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March 5, 2019

Palak Pulao Recipe in Pressure cooker – Spinach Pulao Recipe | Easy Lunch Box Recipes

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Palak pulao
Palak pulao is an easy, healthy one pot rice variety that can be prepared easily in a pressure cooker under 15 minutes. Indian style Spinach rice can be prepared in many ways. Today I have shared an easy version of palak rice using a pressure cooker. Its a healthy and filling lunch box recipe for kids and adults. I learnt it from my School moms friend Tara. 

This recipe is very similar to my Karnataka style veg palav recipe. To make this palak rice bright green in color, add some turmeric powder and sugar. I have added frozen green peas. You can also add mixed vegetables like carrot, beans, potato, paneer pieces to make this rice more healthy and filling. 

Ok, lets see how to make palak pulao / spinach rice recipe with step by step pictures and a video. 

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Palak pulao recipe

Palak pulao recipe

Palak pulao recipe / Spinach rice using a pressure cooker for lunch box

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Black stone flower / Kalpasi - 1
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Cashew nuts - Few
  • Green peas – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Salt - as needed
  • Lemon juice - few drops
To grind
  • Palak leaves - 1.5 cups
  • Green chilli - 2 to 3
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 5
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion - 1/2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
  1. Wash and chop the palak leaves. Wash and soak Basmtai rice for 15 minutes.
  2. In a mixie jar, grind palak and other ingredients given under “To Grind” to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Saute the spices, onion and cashews.
  4. Saute the palak masala adding sugar and salt. Add peas.
  5. Add water and bring to boil. Add the rice and lemon juice.
  6. Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  7. Open the cooker after steam is released. Fluff the rice and serve with onion raita !
  • Cut the root and stem part of palak leaves/ spinach. Wash it well. Chop roughly and set aside. Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 15 minutes. In the mean time, grind the masala.

  • In a mixie jar, take the palak leaves, cinnamon , cloves, cardamom, ginger, garlic, green chilli, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, big onion and turmeric powder to a smooth paste adding water. Set aside.
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  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute a bayleaf and black stone flower. Add onion and saute till transparent. Add cashews and saute for a minute.
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  • Now add the ground palak masala paste. Saute in medium flame till its raw smell goes off. Add some sugar and required salt. Add frozen green peas and mixed vegetables (if using). Mix well.
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  • Lastly add 1.5 cups of water and sprinkle some lemon juice. Let it come to a roll boil. Taste the water to check the salt and spices.  Now add the soaked rice. Mix gently and close the lid of pressure cooker.
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  • Keep the flame high till steam comes out of the nozzle. As soon as vapor comes out, lower the flame completely and put the weight valve. Pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. It takes nearly 8 to 10 minutes. Switch off the flame. Open the lid after the steam is released. Fluff the rice gently with a fork like ladle. Serve hot with onion raita.
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    Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
  • To retain the green color of rice, add some turmeric powder and sugar.
  • Do not keep the palak puree for long time. Use it as soon as you grind the masala to avoid discoloration.

Easy, yummy, one pot palak pulao is ready, Enjoy !
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