Palak pulao recipe

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Palak pulao recipe

Today i have for you all Palak Pulao Recipe …which is very delicious and a perfect one pot dish for the busy lifestyle . It’s also called as palak rice and spinach pulao  too . Made with fresh palak leaves / spinach leaves .. this  dish is very healthy and easy to make .

If you want to cook something delicious yet simple and quick this palak rice is perfect . Its apt for quick meal / partys / lunch box / any occasion . Pair it up with some raita .. a bowl of hot flavorful  pulao is all gone ….

Here goes the recipe of green, healthy simple Spinach Pulao that’s worth a try ..have added few notes to retain the color of spinach. Don’t miss it..

Few pints to note while making Palak Pulao  recipe: 

How to retain green color of spinach

  • Keep the puree open till you are ready to use . else it will change in color due to oxidisation .
  • While pureeing spinach add lemon juice .
  • Don’t cover while cooking, else the green color will change.
  • Basmati Rice to water ratio i follow is 1: 1.5 . If using normal rice you can maintain 1 : 2 1/2 ratio.
  • If you are using basmati rice ,cook for 1 whistle , keep on sim for abt 5-8 mins. Switch off. For normal rice , cook for 2 whistles on medium flame. Basmati rice will cook quickly.
  • Instead of peas you can also add corn /hyacinth beans  etc.

Check Out the Video recipe here :

You can see other spinach based recipes like Palak soup , Palak Paneer , Palak dosa , Palak chutney , Makai Palak etc

Palak pulao recipe


Smitha Kalluraya
Palak Pulao / spinach pulao - easy, healthy and tasty spinach rice .
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice / Sona masoori rice
  • 1 big onion, Sliced
  • 1/2 cup Mixed veggies beans , carrot , potato , peas, corn etc, Optional
  • few Cashew, Optional
  • 3-4 tbsp Oil / Oil + Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds / jeera seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf / tejpatta
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste

To grind ( Masala )

  • 1.5 cup Spinach /palak leaves
  • 4-5 nos Cloves/ Lavang
  • 3-4 nos Cardamon Elaichi
  • 1 small piece Cinnamon stick /dalchini
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • small peice Ginger
  • 5-6 flakes Garlic
  • 4-5 nos Green Chillies, as required
  • 1 tsp Coriander /Dhania seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds / jeera seeds


  • Wash and soak rice in water for 20-30 mins. Drain water completely.
  • Meanwhile .. take all the ingredients mentioned under "Masala " to a mixer jar.Add very little water and grind to a smooth paste . Masala for palak rice is ready . While grinding add little lemon juice ,this will help in retaining the green color. Open the mixer jar and keep , else the color will change.
  • In a pressure cooker heat oil + ghee together. Once its hot, add cumin seeds and bay leaf .
  • Once its splutters , add sliced onion . Saute till they are golden brown . If you are adding cashews .. add now and saute .
  • Add ground masala at this stage to the cooker and continue to saute till raw smell goes .
  • After the masala is fried , add chopped mixed veggies like beans , carrot , potatoes , peas etc . Add salt to taste and Saute for 1-2 mins
  • Add soaked drained rice and saute for 1-2 mins . This will help in bringing out nice aroma from the rice.
  • Add 2 cups warm water , squeeze lime and mix well . Once the water starts boiling ,close the lid and keep the flame to medium . Cook for 2 whistles and switch off the flame.
  • Once the pressure releases,gently fluff it up using a fork.
  • Serve the delicious Palak rice hot hot with any raita of you choice .
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