Monday, October 31, 2011

Palak Rice / Spinach Rice

Palak Rice

When rice is in the menu for lunch , as far as possible I try to go for a one pot meal, for two reasons.....

You can guess the first one....And that is my laziness to make elaborate side dishes separately....And the second one is because of my son...He likes to take rice for his preschool and if it is a one pot meal , it is easy for him to have it with spoon....

Spinach Rice is one of my options for a healthy one pot meal with rice....With this recipe, it is easy for me to make all the nutrients in these rich green leaves go into my loved ones tummies even without their consent...Here is a link which gives an insight to the reasons why we should include this nutrient rich leaves in our daily diet....

Sometimes I add other veggies like carrot, green peas etc to this to make it even more tastier and healthier...But, today I had kept it simple and plain...

Here is the super easy recipe for a tasty n colorful lunch......

  1. White Rice                             -  1 cup [I used Sona masuri.Basmati will be a better option]
  2. Spinach                                  -  1 large bunch [ about 3 cups after chopping ]
  3. Green chillie                          -  1 large
  4. Ginger                                    -  1/2" piece
  5. Mint leaves                           -  a handful [ optional , just to add some flavor ]
  6. Onion                                     -  1 large
  7. Water                                    -  1 1/2 cups
  8. Ghee                                      -  1/2 Tbsp [ Oil also can be used instead ]
  9. Bay leaves                             -  2 Nos
  10. Cardamom pods                   -  3 Nos
  11. Cinnamon                              -  1 small piece
  12. Cloves                                    -   3 Nos
  13. Whole black pepper             -  1 tsp
  14. Salt                                         -  3/4 tsp
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 1/2 hr.
  2. Blend together ingredients 2 to 6 adding 1/2 cup of water and make a smooth puree.
  3. Heat a large pan or pressure cooker pan and add ghee / oil.
  4. Once hot, add ingredients 9 to 13. Saute for a minute until a nice aroma of the spices start coming.
  5. Add the puree from the mixer and keep stirring till the raw smell goes away. For about 10 to 12 mins.
  6. Now add the drained rice to this and stir for another 5 mins.
  7. Add the rest of the water and salt and cook until the rice is done. Adjust water as per the variety of rice and the amount of puree you could get from the spinach.
  8. If you are comfortable with the quantity of water, you can use pressure cooker to do the rice cooking to make things easier.
  9. Once cooked, simply serve and enjoy while it is hot along with some curd / yogurt and pickle.

Wasn't that quite an easy way to enjoy the goodness of these healthy green leaves ??

Note : The recipe serves 2 people

Do try out and Enjoy.....


  1. can feel the freshness of greens..looks yumm

  2. Oh, by this ingredient list & picture, this spinach rice is really flavorful! Nobody will even think of a protein!

  3. wow, i was looking for this dish. bookmarked!!

  4. Wow looks yummy and delicious .... Very tempting clicks ....

  5. What a lovely color! healthy one pot meal!

  6. Healthy and colorful rice..flavorful rice

  7. Wat a healthy,colourful and flavourful rice..

  8. Great way to get all the goodness of spinach in your system!

  9. Thanks for visiting my space.You have a nice blog over here. I like your recipes and I like Your spinach rice too.

  10. First time here...Lovely looking spinach rice with that beautiful twig of mint....


  11. Spinach rice looks yummy, colourful, flavourful and tempting. Very healthy food.

  12. omg!!!..that looks sooo good and tempting...loved the color and presentation

  13. Healthy n yummy ...looks so colourful

  14. Healthy and yummy!! such a quick fix alle..

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  16. lovely spinach rice.. i love greens in anything and everything! the spices are so perfect for this rice!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog!
    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

  17. woohoo...lovely green palak rice. first time here but found great recipes.
    i am following u dear


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