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Steel bowl with spinach pulao

Basic Home-Style Pulao

A very simple yet delicious pulav flavored with whole spices and spinach. A great side dish to any Indian meal.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice, rinsed and drained
  • teaspoons Ghee
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2" Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Small Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 cup Chopped Spinach
  • cups Water
  • To taste Powdered rock salt


  • Soak basmati rice for 10 minutes.
    1 cup Basmati Rice, rinsed and drained
  • Heat ghee in a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot. Add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamoms, cumin seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter, add onion and garlic. Once the onions turn translucent, add chopped spinach and sauté for 2 minutes.
    1½ teaspoons Ghee, 1 Bay leaf, 2" Cinnamon Stick, 2 Cloves, 2 Cardamoms, 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds, 1 Small Onion, thinly sliced, 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced, 1 cup Chopped Spinach
  • Next add the drained rice and water. Season with salt. Pressure cook for 1 whistle. or for 5 minutes on High pressure. Allow the steam to settle down completely. Gently fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.
    1½ cups Water, To taste Powdered rock salt


  • Substitute spinach with beets, carrot, cabbage, corn, methi, green peas or any combination of these.
  • If you think, whole spices are a hindrance while eating, substitute with garam masala.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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