One-Pot Meals: Vegan Spinach Rice (Palak Rice)

Updated on December 17, 2019
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I like to cook and eat natural, healthy, and tasty foods. I use minimal oil and don't use artificial colors or preservatives in my cooking.

Vegan spinach rice (or palak rice).
Vegan spinach rice (or palak rice).

An Awesome Combo of Spinach and Kidney Beans

Making a wholesome meal for the family is sometimes a challenging task. Who likes to eat the same old thing, even if it is healthy? If you want to try a new dish, you can choose this hassle-free spinach rice recipe. This also makes a great to-go lunch that you can put in a lunchbox.

One-pot spinach rice is a contemporary dish that is delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. The addition of kidney beans is an added attraction of this yummy dish.

It took me only about 35 minutes to make. I served it with a yogurt-based cucumber-onion-tomato raita (you can use vegan yogurt). It was just fantastic!

A big bowl of vegan spinach rice.
A big bowl of vegan spinach rice.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup white raw rice (I used Sona masoori rice.)
  • 4 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 small cup kidney beans (rajma), soaked in water for 10 hours or overnight
  • 2 heaped bowls spinach (palak), finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons rasam powder or curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons oil (If you don't want it to be vegan, use 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and 1 teaspoon ghee.)
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak the rice in fresh water. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker base or in a skillet. I used a pressure cooker. Add the minced garlic. Saute till it gets golden and aromatic.
  3. Add the chopped onions. Saute for a minute. Add the tomatoes. Stir-cook for 4 to 5 minutes or till they are soft.
  4. Add the rice and soaked kidney beans. Continue stir-cooking for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Throw in the chopped spinach leaves. Add salt. Mix well. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Now add all the spices, such as curry powder or rasam powder, red chili powder, and garam masala powder. Combine well with the other ingredients.
  7. Add 3 glasses of water. Adjust the salt. Stir well. Bring the mix to a boil. Cook it for 4 to 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  8. Now, close the cooker lid and place the weight. Keep the flame on high. Cook up to 2 whistles. Reduce the flame and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the stove.
  9. Open the lid when the entire pressure releases from the cooker naturally. Gently mix it once with a fork. Now, your favorite spinach rice is ready to serve.
  10. Eat it hot with a yogurt-based cucumber-onion raita. Enjoy the heavenly taste!

Noteworthy Tip:

If you don't want to keep the spinach rice vegan, use 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil and 1 teaspoon of ghee instead of using only oil. The ghee enhances the flavor.

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Step one: Keep the ingredients ready.Step two: Heat oil in a pressure cooker base or skillet. Add minced garlic. Saute till they turn golden. Add chopped onions. Saute till they are transparent.Step three: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook for 4 to 5 minutes or till they are soft.Step four: Add rice and kidney beans. Mix well with the other ingredients in the cooker. Cook for two minutes.Step five: Add chopped spinach. Continue mixing and cooking for a while.Mixing and cooking the spinach.Step six: Add curry powder or rasam powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt.Step seven: Mix well while cooking for a minute.Step eight: Add 3 glasses of water. Adjust the salt. Cook the mix for 5 to 6 minutes while stirring often. Close the cooker lid. Place the weight. Cook up to 2 whistles and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the stove.Step nine: When the entire pressure releases naturally, open the cooker lid. Gently mix it with a fork. Your spinach rice is now ready to serve.Step ten: Serve hot spinach rice with cucumber-onion raita or any other yogurt-based raita. Happy eating!
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready.
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready.
Step two: Heat oil in a pressure cooker base or skillet. Add minced garlic. Saute till they turn golden. Add chopped onions. Saute till they are transparent.
Step two: Heat oil in a pressure cooker base or skillet. Add minced garlic. Saute till they turn golden. Add chopped onions. Saute till they are transparent.
Step three: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook for 4 to 5 minutes or till they are soft.
Step three: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook for 4 to 5 minutes or till they are soft.
Step four: Add rice and kidney beans. Mix well with the other ingredients in the cooker.
Step four: Add rice and kidney beans. Mix well with the other ingredients in the cooker.
Cook for two minutes.
Cook for two minutes.
Step five: Add chopped spinach. Continue mixing and cooking for a while.
Step five: Add chopped spinach. Continue mixing and cooking for a while.
Mixing and cooking the spinach.
Mixing and cooking the spinach.
Step six: Add curry powder or rasam powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt.
Step six: Add curry powder or rasam powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt.
Step seven: Mix well while cooking for a minute.
Step seven: Mix well while cooking for a minute.
Step eight: Add 3 glasses of water. Adjust the salt. Cook the mix for 5 to 6 minutes while stirring often. Close the cooker lid. Place the weight. Cook up to 2 whistles and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the stove.
Step eight: Add 3 glasses of water. Adjust the salt. Cook the mix for 5 to 6 minutes while stirring often. Close the cooker lid. Place the weight. Cook up to 2 whistles and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the stove.
Step nine: When the entire pressure releases naturally, open the cooker lid. Gently mix it with a fork. Your spinach rice is now ready to serve.
Step nine: When the entire pressure releases naturally, open the cooker lid. Gently mix it with a fork. Your spinach rice is now ready to serve.
Step ten: Serve hot spinach rice with cucumber-onion raita or any other yogurt-based raita. Happy eating!
Step ten: Serve hot spinach rice with cucumber-onion raita or any other yogurt-based raita. Happy eating!

Nutritional Information for Spinach Rice

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 172
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 22 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
5 stars for One-Pot Vegan Spinach Rice or Palak Rice

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