palak rice recipe
This is a very simple one pot recipe of spinach rice. Spinach with all its health benefits makes a good combo with veggies, lentils and cereals.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 3 to 4
for spinach puree
- 3 cups roughly chopped spinach (palak) or 1 cup spinach puree
- 1 to 3 green chilies - chopped
- ½ inch ginger - chopped
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves - chopped
other ingredients for spinach rice
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 tej patta or indian bay leaf
- 3 to 4 cloves
- ½ inch cinnamon
- 2 green cardamoms
- 1 mace strand
- 1 small star anise
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 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
preparation for spinach rice
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.
When the rice is soaking, rinse the spinach leaves very well and chop them. You will need 3 cups roughly chopped spinach.
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).
Blend to a smooth puree. Keep covered aside.
making spinach rice
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, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 1 mace strand, 1 small star anise and 1 tsp cumin seeds.
Next add 1/3 cup thinly sliced onions. Stir and saute the onions till light golden or golden.
Add the spinach puree. Stir and saute for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame.
Add the rice and mix rice very well.
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.
Stir very well. At this step you can also add a few drops of lemon juice.
Cover and pressure cook spinach 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 rice.
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.
- For making the spinach rice in a pot or pan, add water accordingly.
Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2815IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.5mg