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
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) , Burnt Garlic and Mushroom Fried Rice
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.
Spinach Fried Rice with Paneer goes well with any raita of your choice or simple curd/yogurt. It is also a wonderful dish to be paired with Aloo Matar, Chole Masala, you can include it in your party menu. Prefect nutritious and filling dish for kids school lunchboxes.
Few Raita Recipes to serve with this Fried Rice
Boondi Raita( my favorite), Mix. Veg Raita, Lauki Raita, Pineapple Raita, Ash Gourd Raita
Storing the leftovers
Storing the leftovers
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.
Recipe Card for Palak Paneer Fried Rice
Palak Paneer Rice /Spinach Fried Rice
- Heavy Bottomed Pan/Kadhai
- Blender/Grinder to puree Spinach
- Chopping Board
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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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.
Thanks Narmadha.. yes Pav bhaji masala really enhances the taste
Palak paneer rice looks so delicious. Love the addition of baby corn for extra crunchiness.
Palak paneer is all time favorite dish itself. loved this rice version combo with baby corns. Perfect lunch box treat, so yum!!
Thank you Jolly.
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.
Thanks Geeta.. yes it is a healthy meal especially for kids..
We love palak paneer to the core. Love rice version of this combo with baby corn.
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 🙂
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?
Oh yes for sure Pav Bhaji masala adds lot of flavour to it.. Thank you!
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.
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.
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
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!
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.
Delicious looking pulao made with all the healthy veggies. Who can ever resist looking at it. I like the addition of baby corn for crunchiness.
Super duper kitchen
The combination of ingredients used is incredible - Paneer, babycorn, palak . Also the pav bhaji masala must give it a nice flavour. One of the best ways to make the kids eat greens.
The Girl Next Door
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.
Thanks Priya.. do try it out
Wonderful idea to prepare a rice dish using palak & paneer. Children can not say "no" to this rice. 🙂
Thank you Megala!