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Garlicky Spinach Pulao

Garlicky Spinach Pulao. A simple dish with tempting flavors. This instant pot spinach pulao/rice has a big, bold garlic flavor and it is just finger-licking delicious. Additionally, it is vegan and gluten-free.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 Cups Basmati Rice,uncooked
  • 1.5 Cups Spinach Leaves
  • 2 Cups Water/Vegetable Stock
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • ½ Medium Chopped Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Avocado oil
  • 1 Jalapeno ,chopped ,seeds removed
  • ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes(Optional)
  • ½ Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Lime/Lemon Juice
  • Salt ,according to the taste.
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • ½ Tsp Cumin Seeds


  • Rinse the rice in cold water for 3-4 times till it runs clear.
  • Drain the water from rice and keep it aside in a plate.
  • Make a puree of spinach leaves ,water and green chili .
  • Turn the saute button of the instant pot on.
  • When it says hot add oil to it .
  • Add whole spices and cumin seeds to it. Let them crackle ..
  • Add chopped garlic and stir it around.When it looks light brown add chopped onion to it .This will not take more than 1 minute.
  • Add red pepper flakes turmeric powder and stir it around once. If it looks like its sticking to the bottom cancel the button and add 1 tsp of water . Stir it once more..
  • Add Spinach puree and rice to it. Add garam masala powder to it ..
  • Level the rice nicely .Scrape from all the sides.
  • Cover the Instant pot with lid.
  • Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.Keep the ven in seal in position .
  • After 5 minutes let it release the steam naturally .
  • Open the lid the fluff it with a fork .
  • Enjoy with some raita or curry .