Beetroot-Spinach Pulav

beetroot spinach pulav
It was one of those days, when I had a lot of vegetables in refrigerator which needed to be used. I was exhausted after a busy day at work. So I decided to make a one pot dish packed with vegetables. The mild spices give an amazing aroma. Beetroot gives a touch of sweetness. It was a very filling and delicious pulav. Other vegetables like green beans, carrots etc also can be included in this, but I didn’t want vegetables to totally overpower the pulav. I suggest using all fresh spices and freshly made ginger garlic paste for best results. I served it with a simple raita.

2 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 cup beetroot finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup vegetables – green peas, cauliflower
2 bay leaves
2 cardamom
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1 tea spn cumin seeds
4-5 cloves
1″ cinnamon
1 and 1/2 tea spn chilli powder
1 tea spn chopped ginger
1 tea spn chopped garlic

Heat oil and add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon. Grind to a smooth paste with ginger and garlic (I use mortar and pestle to make the paste).
Heat a little ghee and add bay leaves, cardamom, onion, spice paste. Fry till onions turn slightly brownish.
Add chopped beetroot, fry for a minute. Pour in about 2 tbl spns water, cover and cook for about 2-3mins (helps in cooking beetroot faster) till water is absorbed.
Now add rice and all other vegetables, spinach and fry for few minutes.
Add salt, chilli powder, about 4 cups water. Mix well. Cover and cook on a medium heat till done.
Serve hot with a cool raita.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 40mins

31 thoughts on “Beetroot-Spinach Pulav”

  1. I stopped buying beetroot because I didnt know what else u can make with it other than upkari.
    Never heard that you could make pulav with beetroot and spinach… a unique pulao indeed. I will give it a try.

  2. I have some guests coming for dinner, and this item looks like it will end up on the menu. It’s a good combi of eye pleasing, tasty and easy to prepare

  3. Hi Shilpa,

    This recipe sounds really good.Will definitely give a try. Just gotta get some beetroot and then I can be well on my way. I made some Veggie Biryani yesterday and I have posted it. Please check it out and drop me a comment if you like it.

  4. Hi Shilpa,

    Ur one pot ideas really r very appealing ….. made this today for lunch n it turned out quite delicious …. hd it qith boondi raita …. thanx for the wonderful idea

  5. Hi shilpa,
    I tried ur beetroot spinach pulav. Came out very good.
    My 3yr old son loved it so much. Thanks for the recipe

  6. hi shilpa,

    I tried this of your recipe last night for dinner and it was one delicious rice recipe i have ever made…it was awesome we loved it…thanks a lot:)

  7. I just tried this in the instantpot after trying your recent post of spinach pulao in coconut milk in IP and both came out awesome! Thanks for the wonderful recipes Shilpa!

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