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Keerai sadam/ Spinach rice

Just to share with you….

This Palak rice is my very own recipe.  Two days back I tried this recipe.   It is a hybrid of Kadancha keerai and keerai portal.  This came out very well.

Palak rice




For  rice

1.  Basmathi rice – 1 cup (can use other rices too)
2.  Chopped spinach – 3 cups
3.  Green chillis -  2 to 3
4.  Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
5.  Onion -1  /4 roughly chopped
6.  Oil -1 tsp
7.  Pattai, kirambu (cinnamon,cloves) – 1 each


To fry seperately

1.  Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
2.  Curry leaves
3.  Urud dhal – 1 tsp
4.  Channa dhal – 1 tsp
5.  Red chilli -2
6.  Onion smal size -1
7.  salt as needed


1.  Soak Basmathi rice in water for 15 mins.  This will make your rice longer/lengthier.
2.  Take chopped spinach, green chillies and onion in bowl with little water.   Microwave or cook in vessel for 3-4 mins.
3.  Grind this into fine paste with little turmeric powder and little salt.
4.  Heat the pressure cooker.  Heat one tsp of oil.  Add cinnamon, cloves then add the grinded paste.  To this add drained rice and add required amount of water and cook this as usual.  For Basmathi rice, for 1 cup rice add only one cup of water since the grinded paste will make another cup.
5.  Mean while take tawa.   Add 2 tsp of oil.  Add Mustard seeds when it splutter add the urud dal,channa dal and curry leaves.  Let it turns golden brown.
6.  Now add the chopped onions,Redchilli and the chopped spinach  (more spinach gives more taste, minium 3-4 cups need).   Add little salt for this (remember you have add little for rice).
7.  Let if fry well.   Once the rice is done let it cool and then add into this mixture.   Don’t add hot rice and mix all the grains will break and gets mashed.


1.  Why we are grinding half is to get nice color and flavour for rice.  The other half which we are frying gives great look .
2.  You can also add little coconut milk (say instead of 1 cup water you can add 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup water).
3.  You can add whole milk too instead of coconut milk.

4 Responses

  1. jeyanthi

    hi. your rice is very nice. i am at kovai. please need your friendship.please send the mail.

  2. geetha

    hi madam,

    i have seen your website.the items are very good. i tried this recipe two days back. the taste is very good.thank u madam. i want need ur friendship please mail me. ur samayal tips is very helpful for me.



  3. Hi Geetha thanks for your comments,

  4. Vandana

    Good recipe Ani, this recipe got my 2 yr old to consume spinach and reap the benefits of it. Thank you

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