August 26, 2014

Palak pulav recipe - Spinach pulao

spinach-pulav-in plate
Palak pulav recipe -  Today I am going to share with you all a very simplest, easiest and yummy palak pulao recipe. In India varieties of pulao is made using various vegetables and this pulao is one of them.  It is a healthy one pot meal made with well known leafy vegetable spinach in combination with rice. 

It is a perfect dish to make when you are running out of time to prepare so many things on busy days or in the morning rush, or you have unexpected guests .This is an ideal rice dish that you can pack  in the lunch box along with spicy side dish. 

Though its a very simple dish with few basic ingredients, its a complete meal in itself and fills the stomach. You can add other vegetables such as green peas, carrots, ivy gourds, potatoes and  you will get another version of tasty pulao. Check out other pulao and biryani varietiesTry and enjoy this delicious pulao with your favorite side dish. 

Preparation time - 15 minutes
Cooking time - 20  minutes
Serves 3 - 4

  • 1 cup basmati rice ( or any rice)
  • 2 cups boiled water
  • 1 bunch spinach leaves / palak
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 ½  tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp ghee ( optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Salt as required

To grind
  • 6 -7 cloves garlic / lasun
  • 1/6" ginger / adrak
  • 1 green chilly / hari miirch

For the tempering
  • 4 cloves / lavang
  • 1/4 " cinnamon / dalchini

  1. Wash the rice and soak it for 20 minutes.  Make sure to soak the rice at least 15 minutes. 
  2. In the meantime, chop the onion and tomato.  Grind the ginger, garlic and green chilli with little bit of water and set aside.

1.  Pinch off the stems of spinach and wash them thoroughly.  Chop the spinach and keep it aside.
chopped palak for palak pulao recipe

2.  Heat the oil and add the cloves and cinnamon pieces. Add the onion and fry till translucent. Then add the tomatoes and  saute for 2 minutes.
fried onion and tomato for palak pulao recipe

3.  Add the spinach and  saute for 2 -3 minutes.
 palak added for palak pulao recipe

4.  Add the garam masala, chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt. Squeeze a lemon in it.
masala added for palak pulao recipe

5.  Mix well and stir to combine.
palak mixed  for palak pulao recipe

 6.  Drain the soaked rice and add. Stir to combine.
rice added for palak pulao recipe

7.  Add 2 cups of boiled water and mix well with a spoon. Now you can add 1 tsp of ghee to it.
boiled water added for  palak pulao recipe

8.  Cover with lid and cook it on a medium flame for 5 minutes. Then on low flame till the water dries up completely.
cook covered for  palak pulao recipe

 9.  When it is done, remove from the heat, add the chopped cilantro and mix well.
palak pulao is ready to serve now.

10.  Serve palak pulao with choice of your favorite side dish. I served it with cucumber raita and sprouted chavli usal.
palak pulao with raita and usli in serving plate.


  1. Looks very delicious! Great lunch box idea!

  2. Delicious and healthy palak pulao, looks inviting.

  3. Wow! looks so inviting and delicious!


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