Palak Rice recipe (Spinach rice)

Palak rice recipe is HEALTHY and flavorful rice dish. Perfect dish to pack into lunch box for kids and adults.

Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

There are two different ways of making spinach rice. Cook the rice with spinach puree. I am sharing this method today. Another method is rice sauteed with chopped spinach and spices.

I have not used any powder spices in this recipe. I dry roasted the whole spices and ground them with onion and spinach. And you know that fresh masala always gives nice flavor and aroma to the dish.

In this recipe paste is made from spices, onion and spinach. The rice cooked with this paste. So rice absorbs the flavor from this paste. Thus it is so delicious and the best.

I do make this rice very often. Because hubby likes it in his lunch box with plain yogurt.

This Palak rice is very healthy rice recipe. As spinach is very nutritious green. This is the perfect way to add some greens in your diet. The best palak recipe for the fussy kids or for those who doesn’t like palak. Try it once, I am sure you will like it.

Check out more rice dishes (Perfect for lunch box)
Capsicum rice  //  Corn rice  //  Carrot rice  //  Methi rice  //  Coriander rice


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1) Wash the rice under running cold water till water runs clear. Soak into enough water for 20 minutes.

2) Then drain the water and keep it aside.
soak and drain rice

3) While rice soaking, do the prep work. Dry roast the spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin seeds and coriander seeds) on low-medium heat. Do stir continuously. You will get nice aroma of spices. Remove it from the pan and keep aside.

4) Prep the ingredients to make paste. Chop onion, ginger and garlic.

5) Also wash and remove hard stems of spinach. Remove the stems of green chili as well.

6) Take everything (dry roasted spices and veggies) into the grinder or blender. Make smooth paste and keep it aside. If needed add 2 tablespoons of water. I have not added any water. The water from washed and damp spinach was enough to make paste.
Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

7) Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Once hot add bay leaf. Saute for 30 seconds.

8) Add prepared paste.
Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

9) Cook for 4-5 minutes. Or till all the moisture is evaporated. It starts to leave the sides of the pan.

10) Add carrots and peas.
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11) Mix well.

12) Stir in rice and salt.
Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

13) Add water.

14) Bring it to a boil.
Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

15) Once it starts boiling, LOWER the heat to lowest possible. Cover it with lid. Let it cook for 17-18  minutes. Do not open the lid while it is cooking. Or do not peek into.

16) After 17 minutes, turn off the stove. Let it rest for 10 minutes covered. Then open the lid.
Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

17) Fluff up and mix gently using fork.

18) It is ready to serve.
Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

Serving suggestion: Serve with yogurt or raita. Also have some papad or salad on side. Even it tastes good without any accompaniment.

Notes:

  • Green chilies are the only spicy ingredient in this rice. So adjust it accordingly. If making it for kids, reduce the chilies.
  • Do not have time to dry roast the spices. Don’t worry, skip it. Add ½ teaspoon of garam masala later when you add salt.
  • I have added green peas and carrot to this rice. But you can use your choice of vegetables like potato, cauliflower, corn, broccoli. Addition of veggies makes this rice healthy and full of nutrition.

Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice

Palak Rice recipe | Spinach rice | How to make palak rice
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Palak Rice recipe (Spinach rice)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

To grind into paste:

  • 2 Cloves
  • ½ inch Cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ½ cup Onion roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ cups Spinach (Palak) washed
  • 2 small Green chilies

For palak rice recipe:

  • ¾ cup Long grain rice or basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ cup Carrot cubed
  • ½ cup Green peas
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ¼ cup Water

Instructions

Preparation:

  1. Wash the rice under running cold water till water runs clear.
  2. Soak into enough water for 20 minutes.
  3. Then drain the water and keep it aside.

Making paste:

  1. Dry roast the spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin seeds and coriander seeds) on low-medium heat. Do stir continuously. You will get nice aroma of spices.
  2. Remove it from the pan and keep aside.
  3. Chop onion, ginger and garlic for paste.
  4. Also wash and remove hard stems of spinach. Remove the stems of green chili as well.
  5. Take everything (dry roasted spices and veggies) into the grinder or blender. Make smooth paste and keep it aside.

Making palak rice recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Once hot add bay leaf. Saute for 30 seconds.
  2. Add prepared paste. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add carrots and peas.Mix well.
  4. Stir in rice and salt. Add water.
  5. Bring it to a boil.
  6. Once it starts boiling, LOWER the heat to lowest possible. Cover it with lid. Let it cook for 17-18 minutes. Do not open the lid while it is cooking.
  7. After 17 minutes, turn off the stove.
  8. Let it rest for 10 minutes covered. Then open the lid.
  9. Fluff up and mix gently using fork.

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