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Reuse leftover rice and give it a new healthy makeover by adding spinach and mushroom and make it into a bowl of healthy spinach rice in 20 minutes. 

Pressed for time and not sure what to make? This super easy one dish spinach rice recipe comes together in 20 minutes and needs one pot and one blender. That’s It!!

I am not sure if I can call this an Indian spinach rice recipe, but as with every recipe of mine, I have added some simple spices to give the dish an extra oommpphh of taste and health.

Ingredients For Making Spinach Rice

This recipe has been made with leftover rice and given a completely new makeover.

Here is a quick list of ingredients you will need:

Fresh and Pantry Items

Leftover rice

Spinach frozen or fresh



Salt to taste



Cumin seeds

How to Make Spinach Rice at Home a Step By Step Guide

Here is a easy step by step guide with pictures to help you make rice with spinach paste in 20 minutes.


Make spinach paste to make spinach rice

In a blender add the spinach leaves, cumin seeds and garlic and make into a coarse paste.


Saute onions in oil

Heat oil in a pan and saute shallots or onions for 2- 4 minutes.


Make spinach paste to make spinach rice

Add the coarsely blended spinach paste to the pan and saute with the onions for 5 minutes. Then add the mushrooms and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.


Add Rice with Spinach

Once the mushrooms start to leave water add the rice and salt to taste and stir it in gently with the spinach until well mixed.


Spinach Rice Recipe

Leave it in the pan for two-three minutes until excess moisture is evaporated and the rice is soft and warm but not dry.

Serve hot as a one-dish meal or with any accompaniment of choice

Cooking Notes and FAQ’s

  1. Leftover rice is best for making this recipe, however you can use freshly boiled rice too. Just make sure the rice is cold (run freshly boiled rice through cold water, makes it less sticky too) before adding it to the spinach puree.
  2. You can make this spinach rice recipe with frozen or fresh spinach. Thaw frozen spinach before blending it.
  3. You could add any veges for your choice but I would stick to spinach as the core vegetable and mix other vegetables like peas, beans or even leeks to it.
  4. Make the dish more vibrant and appetising by adding red, yellow and orange vegetables like red pepper, sweetcorn and carrots.
  5. Avoid making a smooth paste of spinach if you can. The coarseness gives the dish a nice texture. If kids do not like spinach bits in their mouth then there is no harm in making a smooth blend.
  6. Add leftover meat or prawns for added protein. Or serve on the side.
  7. Use healthy fat such as butter, ghee or olive oil for sauteing.
  8. If your fussy eater will not eat anything green, play an even game with serving the rice with their favourite chciken nuggets or fish fingers.
  9. This rice dish has a slightly mushy consistency and not too dry. This makes it a brilliant dish to make if you have over cooked rice. Just be gentle in stirring it with the spinach paste in the pan.

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Why Is Spinach Rice a Complete Healthy Family Meal

Do your kids turn up their noses when they see anything green and its hard to get them to eat leafy greens?

This one-pot rice dish may just change that.

Spinach in this recipe is blended into a coarse paste, kids who do not like the slimy texture of spinach will not feel it at all.

Turn this green rice into a power-packed monster chasing punch on a plate…. and watch them devour it!!

And what does this power-packed punch of combining spinach with rice contain?

Well, let’s start….

  1. Spinach is rich in vitamin C & D, iron, folic acid and lots of fibre.

2. Mushroom are filled with nutrients, minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C, B & D.

3. Rice has the required carb source that gives you energy and maintains a healthy body.

Rice and Spinach are Brilliant Pregnancy Food and Helps Cure Morning Sickness

I am going on a bit of a tangent here, but I have to share the birth of this recipe.

With both my pregnancies, I was committed to eating healthy, taking all the extra supplements and exercising as I wanted the best for the baby and me!

Come 6th week and even the thought of food made my insides churn!

I felt nauseous, weak and simply speaking horrible!

The one food which would stay in my system was rice.

After surviving on plain boiled rice with salt and a bit of butter, I had simply reached my wit’s end and wanted some vegetables.

So one day I thought of mixing some leftover rice with something more healthy and tantalise my taste a bit!

Rice, is a  complex carbohydrate which slowly releases energy into your bloodstream, helping to keep your appetite satisfied as well as is easier to digest especially during the early and late pregnancy days.

So there I was playing with ‘good for pregnancy’ food like spinach and mushroom both rich in folic acid and iron.

What I came up with was something that the entire family enjoyed and was a one-dish meal ready in 20 minutes!

Other Easy Rice Recipes to Try

I love rice and am painfully aware of its effect on the waistline.

To reduce my guilt and still enjoy one of the most eaten grains, I try to experiment with other variants too. Like this Multi grain vegetable pulao.

One of my other favourite recipe which again was super easy to make was this Wildrice Rissoto with added broccoli and parmesan cheese. 

If you thought that paella could only be made with seafood, then this weekday Vegetable Paella Recipe will prove you wrong.

Got any other rice recipe that you simply love? I don’t think I will ever get bored of more so please do leave a comment and share.

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Spinach (Frozen or Fresh) - 1 cup
Mushroom, sliced - 1 cup
Boiled Rice - 1 1/2 cup
Onions, sliced, chopped or rings - 1
Garlic - 3 - 4 pods
Salt to taste
Olive oil - 3 tbsp
Spices used
Cumin Powder/seeds - 1 tsp
*Ingredients Needed


Prepping the Spinach:
In a hand blender, blend together the spinach, cumin seeds and garlic. Do not make it into a paste, it should be slightly coarse in texture.
Making the Rice
Heat olive oil in a pan, once hot add the onions and saute for 2- 3 minutes.
Once the onion becomes soft, add the spinach paste to it and cook for another 1 minute.
Next add the sliced mushroom to the spinach and cook further for 1 - 2 minutes till mushroom gets cooked.
Finally add boiled rice and adjust salt to your taste.
Mix the spinach well with the rice. The rice should be a little bit wet and soft, so if required add a little water if it looks too dry. The consistency of this dish should be a little bit drier than a risotto.
Serve with yogurt, raita or eat on its own!