Palak Paneer Fried Rice/Spinach Fried Rice

Palak Paneer Fried Rice Recipe | Learn how to make Spinach Fried Rice | Easy Spinach Fried Rice Recipe with Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese and Baby Corn

Spinach Fried Rice

Easy to cook , delicious and loaded with goodness of Fresh Spinach with Paneer( Indian Cottage Cheese) and Baby Corn, Spinach Fried Rice recipe.

Nutritious Fried Rice that you can make with fresh batch of steamed rice or leftover rice. You can add paneer pieces or any veggies (like baby corn, mushroom, carrots, peas) of your choice.

Spinach Fried Rice is nice variation to include Spinach in your meals especially for fussy eaters of if you are bored with your regular Spinach dishes.

How to include Spinach in your daily meals

The Health benefits of Spinach need no introduction. It one of the easily available winter favorite /leafy green all around the world. Spinach like other leafy greens is a great source of  fibre, iron. folate, calcium , vitamins, minerals like potassium , zinc. One must include these greens especially in winters in our daily meals.

Some of the ways I include Spinach in my cooking. Palak Paneer and Lehsuni Dal Palak is one of the favourite way of North Indians to enjoy spinach in winters as so do it is ours.

Spinach is also added to various Saag recipes to lower down the bitter taste of Mustard greens like in Sarson Ka Saag or of Kale in Kale and Spinach Saag .

Palak Paneer Paratha  paneer stuffed spinach flatbread, or Spinach Tortillas are other way to sneak in spinach in meals of your fussy eaters.

Make delicious one pot meals like One Pot Creamy Spinach Pasta, Palak aur Kabuli Chane Ka Pulao

Spinach and Pomegranate Raita, Spinach and Mint Dip, Rajma aur Palak Ki Tikki are few other recipes on the blog to enjoy the nutritious winter green.

How to make Palak Paneer Fried Rice/Spinach Fried Rice

I used already made steamed rice in the recipe. Leftover steamed rice is best to use in the recipe. You can also make fresh Steamed Rice. Let steamed rice cool completely before making Spinach Fried Rice.

Fresh Spinach leaves ,you can use frozen Spinach also, puree it and add to the recipe.

I do not use much spices in the recipe. Pav Bhaji Masala does the trick for me along with a few Whole Spices, Ginger and Garlic.

Pav Bhaji Masala is special spice blend that we add to the famous Mumbai’s Bhaji of popular Pav Bhaji.

Detailed ingredient list and how to Spinach Fried Rice in Recipe Card.

Checkout other fried rice recipes from the blog-

Chinese Veg. Fried Rice, Lemon Rice, Tawa Pulao, Tomato Rice with Basil, No Onion No Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao, Spicy Chilli Garlic and Bell Pepper Rice, Iyengar Style Puliyogare(Instant) 

This Palak Paneer Rice is GLUTEN-FREE and is Vegan Friendly. Replace Paneer with Tofu or any other veggie like Mushrooms, carrots for the VEGAN Spinach Rice recipe.

Few Tips to get perfect Spinach Fried Rice 

Do not use very hot rice in the recipe.

Do not cook paneer and baby corn for long. Paneer will get very hard and baby corns will lose the crunch.

When using fresh Spinach, do not use light or yellowish greens, spinach should not be a old and wilted.

Do not overmix rice after adding to spinach masala, you will get very mushy rice as rice grains will break.

