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
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Serves: 4-5
Delicious and healthy spinach pulav with creamy coconut milk and loaded with vegetables, paneer.
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • ½ cup onion
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 3-4 cardamom
  • 2 tbl spns cashews
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes (I used green tomatoes)
  • ½ cup green beans
  • ½ cup chopped beetroot
  • ½ cup chopped paneer
  • ½ cup green peas
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 tea spn garam masala
  • Ghee/Oil
  • Salt
  • For paste:
  • 1 tightly packed cup of spinach
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tea spn ginger
  • 1 tea spn garlic
  • 4 green chillies
  1. Wash rice in water and remove all water (I just put it in a sieve).
  2. Make a paste of spinach and other ingredients under paste, do not add too much water.
  3. Heat oil and add cloves, cardamom.
  4. Add onions, cashews, fry till onions are translucent.
  5. Add tomatoes,fry for few minutes.
  6. Now add the paste, garam masala and fry till some of the water is absorbed.
  7. Now add rice and fry well.
  8. Add peas, beetroot, paneer, green beans, salt, mix.
  9. Then add coconut milk, 3 cups water, cook till rice is done.
  10. Serve hot.


16 Comments for “Spinach Pulav with Coconut Milk”



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.


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.



Hi shilpa,
This recipe looks awesome !I would like to try it out. Would it work in a regular pressure cooker ?




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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