Spinach Rice in Instant Pot | Spanakorizo

March 26, 2018 (Updated: September 9, 2019) By Aneesha |

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see disclosures.

Aromatic basmati rice cooked with a boat load of spinach! Here’s an easy pressure cooker and stovetop recipe for flavorful Spinach Rice, a healthy vegan and gluten-free side-dish, that compliments any meal!

Indian spinach rice with cashews

Easy Gluten-Free and Vegan Side Dish

You can elevate your everyday rice into an elegant and delicious side dish with this quick and easy Instant Pot Spinach Rice recipe!

This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be easily made vegan by using vegetable or coconut oil.

I finish the Instant Pot Spinach Rice with a light squeeze of lime and it tastes divine. I like to add a few cashews or slivered almonds to spinach rice, as they add a nice texture and contrast to the creamy spinach and the soft fluffy rice.

Basmati rice with spinach and cashews

Palak Rice Recipe – Indian Spiced Spinach Rice

Spinach Rice, or Palak Rice is a popular Indian vegetarian side, in which long grain Basmati rice is cooked with fresh spinach, and seasoned with cumin seeds, garam masala (Indian spice blend) and ground coriander.

Spanakorizo Recipe – Greek Style Spinach Rice

Spanakorizo is a simple greek variation for this rice recipe.  If you switch the spices to a mediterranean blend, you have a delicious bowl of Spanakorizo!  That’s pronounced as span-a-ko-reezo.  Now, try saying that 10 times fast 🙂

It is extremely easy to make Spanakorizo by switching a couple of ingredients in this recipe.  Typically flavored with fresh dill, lemon zest and juice, this flavor-packed dish goes really well with a mediterranean themed menu. 

I pair it with these Lamb Chops, or my Mediterranean Chicken and everyone loves it in my home.

I have listed the detailed ingredient list and recipe for Spanakorizo in the recipe card below.

Make a Meal: What to Serve with Spinach Rice

Indian Spiced Spinach Rice

This Instant Pot Spinach Rice has a nice fluffy and creamy texture and taste, due to which it seems like the perfect pairing with most Indian curries. My personal favorite pairings with Spinach rice are:

Spinach rice with Instant pot paneer butter masala
Spinach Rice served with Paneer Butter Masala

Serving Suggestion for Spanakorizo:

How to Make Spinach Rice in Instant Pot

Here’s how I make this delicious Spinach Rice in the Instant Pot. This recipe will work for any electric or programmable pressure cooker like Mealthy Multi Pot.

  • Rinse rice 2-3 times, till water runs clear. If you have the time, soak it for 15 minutes. Rinse and drain before using. Heat ghee in instant pot on SAUTE mode. 
  • Add cumin seeds and wait for them to sizzle, about 15-20 seconds. 
  • Add chopped onions and cashews and saute for 30 seconds.  If you’re adding curry leaves and green chilies, you can add them with the onions. 
  • Add crushed or grated, ginger & garlic, and saute another 30 seconds.
Step by step instructions on how to make Spinach Rice in Instant Pot
  • Add chopped spinach and cilantro and saute for about a minute, till the spinach wilts.  See video for clarity. 
  • Add rinsed and drained rice and saute another minute. 
  • Add spices and stir well. 
Step by step process of Spinach Rice in pressure cooker
  • Add water, stir and close the lid. Cancel SAUTE.
  • Set pressure valve to ‘Sealing’ position if using DUO.  Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 6 minutes.
  • Wait 5 minutes before manually releasing the pressure, by turning the valve to venting position (NPR 5).  Open the lid after the pin drops. 
  • Fluff rice with a fork. Let it sit uncovered for 5 minutes.  That allows the extra moisture to evaporate. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime and mix it gently.
Step by step photos showing how to make Spinach Rice in Instant Pot

Pro-Tips for ‘Fluffy’ Delicious Instant Pot Spinach Rice

  • After opening the lid, gently fluff up the rice with a fork.  Lift the rice, not stir. 
  • Remove the Instant Pot insert from the base unit.  Then, let it rest UNCOVERED for 5-10 minutes.  This allows any excess moisture to evaporate.  The result is always fluffy and separated kernels of rice.

