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palak biryani recipe - lightly spiced, aromatic and easy spinach biryani recipe.

5 from 14 votes
total time:
50minutes

palak biryani recipe with step by step photos – this recipe of palak biryani is one easy biryani recipe. 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 solution 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.

palak biryani, spinach 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 water. if you use 3.5 or 4 cups 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.

few more biryani recipes you may like are:

easy palak biryani

5 from 14 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:50 mins
palak biryani recipe - lightly spiced, aromatic and easy spinach biryani recipe.
spinach biryani recipe, palak biryani recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Servings:4

INGREDIENTS FOR easy palak biryani

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

main ingredients for palak biryani

  • 2 cups basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste (adrak lahsun ka 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 for palak biryani

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

dry spice powders for palak biryani

  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (jeera powder)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel (saunf powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional

for making palak puree

  • 1 medium bunch of spinach (palak)
  • ½ cup mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • ½ cup coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch)
  • 5 to 6 almonds (badam)

HOW TO MAKE easy palak biryani

making palak puree for biryani

  • 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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preparation to make easy palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

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.

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

making palak biryani

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

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

9. add 1 large sized sliced onion.

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

12. add 1 pinch of hing (asafoetida).

palak biryani recipe

13. saute for few seconds.

palak biryani recipe

14. now add 1 medium sized chopped tomato.

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

17. saute for 3-4 minutes.

palak biryani recipe

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.

palak biryani recipe

19. add salt as required.

palak biryani recipe

20. stir and mix well.

palak biryani recipe

21. drain the soaked rice and add.

palak biryani recipe

22. stir for 1-2 minutes.

palak biryani recipe

23. pour 4 or 4.5 cups water.

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

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

palak biryani recipe

26. fluff the rice.

palak biryani recipe

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

easy palak biryani recipe


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dassana amit

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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63 comments/reviews

  1. 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

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

  3. Delicious dish, thanks a lot for the recipe. Not eating too much meat and have always loved Indian cuisine, your blog really helps me making nice veggie food!

  4. I must say….all your receipes are very easy to make and taste awesome…have tried spinach biryani and it tastes yummmm…

  5. Hey Dassana,
    I should say you are a life saver for people like me who are new to cooking and have none to guide.
    Thanks..your blog not only promises tasty food but informative cooking lessons too.
    Regards

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