Spinach Pulav with Coconut Milk

Spinach Pulav with Coconut Milk
Spinach Pulav with Coconut Milk

For a long time I have been hearing about the electric pressure cooker Instant pot. Although everyone that owns it had all the positive feedbacks about it, I wasn’t very inclined to add another gadget to my already over-crowded kitchen. But then during Thanksgiving sale, my friend gave me that last nudge and told it was on a sale. She said I am never going to get it at that price. I gave in and bought it. The big attraction for me was the steel inner pot. Since then I have used it a lot, prepared all kinds of dishes in it. This Spinach pulav with Coconut milk, loaded with vegetables and paneer was one of the first dishes I tried making in Instant pot.

I am trying to include more greens in our diet. Spinach gets added to pulavs, chapatis, bread, soups, gravies etc. This time I wanted to use up some beetroot and paneer, so I added them to pulav along with spinach. Coconut milk gave a very mild taste to it. This pulav came out so good that I will have to make this regularly.

Heat oil/ghee and fry the spices, followed by onions, cashews.
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Add tomatoes, followed by spinach paste, garam masala.

Add rice and fry for few minutes. Then add the vegetables, coconut milk and cook till done.
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Spinach Pulav with Coconut Milk

Delicious and healthy spinach pulav with creamy coconut milk and loaded with vegetables, paneer.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -5


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 3-4 cardamom
  • 2 tbl spns cashews
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes I used green tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped beetroot
  • 1/2 cup chopped paneer
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 tea spn garam masala
  • Ghee/Oil
  • Salt
  • For paste:
  • 1 tightly packed cup of spinach
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tea spn ginger
  • 1 tea spn garlic
  • 4 green chillies


  • Wash rice in water and remove all water (I just put it in a sieve).
  • Make a paste of spinach and other ingredients under paste, do not add too much water.
  • Heat oil and add cloves, cardamom.
  • Add onions, cashews, fry till onions are translucent.
  • Add tomatoes,fry for few minutes.
  • Now add the paste, garam masala and fry till some of the water is absorbed.
  • Now add rice and fry well.
  • Add peas, beetroot, paneer, green beans, salt, mix.
  • Then add coconut milk, 3 cups water, cook till rice is done.
  • Serve hot.


16 thoughts on “Spinach Pulav with Coconut Milk”

  1. Im thinking of buying one . But what kind of settings dos you use when doing this? Regular rice setting ? And did you use the steel inner pot on the stove to cook or EVERYTHING got done in the pot itself.

    1. There is a saute mode on it. So the prep is done in that mode and once water is added, I put it on rice mode. So everything was done in one pot.

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Shilpa, Just to let you know, I tried this recipe and it turned out fantastic! I just had to make it a little more spicier and add a spoon of sugar.
      Probably my own preference.

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