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Palak Pulao (Spinach Rice Pilaf)

Pulao is a rice dish that served in every region of India, typically for special occasions and weddings. Palak (spinach) is the main vegetable used in this pulao. For more recipes, visit
  Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Small
  Bay leaves 2
  Basmati rice/Long grain rice 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander 1 Teaspoon
  Fresh baby spinach 6 Ounce

1. Melt half the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and bay leaves. Stir occasionally until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
2. Add rice and stir occasionally until rice turns whitish, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Add water and ¼ teaspoon salt and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then cover the pot tightly with a lid and cook for about 20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
4. While the rice is cooking, melt the remaining half of the butter in another pan over medium heat. Add the cumin and coriander. Stir occasionally until spices being to sizzle and give off an aroma.
5. Add chopped spinach and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir occasionally until spinach cooks down, about 5 minutes.
6. When rice is done cooking, remove from heat and set aside (keep lid on) for about 10 minutes to allow rice to set.
7. Add spinach to rice and mix to combine.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Everyday, Party, Healthy, Quick
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Spinach Rice Pilaf

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 311 Calories from Fat 34

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4 g6%

Saturated Fat 2.1 g10.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 8.1 mg2.7%

Sodium 287.4 mg12%

Total Carbohydrates 61 g20.5%

Dietary Fiber 3.2 g12.7%

Sugars 1.9 g

Protein 7 g13.2%

Vitamin A 62.5% Vitamin C 26.4%

Calcium 9.1% Iron 13.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

1 Comment

Radzie's picture
I haven't yet tried the palak version of Pulao, although the muttar (green peas), mixed vegetable and egg versions of mine have been big hit at home. This recipe sounds impressive and spinach being highly nutritious, think shoud give this a try too! :)
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