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by Jeyashri suresh

Spinach rice| Palak rice | Palak pulao, is an easy and healthy one pot meal and quite perfect for kids lunch box too. If your kids are not eating spinach in other forms like kootu, masiyal, poriyal, you can make this interesting and healthy palak pulao for them. We all liked it very much and my kids loved it though. Check out my other Lunch box recipes. Stay tuned for diwali recipes from next post


Palak pulao

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |   Serves : 4-5

    Palak| Spinach   1 cup (loosely packed)
    Basmati rice   1 and 1/2 cup
   Coriander leaves   little
  Green chili  1-2
  Potato   1  (optional)
  Green Peas   1/4 cup
  Onion   1
  Garlic   2 pods
  Coconut   1 tblsp (optional)
  Bay leaf    1
  Oil    1 tblsp
  Salt    as needed   


  • Wash the rice and soak it in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes.
  • Wash the spinach and the  coriander leaves. Chop the onions lengthwise and peel the skin of the potato(if using) and cut them into cubes.
  • In a pan add few drops of oil and saute the palak, green chili, coriander leaves. Do not saute for a long time. ensure not to change the colour.
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  • Grind this palak mixture along with coconut(if adding) into a fine paste. If needed add very little water.
  • In a pressure cooker add oil and add the bay leaf and add the onions. Cook the onions till they turn translucent.
  • Add in the cubed potatoes and peas. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
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  • Add the ground spinach paste to this and saute for a minute. Add salt to this.
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  • Add the soaked rice by keeping the water aside. Saute the rice for a minute and add in the water.
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  • Cover the lid and cook till one whistle. Keep the flame in very small for 10 minutes and switch it off. Once the pressure is released, fluff it up with fork.


  • Spinach pulao | palak pulao is ready to serve. You can have with any raitha or vadams too.


  1. You can add carrots too to make it colourful.
  2. Small piece of ginger can be used while grinding.
  3. You can add cardamom while adding bay leaf to enhance the flavour.
  4. Coriander leaves can be replaced with mint leaves.
  5. Peas can be replaced with handful of soaked chick peas.

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MonuTeena RecipesPassion October 1, 2014 - 7:48 am

very tempting recipe 🙂 easy to make best for lunch

MonuTeena RecipesPassion October 1, 2014 - 7:52 am

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Full Scoops October 1, 2014 - 9:20 am

Looks absolutely fantastic!

nandoos Kitchen October 1, 2014 - 1:07 pm


anusha praveen October 1, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Kids are never interested in masiyal or kootu. They love pulao and this is such a convenient dish to pack off in a lunch box.

Ramya Manja October 2, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Palak pulav looks sooper delicious....I just want to know what is the procedure get sooper grainy Basumathi rice..Mine always looks

Sowmya October 7, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Palak pulav looks so yummy... am gonna try it tomorrow Thanks jeyashri.

Kumar Garikipati April 5, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Awesome dish.. I found Palak Soup Recipe too interesting... Nice work..

shyla November 26, 2015 - 11:59 am

Thanx for sharing d recipe... Today I prepared palak pulao... Added ginger garlic paste and cashewnuts.. It tastes delicious...

sangeeta March 22, 2016 - 12:55 am

Looks yummy!! I am preparing it NOW for my kids' lunch box

kranthi 3k June 6, 2016 - 5:01 am

What about the water level

jeyashri suresh June 30, 2016 - 2:52 am

3 cups of water for 1 and 1/2 cup rice. I have mentioned it in the recipe too

Banu August 14, 2016 - 8:13 am

Tried this for my 20 months old son... Deliciously yummy... Thank u 🙂

Raji Aravind September 14, 2016 - 5:57 am

Is that boiled potatoes sister?

jeyashri suresh September 14, 2016 - 1:15 pm

No raw potatoes. They get cooked while making he pulao

Raman Kannan October 5, 2016 - 6:21 pm

I tried this recipe,its yummy and my kid liked this pulao


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