Spinach Rice in a cast-iron pan topped with lemon slices
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Spinach Rice Recipe (Instant Pot & Stovetop)

Spinach Rice cooked in the instant pot or stovetop as a one-pot recipe. Aromatic basmati rice, with spinach and spices, make this Spinach Rice flavorful and healthy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Mediterranean
Keyword: palak rice, spanakorizo, spinach rice
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Servings: 4
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Meeta Arora




  • Rinse the rice and soaking for 20 minutes. Then drain and keep aside.
  • Start the pressure cooker in sauté mode and heat oil in it. Then add the whole spices such as bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  • Then add chopped onions, garlic and sauté for 2-3 mins.
  • Now add the spices and stir them in with the onions. Turn off sauté mode, so that the spices don’t burn the bottom of the pot.
  • Add chopped spinach and mix it.
  • Add rice, water and mix well. Press down, so most of the rice is under water. Close lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook mode for 5 minutes on low pressure. When the pressure cooker beeps, do a 5 minute NPR, which means let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then manually release the pressure by turning the vale to venting position.
  • Add lime juice and fluff the rice with a fork. Let it sit uncovered for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

To cook on Stovetop

  • Heat a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium-high heat. Follow the instructions to sauté everything, add spinach, rice, water. Bring to a boil and cover the pot. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Open the lid, add lime juice and fluff rice with a fork. Let it sit, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Serve & enjoy!



Created: This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker and in the 6qt Mealthy Multipot.
Whole Spices: Adding whole spices is optional.  You can enjoy this Spinach Rice even if you don't have all the whole spices in your pantry.
Reduce Spice: Skip the red chili powder. 


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3425IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1.7mg