palak pulao spinach pulao recipe

palak rice recipe with step by step photos – easy,  healthy and tasty spinach rice recipe.

this is a very simple one pot recipe of palak rice or palak pulao. spinach with all its health benefits makes a good combo with veggies, lentils and cereals. i always buy spinach, amaranth and methi and use them in various recipes like parathas, dal, biryani or pulao.

greens in our food is always good. for kids who do not like green leafy veggies – the greens can always be added to recipes where their presence is hidden, disguised or not much felt. some recipes like these are:

  1. palak pakoda
  2. methi thepla
  3. hara bhara kabab

this recipe is a simple and yet tasty palak pulao. its a homely version but healthy. in this palak rice recipe, you can add your choice of mixed veggies too. in fact even fresh green peas and potatoes go very well. the day i made this spinach rice, i only had spinach and no other veggie. so made the rice minus the veggies. otherwise i add green peas, carrots and potatoes in this rice recipe and it taste good.

i have made the whole recipe in a pressure cooker to save time and fuel. you can also make this palak rice in a pot or pan. spices can be adjusted as per your taste.

serve palak pulao with a side salad, pickle or raita. you can also garnish the spinach rice with some chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves. pan fried paneer or tofu cubes also go very well as a garnish.

few more recipes you can make with palak and rice combo are:

spinach rice or palak rice recipe below:

palak pulao recipe
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palak rice recipe | spinach rice recipe | palak pulao recipe

spinach pulao recipe - a very simple one pot recipe of palak rice.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3 to 4
calories per serving 108 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for palak puree:

  • 3 cups roughly chopped spinach (palak) or 1 cup spinach puree
  • 1 to 3 green chilies (hari mirch) - chopped
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - chopped
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves (lahsun) - chopped

other ingredients for palak rice recipe:

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tej patta or indian bay leaf
  • 3 to 4 cloves (lavang)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • 1 mace strand (javitri)
  • 1 small star anise (chakriphool)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 50 grams onion or 1 medium onion thinly sliced or ⅓ cup sliced onions
  • 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice, optional
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water
  • salt as required

how to make recipe?

preparation for palak rice recipe:

  1. rinse 1 cup basmati rice till the water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice grains in enough water for 30 minutes. later drain and keep aside.
  2. when the rice is soaking, rinse the spinach leaves very well and chop them. you will need 3 cups roughly chopped spinach.
  3. now add the spinach leaves in a blender or grinder jar. also add 1 to 3 green chilies, 1/2 inch ginger and 3 to 4 garlic cloves (all chopped).
  4. blend to a smooth puree. keep covered aside.

making palak rice recipe:

  1. in a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp oil. 

  2. add the following spices and saute them till they splutter - 1 tej patta or indian bay leaf, 3 to 4 cloves, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 1 mace strand, 1 small star anise and 1 tsp cumin seeds.

  3. next add 1/3 cup thinly sliced onions. stir and saute the onions till light golden or golden.
  4. add the spinach puree. stir and saute for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame.
  5. add the rice and mix rice very well.
  6. add salt and water. 1 cup water gives an al dente rice. for a softer texture in the rice you can add 1.25 cups water. i added 1.25 cups water.
  7. stir very well. at this step you can also add a few drops of lemon juice.
  8. cover and pressure cook spinach rice for 8 to 9 minutes or 2 to 3 whistles. 

  9. when the pressure falls down in the cooker on its own, then remove the lid and gently fluff the spinach rice.

  10. serve palak rice hot with a side salad or pickle or raita. while serving, if you want you can garnish with some chopped coriander or mint leaves.

recipe notes

  • for making the spinach rice in a pot or pan, add water accordingly.


how to make palak pulao or palak rice recipe:

1. rinse 1 cup basmati rice till the water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice grains in enough water for 30 minutes. later drain and keep aside.

rice for palak pulao recipe

2. when the rice is soaking, rinse the spinach leaves very well and roughly chop them. you will need 3 cups roughly chopped spinach.

palak for palak pulao recipe

3. now add the spinach leaves in a blender or grinder jar. also add 1 to 3 green chilies, ½ inch ginger and 3 to 4 garlic cloves (all roughly chopped). do note that 1 green chili makes this pulao bland and 2 to 3 makes it moderately spicy. so add the green chilies as per your requirements.

palak for palak pulao recipe

4. blend to a smooth puree. keep covered aside.

palak puree for palak pulao recipe

5. in a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp oil. add the following spices and saute them till they splutter – 1 tej patta or indian bay leaf, 3 to 4 cloves, ½ inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 1 mace strand, 1 small star anise and 1 tsp cumin seeds.

spices for palak pulao recipe

6. next add ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions.

onions for palak pulao recipe

7. stir and saute the onions till light golden or golden.

onions for palak pulao recipe

8. add the spinach puree.

spinach puree for palak pulao recipe

9. stir and saute for 4 to 5 minutes.

making palak pulao recipe

10. add the rice.

making palak pulao recipe

11. stir and mix rice very well.

making palak pulao recipe

12. add salt as required.

making palak pulao recipe

13. add water. 1 cup water gives an al dente rice. for a softer texture in the rice, you can add 1.25 cups water. i added 1.25 cups water.

making palak pulao recipe

14. stir very well. at this step you can also add a few drops of lemon juice.

making palak pulao recipe

15. cover and pressure cook palak rice for 8 to 9 minutes or 2 to 3 whistles. when the pressure falls down in the cooker on its own, then remove the lid and gently fluff the spinach rice.

making palak pulao recipe

16. serve palak rice hot with a side salad or pickle or raita. you can also garnish the spinach rice with some chopped coriander or mint leaves. pan fried paneer or tofu cubes also go very well as a garnish. for more delicious rice recipes, you can check this collection of 30 rice recipes.

palak pulao recipe




27 thoughts on “palak rice recipe | spinach rice recipe | palak pulao recipe | palak rice recipes”

  1. Hi Dassana
    Children loved d rice. Making them eat palak was very difficult.
    I always follow ur recipes.
    U explain them very well.
    Keep doing d good job.

    Thanx a lot for all d lovely recipes u post along with d pics.

    1. Welcome Deepa. Thanks for your positive feedback and appreciation. Yes its a big task to make kids eat veggies like spinach or methi. disguising these greens in such recipes is an easy solution.

  2. Amit can we use coconut milk in this recipe. This is the third time I m making it. Wanna try making it with coconut milk next time.

    Every Monday this is our tiffin box menu. Its very easy to make. Thank you

  3. I made this pulao yesterday for dinner, it was super duper yummy. This is good option for me to add green veggies in my brothers menu list….he doesn’t like green veggies so thanku mam for the great recipe.N he also liked it very much…

  4. As usual your recipe never fails, needed something quick, healthy and delicious for a friend who was under the weather. I settled on your palak pulao and it came out amazing. I was running low on some supplies , so substituted bird’s eye chilies instead of green and it still tasted great. I am sadly food sensitive to rice but enjoyed sneaking some bites in before sending the food my friends way. Can’t stop making your delicious food.

  5. Healthy pulav……thanks. Surely will try……spinach doesn’t have its own flavour know…..how can it be different than other pulav…..Thanks

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