Recipe Card for Palak Paneer Fried Rice

Palak Paneer Fried Rice

Palak Paneer Fried Rice

Palak Paneer Rice /Spinach Fried Rice

Swati
Palak Paneer Rice/Spinach Fried with goodness of Spinach Paneer and Baby Corn | Learn how to make Spinach Fried Rice with Indian Cottage Cheese and Baby Corns
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Time to make Steamed Rice 15 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Heavy Bottomed Pan/Kadhai
  • Ladle
  • Blender/Grinder to puree Spinach
  • Knife
  • Chopping Board

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Steamed Cooked Rice
  • 2 Cups Packed Spinach Leaves about 1 cup Spinach Puree
  • 1 Cup Paneer Cubes or add as required
  • 5-6 Babycorn
  • 7-8 Garlic Cloves
  • 1" Fresh Ginger Piece
  • 1-2 Green Chillies
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Puree optional

Spices

  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Whole Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Black Peppercorns
  • 1-2 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
  • ½-1 tsp Red Chilli Powder optional as per taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as per taste

Instructions
 

  • Make Steamed Rice. Cool it completely.
  • Wash Spinach leaves nicely, keep in colander to drain extra water.
  • Cut Paneer in small cubes and baby corn into small dics or as you like.
  • Finely chop Onion., Ginger, Garlic. Puree tomatoes if using or keep readymade tomato puree handy.
  • Puree ginger, green chillies and spinach to smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add whole red chilli, bay leaf, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, cloves.
  • Once the spices give out the aorma, add ginger, garlic and saute for minute.
  • Add finely chopped onions saute till it starts to turn light brown.
  • Add tomato puree if using in the recipe. Cook for about a minute. I used store bought puree, added ¼ cup water to dilute puree.
  • Now add pureed spinach, mix well
  • Next add pav bhaji masala, red chilli powder and mix .
  • Now, add paneer pieces, baby corns and mix well in masala.
  • Cover and cook puree for 1-2 mins.
  • Finally add steamed rice, salt as per taste.
  • Mix with light hands, take care rice doesn't turn mushy,
  • Serve hot.
Keyword Palak Paneer Pulao, Palak Rice, Spinach Fried Rice Recipe

Tagging to A-Z Challenge of the facebook group, where the we cook the dishes with key ingredients alphabetically. This month was ‘S’, I had a dish with Strawberry in mind, but then I couldn’t source it in my local market. So I made this Spinach fried rice, as it is the perfect time to share this leafy green.

A TO Z Ing logo

Do try this delicious Palak Paneer Rice/Spinach Fried, kids will love this rice as it has their favorite Paneer here.. Serve it with any raita of your choice. It is also a wonderful dish to be paired with Aloo Matar, Chole Masala, you can include it in your party menu. It is best to make and serve on the day itself, though you can make it couple of hrs ahead of serving time. Stays best for about a day in refrigerator.

Few Raita Recipes to serve with this Fried Rice- Boondi Raita( my favourite), Mix. Veg Raita, Lauki Raita

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27 thoughts

  1. Very delicious and nutritious fried rice with spinach, paneer and baby corn. This must be so flavorful with pav bhaji masala and other Indian spices.

  2. Incorporating spinach, paneer and babycorn in this one pot rice is a fabulous idea. It looks absolutely delicious and a great way to up healthy sources specially for kids.

  3. palak paneer itself is a delicacy.. you have taken it up by several notches with this fried rice. loving the addiiton of baby corn, Swaty 🙂

  4. One pot Rice meals with mixed vegetables are always welcome at home. I loved the idea of using Pav Bhaji masala, it lends so much of flavour to rice recipes, isn’t it?

  5. This looks like a perfect lunch box recipe as the nutrients are all packed in we are good to go. I love the way how the baby corn medallions pop up on top of the bowl.

  6. This is a one dish meal packed with nutrients be it fibre, minerals, vitamins, proteins or carbs. And the lovely green colour makes it so so inviting.

  7. This rice surely sounds like an amazing way to get the palak and the paneer in! I am totally intrigued to try this version… sounds super delicious!

  8. Wholesome, filling and so delicious. Love palak paneer rice with some raita and papad. Its been ages since I’ve made it. Like your idea of adding pav bhaji masala to it.

  9. What a wonderful idea to use the Palak-Paneer combination with rice! It looks utterly delicious and very flavourful. I’d definitely love to try this out with the beautiful spinach we are getting these days.

  10. Wonderful idea to prepare a rice dish using palak & paneer. Children can not say “no” to this rice. 🙂

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