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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
Servings 2 servings
Calories 385kcal
Author Kanan


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



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

Making paste:

  • 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.
  • Chop onion, ginger and garlic for paste.
  • Also wash and remove hard stems of spinach. Remove the stems of green chili as well.
  • Take everything (dry roasted spices and veggies) into the grinder or blender. Make smooth paste and keep it aside.

Making palak rice recipe:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Once hot add bay leaf. Saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add prepared paste. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add carrots and peas.Mix well.
  • Stir in rice and salt. Add water.
  • Bring it to a boil.
  • 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.
  • After 17 minutes, turn off the stove.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes covered. Then open the lid.
  • Fluff up and mix gently using fork.


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.9g | Protein: 8.6g | Fat: 7.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 5.2g
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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