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SPINACH RICE | PALAK RICE

mayurisjikoni
Spinach Rice is a healthy, tasty and easy rice recipe. An excellent way to get the family to enjoy spinach. Add vegetables of your choice and make it into a meal with some plain yogurt, papad and pickle or salad on the side. I actually use up leftover rice to make this Indian style Spinach Rice.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups cooked rice or leftover rice
  • 1 cup spinach puree thick
  • ½ cup bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 1 cup sweet corn cooked
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 whole cardamom
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala or biryani masala
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup cashew nut pieces roasted

Instructions
 

  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee or oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds to it. When they splutter, add the whole spices.
  • Stri fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the onions.
  • Saute the onions till they turn light pink in colour.
  • Add  garlic and saute for a few seconds. Add the ginger and chilli paste.
  • Add the cashew nuts.
  • Add the diced bell pepper and mix. Allow the bell pepper to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the spinach puree. Burn off any extra water by turning the heat on high flame for a 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat.
  • Add the corn, turmeric powder, salt and garam masala or biryani masala. Mix well.
  • Add the cooked rice and gently mix it. Allow it to become hot.
  • If you want to serve it with cheese, add grated cheese and cover the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Alternately, remove the rice into a baking tray, sprinkle grated cheese and broil for a minute or two or till the cheese melts.
  • Serve hot with yogurt, pickle,papad, salad or on its own.

Notes

  • I prefer using ghee as it gives a nice aroma and taste to the rice.
  • To prepare the spinach puree, add washed spinach leaves to the hot water in a pan. Allow the spinach to wilt for 2-3 minutes. Remove the wilted leaves from the water with a slotted spoon. Allow it to cool a bit. Puree in the food processor without any water.
  • Can serve the rice without the cheese with kadhi.  Check out the kadhi recipe.
  • Check out the biryani spice mixture.
Keyword palak rice, spinach rice, spinach rice Indian style