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Spinach Rice

Spinach rice is an Indian style rice dish and pulao prepared with spinach and tomatoes.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author usha


  • 1 ½ tablespoon Oil
  • 2 Cardamoms
  • 1 Cloves
  • ½ teaspoon Shahjeera
  • Bay Leaf
  • Biryani Flower
  • ¼ “ Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Methi Powder opt
  • 5 Mint Leaves chopped
  • ½ small Onion sliced
  • 3 Green Chillies slit into 2
  • ¾ teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 3 oz or 2 cups of chopped Spinach
  • pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • 1 small Tomato chopped about ⅔ - ¾ cup when chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Salt adjust to taste
  • 1 cups of Basmati Rice soaked in water for ½ hour
  • Cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Add cardamoms, cloves, shah jeera, cinnamon, bay leaf, biryani flower, mint leaves and methi powder.
  • Fry until mint leaves change color. Then add onion and fry till translucent.
  • Add green chillies, ginger garlic paste fry for a minute.
  • Add chopped spinach and cook for a minute or two until spinach wilts. Add tomatoes, salt and cook until soft and juices evaporate.
  • Add turmeric powder, rice and fry for a minute.
  • Add 1 ½ cups of water (rice to water ratio of 1 : 1 ½ ) and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cook until rice is done.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with raita or any gravy of your choice.


  • Electric Rice Cooker - Follow the above process and cook everything in a frying pan. After sauteeing rice, transfer to a rice cooker, add water, cilantro and turn the cooker on.
  • Instant Pot - Follow above process. Saute spices, spinach, tomato and rice on 'Saute' mode. Hit 'Cancel', close the lid, vent sealed, press 'Pressure Cook/ Manual' and adjust the time to 4 minutes. Then do a quick release after 6 minutes.