Spinach Pulao/Palak Pulao

Spinach Pulao/Palak Pulao


  • Rice ~ 2 cups
  • Veggies, chopped – potatoes, cauliflower, peas, carrots ~ 2 cups
  • Onion, sliced lengthwise ~ 1/2 cup
  • Cumin ~ 1 tsp.
  • Cloves ~ 4
  • Bay leaves ~ 2
  • Cinnamon bark ~ 1
  • Salt ~ to taste
  • Ghee/Oil ~ 2 Tbsp.
  • Water ~ 3 1/2 cups

For the paste:

  • Spinach ~ 2 cups
  • Cilantro ~ 1/2 cup
  • Ginger-garlic paste ~ 1 Tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds ~ 1 tsp.
  • Green chillies ~ to taste
  • Water ~ 1/2 cup


  • Blend all the items under the “For the paste” section to a smooth consistency.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the ghee/oil, and once hot, add the cumin seeds followed by the cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves.
  • Add the onions once the cumin seeds start popping, and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Now mix in the chopped veggies and fry this for a couple more minutes.
  • To this, add the blended paste, rice, salt and fry well for about 3 -4 minutes. This is important in order to ensure that the cooked rice grains don’t stick to one another.
  • Finally add the water, close the lid and let it cook for 3 whistles.


  • Cilantro leaves in the paste can be replaced with mint, or both can be added to get a more enhanced flavor.

Recipe Source Aayi’s Recipes


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