Stove-top Recipe

In this recipe, I made the Spinach pilaf in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, but this recipe can very easily be made on the stove-top too. Here’s how:

  1. Rinse rice 2-3 times, till water runs clear. If you have the time, soak it for 20 minutes. Rinse and drain before using.
  2. Heat a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium-high heat and add ghee.
  3. Add cumin seeds and wait for them to sizzle, about 15 seconds.  Add chopped onions and cashews and saute for 30 seconds.  If you’re adding curry leaves and green chilies, you can add them with the onions. 
  4. Next add crushed or grated, ginger & garlic, and saute another 30 seconds.
  5. Chopped spinach and cilantro go in next. Saute for about a minute, till the spinach wilts.  See video for clarity. 
  6. Add rinsed and drained rice and saute another minute.  Next, add spices and water, stir well. 
  7. Bring to a boil and cover the pot. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Open lid, gently fluff rice with a fork, add lime juice and mix. Let it sit, uncovered, for 5 minutes before serving. As a result of this resting period, any excess moisture evaporates, therefore, resulting in soft and fluffy rice.
Rice cooked with spinach and spices served in a copper bowl

★ Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating below! For more quick & easy recipes, FOLLOW ME on Facebook, Instagram,  Pinterest and Youtube.

Indian spinach rice with cashews

Spinach rice in Instant Pot | Spanakorizo

Aromatic basmati rice cooked with a boat load of spinach! Here's an easy pressure cooker and stovetop recipe for flavorful Spinach Rice, a healthy vegan and gluten-free side-dish, that compliments any meal!
4.75 from 12 votes
Print Pin Rate Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 163kcal

Ingredients

Indian Style Spinach Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice : rinsed 2-3 times, soaked for 20 mins if possible
  • 2 teaspoons ghee or oil for vegan option
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small onion or 2 shallots thinly sliced or chopped
  • 8-10 curry leaves (optional)
  • 2 green chilies, whole (optional) rinsed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon ginger and garlic, crushed or grated (½ inch ginger + 3 cloves garlic)
  • 6 oz baby spinach (½ bag) chopped fine
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cashews or blanched slivered almonds
  • 1 cup water

Spices for Indian Spinach Rice

Garnish

  • ½ lime juiced : about 1 teaspoon. Add after cooking

Greek style Spinach Rice: Spanakorizo

  • 1 cup basmati rice : rinsed 2-3 times, soaked for 20 mins if possible
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion or 2 shallots thinly sliced or chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic fine chopped or grated
  • 6 oz baby spinach chopped fine
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped dill
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons blanched slivered almonds : optional
  • 1 cup water

Spices for Spanakorizo

Garnish

  • 1 small lemon juiced : about 2 teaspoons, to be added after cooking

Instructions

  • Rinse rice 2-3 times, till water runs clear. If you have the time, soak it for 20 minutes. Rinse and drain before using.
  • Heat ghee in instant pot on SAUTE mode.  Add cumin seeds and wait for them to sizzle, about 15-20 seconds.  Add chopped onions and cashews and saute for 30 seconds.  If you’re adding curry leaves and green chilies, you can add them with the onions.  Add crushed or grated, ginger & garlic, and saute another 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped spinach and cilantro and saute for about a minute, till the spinach wilts.  See video for clarity.  Add rinsed and drained rice and saute another minute.  Add spices and water, stir well.  Close lid.  Cancel SAUTE. Set pressure valve to ‘Sealing’ position.  Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 6 minutes.
  • Wait 5 minutes before manually releasing the pressure, by turning the valve to venting position (NPR 5).  Open the lid after the pin drops.  Fluff rice with a fork. Let it sit uncovered for 5 minutes.  Squeeze in the juice of half a lime and mix it gently.

Stove-top Recipe

  • Rinse rice 2-3 times, till water runs clear. If you have the time, soak it for 20 minutes. Rinse and drain before using.
  • Heat a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium-high heat and add ghee or oil.
  • Add cumin seeds and wait for them to sizzle, about 15 seconds.  Add chopped onions and cashews and saute for 30 seconds.  If you’re adding curry leaves and green chilies, you can add them with the onions. 
  • Add crushed or grated, ginger & garlic, and saute another 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped spinach and cilantro and saute for about a minute, till the spinach wilts.  See video for clarity. Add rinsed and drained rice and saute another minute.  Add spices and water, stir well. 
  • Bring to a boil and cover the pot. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Open lid, gently fluff rice with a fork, add lime juice and mix. Let it sit, uncovered, for 5 minutes before serving. As a result of this resting period, any excess moisture evaporates, therefore, resulting in soft and fluffy rice.

Video

Notes

Pro-Tips for ‘Fluffy’ Delicious Instant Pot Spinach Rice
  • After opening the lid, gently fluff up the rice with a fork.  Lift the rice, not stir. 
  • Remove the Instant Pot insert from the base unit.  Then, let it rest UNCOVERED for 5-10 minutes.  This allows any excess moisture to evaporate.  The result is always fluffy and separated kernels of rice.
  • If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2690IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Mediterranean
Keyword: Instant Pot Spinach Rice, Spinach Rice, Spinach Rice in Instant Pot
Did you try this recipe?Mention @SpiceCravings or tag #spicecravings!

HEY! NICE TO MEET YOU!

Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

Never miss a recipe

You Might Also Like