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Palak Biryani|How to make Spinach Biryani
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Palak Biryani|Spinach Biryani

Palak Biryani|Spinach Biryani is a quick, healthy one-pot meal loaded with proteins, fibers, carbs and vitamins all-in-one pot.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, south indian
Keyword biryani recipes, healthy, instant pot, palak, palak biryani, palak recipes, quinoa biryani, spinach biryani, spinach recipes, Vegetarian One-Pot Meals
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 447kcal
Author bhavana

Ingredients

Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)

    Main Ingredients

    For Palak Puree

    • 3 cups Spinach or 1 large bunch of spinach
    • 1/2 cup Mint (pudina)
    • 1/2 cup Cilantro (Coriander leaves)
    • 3 Green chillies

    Whole Spices

    For Garnishing

    • 8-10 fried cashews for garnishing
    • 2 tablespoon fried onions (optional)

    Instructions

    For Making Palak Puree

    • Rinse Palak (spinach leaves) well in water atleast 2 times to remove salt or sand.I prefer buying pre-washed and organic spinach.
    • In a blender ,add chopped palak ,coriander leaves ,pudina ,green chilles .
    • Add very little water and blend to a smooth paste and keep aside.

    For Making Palak Biryani in INSTANT POT

    • Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil and once it’s hot, add whole spices and saute for 30 secs or till aromatic.
    • Then add sliced onions, ginger-garlic paste .Saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn soft and golden brown in color – stir regularly
    • Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes or till tomatoes turn soft.
    • Next add spinach puree ,let it boil for 1-2 minutes.Now add dry spices one by one and stir well.
    • Add rinsed Basmati Rice, water, salt and give a stir .Adjust water appropriately.
    • Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING positio
    • Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK button (High Pressure) and set timer to 5 minutes
    • Wait for Natural Pressure Release(NPR).BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM
    • Remove lid away from you, add lime juice ,garnish with fried onion and cashews and Mix well
    • Palak or Spinach Biryani is ready.Serve with Raita or plain yogurt

    For Making Palak Biryani in INDIAN PRESSURE COOKER

    • Heat a pressure cooker with oil on medium flame, Add oil and once it’s hot, add whole spices and saute for 30 secs or till aromatic.
    • Then add sliced onions, ginger-garlic paste .Saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn soft and golden brown in color – stir regularly.Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes or till tomatoes turn soft.
    • Next add spinach puree ,let it boil for 1-2 minutes.Now add dry spices one by one and stir well.
    • Add rinsed Basmati Rice, water, salt and give a stir .Adjust water appropriately.
    • Close the lid place a whistle and cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.
    • After 10 mins add lime juice ,garnish with fried onion and cashews and Mix well.
    • Palak or Spinach Biryani is ready.Serve with Raita or plain yogurt.

    Notes

    I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT.
    1. Garnishing with fried onions and cashews are purely optional.  Adding few fried Paneer cubes also will taste great.
    2. Grinding the spinach with some coriander leaves and mint leaves is for added flavor. If you don’t have at home, dont worry you can skip them.I always have dried mint powder at home, so when i dont have fresh mint replace with dried mint powder.
    3. You can ghee instead of oil, makes it more rich and flavorful.
    4. If you want to make no onion - no garlic version ,you can skip onion and garlic in this recipe.
    5. I used store brought fried onions for this recipe but you can easily make them at home.Deep fry thinly sliced onion in hot oil until golden. Drain excess oil by placing them on a paper towel.
    6. You can replace 1 cup of water with 1 cup of full fat coconut milk, enhances palak biryani flavor.
    7. Since you adding water for grinding spinach puree so adjust water while making biryani.
    8. If you dont have biryani masala powder then add 1 teaspoon of garam masala powder.
    Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2840IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg