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Palak biryani recipe With step by step photos – this recipe of spinach biryani is one easy biryani recipe. Gluten-free and vegan.

palak biryani, spinach biryani

Usually making biryani is a very elaborate and time-consuming task. Although it is worth the time but many times we don’t have so much time and we look for easy solutions for our meals. If someday you want to try authentic veg biryani then I suggest you to check this detailed recipe of Hyderabadi veg biryani.

Coming back to this simple spinach biryani recipe. if you have spinach and want an easy as well as a satisfying meal, then do make this green palak biryani. Two more recipes you can make with rice and spinach combo are:

Pair the palak biryani with a boondi raita or just kachumber (side salad), pickle and papad and you have one complete meal. You can also have the biryani with some plain yogurt.

palak biryani recipe

There are no layers in this method and you don’t have to cook two or three things. The spinach is pureed and then cooked with the onion, tomatoes, spices along with the rice. Easy and a quick biryani recipe unlike the regular biryanis.

I have also added almonds in the spinach puree just to give a creamy and smooth touch. the spinach blends very well with the aroma and flavors of the other ingredients resulting in a delicious biryani.

I have slightly overcooked the rice. I used 4.5 cups of water. If you use 3.5 or 4 cups of water (depending on the quality of rice), you will get separate grains of rice. Just make sure that you cover the pan tightly with the lid while cooking the rice.

How to make palak biryani

1. Rinse palak (spinach leaves) very well in water.

palak

2. Measure, rinse and chop 1 medium bunch of spinach leaves, 1 to 2 green chilies, ½ cup mint leaves, ½ cup coriander leaves and 5 to 6 almonds.

ingredients for palak biryani

3. In a blender, add the chopped spinach, mint, coriander, green chili and almonds.

making palak paste

4. Add ½ cup water and blend to a smooth paste.

palak paste

5. First rinse and then soak the rice for 30 minutes.

rinse the rice

6. Keep all the spice powders, whole spices and ginger-garlic paste ready for making spinach biryani.

ingredients for palak biryani

Making palak biryani

7. Heat 3 tablespoon oil or ghee in a thick bottom and deep pan or pot. Add 1 inch cinnamon, 1 small star anise (chakriphool), 2 green cardamoms, 1 to 2 black cardamoms, 2 to 3 cloves, 1 bay leaf and 1 pinch mace.

spices for palak biryani

8. Fry for some seconds or till the oil gets fragrant.

frying spices for palak biryani

9. Add 1 large sized sliced onion.

adding onions to pan for palak biryani

10. Saute and fry till they are browned. remove some of the fried onions for garnishing.

sauteing onions for palak biryani

11. Add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and stir well.

ginger-garlic paste for palak biryani

12. Add 1 pinch of hing (asafoetida).

hing for palak biryani

13. Saute for few seconds.

sauteing masala for palak biryani

14. Now add 1 medium-sized chopped tomato.

adding tomato for palak biryani

15. Fry till the tomatoes become soft for 2-3 minutes.

frying tomatoes for palak biryani

16. Keep on stirring so that the ingredients do not stick to the bottom of the pan. add the spinach puree and stir.

adding palak puree for palak biryani

17. Saute for 3-4 minutes.

cooking palak puree

18. Now add ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon fennel powder and 1 teaspoon coriander powder one by one and stir.

adding spices for palak biryani

19. Add salt as required.

salt for palak biryani

20. Stir and mix well.

mixing palak biryani mixture

21. Drain the soaked rice and add.

adding rice for palak biryani

22. Stir for 1-2 minutes.

cooking palak biryani

23. Pour 4 or 4.5 cups water.

water for palak biryani

24. Check the taste of the broth and if required add some more salt.

cooking palak biryani

25. Cover tightly with a lid and cook till the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.

cooking palak biryani

26. Fluff the rice.

cooked palak biryani

Serve Palak biryani hot garnished with the fried onions and fried cashews with a side vegetable curry, raita, yogurt curry or some salad.

palak biryani
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Palak Biryani

5 from 17 votes
Palak biryani is a lightly spiced, aromatic and easy spinach biryani.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 medium size tomato, chopped
  • 4 or 4.5 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • some fried cashews for garnishing (optional)
  • salt as required

whole spices

  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 small star anise (chakriphool)
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 or 2 black cardamoms
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf tej patta
  • 1 pinch mace (jayitri or javitri)

dry spice powders

  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fennel powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional

for making palak puree

  • 1 medium bunch of spinach
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 1 or 2 green chilies
  • 5 to 6 almonds

Instructions

making palak puree

  • Rinse the palak (spinach leaves) very well in water. 
  • Chop and keep aside. Rinse & chop the green chilies, mint and coriander leaves
  • In a blender, add the chopped spinach, mint, coriander, green chili and almonds.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and blend to a smooth paste.

making palak biryani

  • First rinse and then soak the rice. When the rice is soaking, prepare the spinach puree as mentioned above.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottom and deep pan or pot. Add all the whole spices.
  • Fry for some seconds or till the oil gets fragrant. 
  • Add the sliced onions & fry till they are browned. Remove some of the fried onions for garnishing.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for some seconds. Now add hing and saute for few seconds.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till the tomatoes becomes soft for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Keep on stirring so that the ingredients do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the spinach puree and stir. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Now all the dry spice powders one by one and stir.
  • Add salt as required. Drain the soaked rice and add. Stir for 1-2 minutes. Pour 4 or 4.5 cups water. 
  • Check the taste of the broth and if required add some more salt.
  • Cover tightly with a lid and cook till the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Fluff the rice.
  • Serve palak biryani hot garnished with the fried onions and fried cashews with a side vegetable curry, raita, yogurt curry or some salad.

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65 Comments

  1. Big hit with my friends and family! Your website has helped me so much. I added some raisins since I love them in rice. Thank you for the delicious recipes. Namaste from USA

    1. namaste cheyenne. thanks for the feedback on palak biryani and other recipes. raisins can be added in most rice dishes and they taste good too. welcome and happy cooking.

  2. Hi Dassanna,

    What is the approximate weight of the bunch of spinach you use? I’m in the USA and get spinach in bags.

    Thanks

    Michelle

    1. michelle, the weight of one bunch spinach in india will be approx 200 to 250 grams. hope this helps.

  3. Amazing recipe. Came out perfect. Healthy and tasty. Please try out this recipe everyone, you won’t regret it 🙂5 stars

  4. I tried palak briyani yesterday for lunch .Came out verry well . Very tasty and aromatic .
    Thank you .5 stars

    1. Welcome Annapoorni. Thanks for sharing positive feedback on palak biryani recipe.

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