paneer how(cook/fry) and when do you add it ?

  26. Thats really comforting hearty meal…love paneer topped on it.

  27. am not a palak fan.. am gonna try this coz it has those tempting paneer chunks.. ur version sounds delicious!

  28. good healthy one..

  29. Good change for a normal pulav. Looks very nice.

  30. Arthi,,Palak rice looks perfect n fluffy dear good combo with paneer makes me hungry paa.

  31. Sounds very good,must try sometime!Nice click!

  32. Hey..helahty and fav spinach rice..

  33. A plate of true decadence.

  34. I love to experiment with spinach. Spinach rice looks delicious and healthy too
    Thanks dear for dropping by my blog and leaving wonderful comment. I’m glad to be here. Would love to see you again at Hamaree Rasoi

  35. spinach rice looks great and definitely healthy too!!

  36. Dear all, Thanks for your valuable comments.very encouraging!!
    @Susan:I ve used fried paneer.I ve added them after adding the masalas(step 8).

  37. yummy looking dish! just one query – how much time does it take to cook if cooked in a pressure cooker instead of a rice cooker? can it be cooked in any other dish as well?

    • Hi Daya,
      Thanks a lot Daya. It will take atleast 30 minutes if you use pressure cooker. Just pressure cook for one whistle and remove from the heat and use either pressure cooker or rice cooker. Sorry for the delayed reply Daya..