Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Palak Paneer Pulao is a delicious pulao made with combination of spinach and cottage cheese. Both palak and paneer are healthy , pairing it together yields a super delicious and nutritious dish. Trying out different recipes with a healthy twist is what I often do, hence Palak Paneer Pulao made an appearance on my dining table.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Palak/Spinach is very nutritious ,its really necessary to add any kind of green leafy vegetable in our diet regularly as its rich in iron,folic acid and calcium.Its a known fact that people with iron deficiency are recommended to eat green leafy vegetables regularly. It becomes utmost important to include palak in our diet regularly ,so eating palak in the same form may bore anyone, adding diversity to your dish makes it more interesting and palatable. Experiment different dishes from greens and feed your family.

Different Palak Recipes, I often do at home are Palak Paneer, Palak Paneer Bhurji , Aloo Palak , Palak Dal , Spinach Mushroom Soya Cutlets , and our Karnataka special Masida Soppu Saaru .Palak Paneer Pulao is a new addition  😉

Other Pulao and Biryani recipes on blog are Vegetable Pulao ,Tomato Bath , Avarekalu /Surti Papdi Pulao , Ambur Chicken Biryani  and Chicken Done Biryani.

Palak Paneer Pulao

Palak Paneer Pulao

Rice Cooked with Spinach Puree , Cottage Cheese and Spices .
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Author :Muktha H S
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keywords: Biryani, Pulao, Rice Varities
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings (change the number to scale) : 6 People
Calories: 232


Measurement Cup SIze =200 Ml

  • 2 Cups Basmathi Rice
  • 250 grams Palak /Spinach
  • 3 Green chillies
  • 200 grams Paneer /Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Pudina /Mint leaves
  • 3 Onions Medium size
  • 1 Tomato large size
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Fennel Powder / Saunf Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 10 Cashews Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Raisines Optional
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt or as required

Whole Spices

  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 4 Green Cardamom
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 2 " inch Cinnamon Sticks
  • 4 Cloves
  • 2 Strands Mace
  • 1/2 Tsp Stone Flower/ Dagad Phool
  • 1/2 Tsp Shahi Jeera
  • 2 Marathi Moggu optional


  • Soak rice for 15 minutes ,drain water and keep it aside.
  • Blanch Spinach in hot water ,add salt,drain water and keep it aside to cool. 
  • Take a mixer ,add  spinach , green chillies and blend well to get puree.Measure the puree in cup and keep it aside. 
  • Heat Oil and ghee in a thick bottom pan ,add 1/4 cup sliced onions ,fry well to brown ,add raisins and cashews fry till golden colour.
  • Remove fried onions, raisins and cashews with the help of slotted spoon and reserve it for garnishing.
  • In the same pan,add all the whole spices,fry well till spices leaves flavours to oil.
  • Add sliced onions ,ginger garlic paste and fry well,till the raw smell goes off.
  • Now add paneer cubes, and fry well until slight golden in colour.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and fry well. 
  • Add all the dry spice powders and fry well along with tomatoes until well blend
  • Add the prepared palak puree and mix well.
  • Add drained rice ,mix well with puree and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Now add 3 cups of  hot water,salt and continue to cook till done,it may take around  12-15 minutes .
  • Once done ,add chopped coriander leaves ,lemon juice and mix well.
  • Garnish with fried onions ,raisins ,cashews and serve hot with Aloo Raita.
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  • Measure the quantity of spinach puree using measuring cup ,so that you can adjust water content accordingly to cook rice. My spinach puree measured 1 Cup so i added only 3 cups of water for rice to get cooked.
  • Add Hot water for cooking rice.
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Step By Step Directions on making of Palak Paneer Pulao :

Soak rice for 15 minutes ,drain water and keep it aside.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Blanch Spinach in hot water and salt,drain water. Add green chilies to spinach and puree it in a mixer.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe
Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Heat oil and ghee in a thick bottom pan or a pot. Now add in all the whole spices,cashews and raisins.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Add shredded onions, pudeena / mint leaves and fry well till onions are translucent.  Now add giner garlic paste fry well.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

For this add paneer cubes and saute for a minute. Add tomatoes and fry well till raw smell goes off.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Mix in red chilli powder, coriander powder and saunf/fennel powder and fry well.  Add spinach puree ** (See Note) and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Now add rice,mix well and fry on medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe
Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Add  hot water ,salt ,close the lid and cook till done.

Palak Paneer Pulao Recipe

Finally add lemon juice  and coriander leaves ,serve hot with raita.

Palak Paneer Pulao

Featured Image is updated on 15 /08/2018

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