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5 from 12 votes

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
Course: main course
Cuisine: north indian
Diet: gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 3 to 4
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


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