Spinach rice

Blogging Marathon #140 Week 2, Day 3
Theme: Easy Dinner Ideas

This recipe is from Pavani’s Instant Pot cookbook. I have made this recipe multiple times now but unfortunately this is only picture I haven taken of this dish so far. It’s from a long way back when I first tried the recipe. Reminds me that I really have to get into clicking pictures the next time I prepare it.

Whenever I buy spinach I have this big ideas of making this and that but more often than not, I end up making this rice with it. I usually double this recipe since i usually buy 16oz/450gm packets of spinach. The flavors are the simple, basic taste of garlic and chilies with a dash of lemon juice with spinach being the star. The reicpe mentions one tablespoon of lemon juice but sometimes I add a little more. No ground spices/ masalas at all. I really love this recipe and it’s one of my go to recipes especially when we have guests with young kids coming over.

Here is the recipe below.


  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil/butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 green chili, minced (or to taste)
  • 8 oz spinach, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, lemon juice per taste


  • Wash, rinse and soak the rice in 2 cups water. Set aside. Prep the veggies.
  • Press Sauté mode in your Instant pot. Add butter or oil to the inner pot. When it is hot, sauté onion, garlic and green chilies for a minute or two till onions turn pink. Scrape the bottom of the pan to ensure nothing is sticking/burnt.
  • Add everything else, including rice and the water in which it’s soaked. Mix well. Cover with the lid. Cook in Manual/ Pressure cook mode for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure 10 minutes after the timer goes off on your IP. Alternatively, use Rice mode to cook and let the steam release naturally.
  • Serve with yogurt or dal on the side.


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