Chicken Spinach ( Palak) Rice


1 cup spinach / palak, chopped
250 gm boneless chicken, cubed
1 cup basmati rice
1 onion, sliced
2 green chillies, slit
1/2 tsp + 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
3/4 tsp + 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp garam masala
1 bay leaf
2 cardamoms
3 cloves
1/2 inch cinnamon
1/2 tsp pepper corns
salt to taste
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp ghee


  1. In a pan, add the spinach leaves, enough water and salt and boil for 2 minutes. Cool and then puree it to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
  2. Soak basmati rice in water for 20-30 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, add cleaned chicken pieces, 3/4 tsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 1/4 tsp garam masala and salt and mix well.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a thick bottomed pan and add marinated chicken and fry until its cooked. Keep it aside.
  5. In the same pan, add 2 tbsp oil and 1 tsp ghee. Add bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and pepper corns and saute.
  6. Add sliced onion and slit green chillies and saute well.
  7. Add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste and saute well till raw smell goes.
  8. Add spinach puree and saute well for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp garam masala and coriander powder and mix well.
  10. Add fried chicken and mix well for 1-2 minutes.
  11. Now add 2 cups of water and salt and mix well.
  12. When it starts to boil, add drained rice and cook covered at low flame till done….

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