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Simple Spinach Rice

Simple Spinach Rice

I eat my spinach in many different ways -- see my Healthy Palak Paneer recipe -- and I even make Spinach Rice in many different ways. Spinach can be too boring if you eat it plain! so make it more flavorful with spices and herbs such as those below.

The key to cooking any leafy green, especially spinach, is to not overcook it. The right timing preserves its nutritional goodness and its color. We most often make this Spinach Rice as a simple but flavorful side dish.

I used:

4 cups roughly chopped, washed baby spinach
1 cup rice, cooked
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 bay leaves
2 small cloves roughly chopped garlic
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (optional, we like a bit of a kick!)
salt to taste

My method:

1. Make plain, white rice -- right before you cook the spinach.
2. In a medium pan, sauté the cumin and bay leaves.
3. Once they sizzle for few seconds, add the garlic and toss it around, without letting it burn.
4. Add the spinach, then add the rest of the spices and salt.
5. Let the spinach cook for 3-4 minutes, without letting it overcook or wilt too much.
6. In a big mixing bowl, toss the rice and spinach together lightly. Adjust the seasoning if needed, and serve right away.

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  1. 1

    kate said:

    This recipe looks fantastic. Its a must make at home for me now ! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted at 05:40 PM, on May 28 2008
  1. 2

    chiff0nade said:

    I simply cannot eat rice with chopsticks. Of course, i am a italian, so i guess that's okay. LOL

    Posted at 01:07 PM, on May 29 2008
  1. 3

    Mohini said:

    Kate - You are welcome!

    chiff0nade - Whether you eat with chopsticks, fork, or even bare hands like I do sometimes ... it will still taste great ;)

    Posted at 06:10 PM, on May 31 2008

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