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Palak Chawal ~ Spinach Rice

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There are probably a dozen ways to prepare spinach rice. This particular recipe is very simple, flavorful and quick to make. Mildly spiced with warm flavors, this green colored rice makes for a lovely one pot meal. I have also added lightly sauteed paneer. You can eat with raita or any curry of your choice.

Palak Chawal ~ Spinach Rice

Palak Chawal Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups long grained rice

large bunch of spinach, wash thoroughly, blanch for 3 mts, strain and puree

1/2 cup lightly sauteed paneer cubes (optional)

1 large onion, finely sliced

1/2 tbsp oil + 1 1/2 tbsps ghee or butter

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

whole garam masala (4 cloves, 1″ cinnamom, 1 elachi, 1 star anise, 1 bay leaf)

1/4 cup curd/yogurt

1/2 tsp sugar

salt to taste

Coarsely crush (do not make a paste):

1 1/2 tbsps chopped coriander leaves

1 tbsp chopped pudina leaves

3 green chillis

1 Heat oil+ghee in a cooking vessel, add whole spices and bay leaf and saute for a few seconds. Add the sliced onions and sugar saute for 4 mts. Add the ginger garlic paste and crushed coriander-pudina-green chillis and saute further for 5 mts. Add the spinach puree and cook further for another 8-10 mts. Add yogurt and combine and allow to cook for a mt, stirring constantly.
2 Add the washed rice and saute for 2 mts. Add 3 1/2 cups water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add paneer cubes (if using), cover with lid and cook till rice is done.
3 Serve hot with raita or any curry of your choice.

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By • Feb 9th, 2010 • Category: All Recipes, Green Leafy Vegetables, Indian Rice recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, Lunch Box Recipes

  • Cilantro

    Love spinach and that is the only greens we get most of the times here. I find ways to cook them in different ways. Just made this rice for the weekend a little different though.

  • Madhuri

    Quick and easy lunch box recipe , Thanks for sharing.

  • swathi

    Hello Sailu Garu,

    Nice recipe, My dad likes spinach a lot, i will prepare this 4 my dad.

  • Sowjanya

    Hi Sailu garu,

    Lovely Recipe. I have been following ur website for quite some time now.
    I have tried out many of ur dishes since i am just married and new to cooking ;-).

    My husband is in praise of the dishes and i should really thank u for that.

    Keep rocking.

  • kalyani

    hi sailu
    thanks for adding new recipes
    thats very nice to prepare

  • Mini

    Tasty and healthy!

  • AshaLatha R K Prasad

    That looks totally yummilicious!!!!! Loved those paneer chunks used to deck up the prep…….


  • kovida

    Sounds like a healthy variety…will try soon.


  • Roja

    Hi Sailu garu,

    I have a success story to share which came only from your palak chawal post.
    My kid, who is 3yrs old refuses to take any leafy veggies loved palak chawal like anything. I’m so surprised and more than happy when she got up from her afternoon nap and asked for rice (Palak chawal) again instead of regular fruit snack. I’m so happy to share this with you and thankful tooooooo.

    So happy for you, Roja. :)

  • Roja

    Forgot to mention in earlier, I replaced paneer cubes with bombay chic peas. :)

  • swetha

    Hi Sailu, I want to try this recepie, but I have one doubt. What is meant by ‘BLANCH’. How to do it with spinach. please let me know.

    Boil a liter of water and place the spinach in the hot water and cook for 3 mts. Turn off heat and pour cold water over the spinach. Bring to room temp and make a paste.

  • mrudula

    hi sailu,
    i made this rice for lunch today… it came out so well.. my husband was full of praises for me… so very thanx to u for posting this recipe for us. will try ur mint pulao very soon…
    keep up the good work..

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  • Kalyani

    I used green peas instead of paneer. it tasted very good.

  • Lakshmi Canteen

    I tried this spinach rice so many times. Its a wonderful recipe. Thanks a lot Sailu di..

  • Vipruta Vagadiya

    i tried ths palak rice n it was awesum..really good recipe ..nn now i m searching for more veg recipes on ur site..good work

  • Vipruta Vagadiya

    can u plz tell me d difference between US measuring cup n indian?
    as i hv a cup wh measures 200 ml as full cup,but US cup measures 240 ml..m confuse wh to use?

  • Vipruta Vagadiya

    can u plz tell me d difference between US measuring cup n indian?
    as i hv a cup wh measures 200 ml as full cup,but US cup measures 240 ml..m confuse wh to use?

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  • swetha

    with curd how it taste ??? can we do without curd and sugar… my husband and me like very spicy ….

  • swetha

    with curd how it taste ??? can we do without curd and sugar… my husband and me like very spicy ….

  • Telugammayi87

    Very tasty! Made this last night with a chicken curry! :)

  • Rajani

    Oh my god it’s tooooooooooooo good

  • Melissa McCurley

    This looks much easier than the one at which I tried (and failed) last night. I purchased a garam masala blend (already ground). How much should I use?

    Thank you,

  • ann

    very easy and tasty thank you.