Spinach Rice

18 Jan

Palakura Annam.

Oil is tempered with whole garam masala and onion is cooked in it. Spinach is chopped and added to the tempered oil along with garbanzo. Soaked rice is added to the pot and cooked in equal parts of milk and water. Spinach rice is finished with garam masala and served hot with raita.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Spinach Rice.


Basmati Rice 1 1/2 cups
Spinach 2 Cups Packed
Boiled Garbanzo / Chickpeas 1/2 Cup
Onion 1 Large
Green Chillies 3
Ginger 1 1/2 inch piece
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Caraway Seeds 1/4 tsp
Green Cardamom 2
Cloves 3
Cinnamon 1 inch stick
Bay Leaf 1
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder 1/4 tsp
Milk 1 Cup
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbsps

Method of preparation:

Soak the rice in water for half an hour and strain the rice.
Wash and finely chop spinach leaves.
Peel, wash and slice the onions.
Remove stems, wash and slit green chillies into two.
Peel, wash and mince the ginger.

Heat oil in a deep heavy bottomed pan, add cumin seeds, caraway seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.
When seeds start to change color, add sliced onion, minced ginger and green chillies.
When onion turns translucent, add spinach, red chile powder, coriander powder and salt.
Once spinach wilts, add the soaked basmati rice and fry again for couple of seconds.
Add garbanzo, milk and 1 1/2 cups of water to the rice pot.
Stir once and cook covered till all the water has been absorbed by the rice.
Alternatively, pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Sprinkle garam masala on top and serve spinach rice with raita of your choice.
Notes: Make sure rice is cooked right.

Suggestions: If the rice is not cooked properly, add few splashes of water to it and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: You can swap garbanzo with fresh peas.
Other Names: Spinach Rice, Palak Baath, Palakura Annam.

15 Responses to “Spinach Rice”

  1. suma January 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    let me know ,what is Spinach ?

  2. pooja January 20, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    looks yummy…!! a very nutritious dish…!!!!

  3. Ravindra Kamath January 20, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    Hi Suma

    Spianch means Palak. Green Leafy Vegetable. Even Popaye gets musule power by eating Spinach.

  4. Surbhi January 20, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Why milk is added in rice? What’s the reason of adding milk in the rice.

  5. Eva January 25, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    What are caraway seeds?

  6. Christy Gerald January 31, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Wow,yet another great recipe.I;m waiting to try this one.-Christy Gerald.

  7. indira March 4, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    would have been nice if it was not like fried rice. except for spinach and chana, everything else made this taste like fried rice/biryani.

  8. Jyotsna March 13, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    What are caraway seeds?

  9. Jyotsna March 13, 2010 at 3:06 am #

    What is Garbanzo / Chickpeas?

  10. andrea June 11, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    absolutly delicious made this yesterday… going to make it again soon .

  11. vimla poonia December 5, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    cooked by me yesterday. my family liked it very much. thanks for a nice recepie.

  12. Neha Sharma December 27, 2010 at 3:54 am #

    Its a deligious Dish. Thanks

  13. Kassim March 31, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    I have made coriander leaf rice somewhat similar
    manner. Sure I am going to try your recipe. Thanks.

  14. mrinzi June 2, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    caraway seeds means ajwain seeds.

  15. sandi June 4, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    too good rajji

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