Palak & Paneer Pulav

Its a first day of the New Year!! Wishing all my blog readers a very Happy New Year!

Has it ever been the case that you are wondering that I need to eat something different? You want to get a change from the routine? But at the same time want it to be simple…

A few days ago this is what my state of mind was. It was rainy and cloudy outside on a weekend, didn’t feel like eating outside, so ended up scavenging my refrigerator to find something to cook quick. Found loads of unused spinach. Now that shows how much I love eating spinach :-). Always try to get away from it. This time thought of  using it as my main ingredient for making a Pulav & enhancing its taste by adding Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) as the other ingredient. So ended up with something different and rich in iron too :-).

Doesn’t take too long to cook. Sharing it with you all to try it out.


Finely Chopped Spinach – 2 cups

Basmati Rice – 1 cup (washed and soaked in water)

Paneer – 7 oz (thaw it completely. Cut into cubes of size you desire)

1 Medium sized Tomato (finely chopped)

1 small red Onion (finely chopped)

1 tbsp ginger (grated)

1 tsp garlic (grated)

1 tsp green chillies (finely chopped)

2 tbsp yogurt (whisked & @ room temperature)

2 tbsp Oil

3-4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

2 Large cardamom

2 Bay leaves

1 tbsp Cumin Seeds

2 tbsp Coriander powder

1 tsp Turmeric powder

Salt to taste

Red Chili Powder to taste

1 tbsp Kitchen King Masala (optional)


  1. Cook the rice separately (in a rice cooker or boiling it) and let it to cool down.
  2. In a pan sprinkle some oil and roast the Paneer cubes till golden brown on both sides.
  3. In a wok add the oil. Once its heated add the dry spices cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick.
  4. Once they start to splatter, add ginger, garlic and green chilies. Saute it till light brown.
  5. Then add in the finely chopped onion. Saute the onions till they turn golden brown in color.
  6. Now add in coriander powder, turmeric powder & red chili powder. Roast this for a minute or so.
  7. Now toss in the tomatoes & spinach cook till the oil leaves the sides.
  8. Once this is cooked add in the yogurt & salt to taste and simmer it for 2 minutes.
  9. Turn of the gas stove. Add in the roasted Paneer  & cooked rice and toss it in the mixture lightly.
  10. Sprinkle some Kitchen King Masala and mix well.

The Pulav is ready to be savored :-). Bon Appetite!

Serving Suggestions:

  • This Pulav could be eaten just by itself as it isn’t too dry
  • Savor this with plain Yogurt or any kind of Raita

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