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Baked Palak Paneer Rice  Recipe

A visual delight, it is also healthy.

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Preparation Time : 26-30 minutes

Cooking time : 21-25 minutes

Servings : 4

Baked Palak Paneer Rice

Main Ingredients

Cooked basmati rice,





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  • Cooked basmati rice
    2 cups
  • For palak layer
  • Spinach puree
    1 cup
  • Oil
    2 tablespoons
  • Onion chopped
    1 medium
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Garam masala powder
    a pinch
  • For paneer layer
  • Paneer (Cottage cheese) crumbled
    300 grams
  • Oil
    2 tablespoons
  • Tomato basil pasta sauce
    2 tablespoons
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
    a pinch
  • Spinach leaves (palak) cut into thin strips
  • Oil
    to deep fry
  • Sesame oil (til oil)
    1 tablespoon
  • Red chilli flakes
    1 teaspoon
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Sugar
    1 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil (til oil) toasted
    1 tablespoon


Step 1

Heat 2 tbsps oil in a non stick wok and 2 tbsps oil in a non stick pan. Add cumin seeds to the wok and when they begin to change colour, add garlic and saute for ½ minute. Add onion and saute.

Step 2

Add crumbled cottage cheese to the pan and saute. Add tomato basil pasta sauce and mix well. Add spinach puree to the wok and mix. Preheat an oven to 180°C. Heat all the rice in the microwave.

Step 3

Add salt and garam masala powder to the spinach mixture and mix well. Add salt and dried fenugreek leaves to the cottage cheese mixture and mix well.

Step 4

Add half the rice to the spinach mixture and half to the cottage cheese mixture and mix well.

Step 5

Adjust salt in both the wok and the pan and cook for a minute. Grease a round steel mould over an oven proof plate. Put some of the spinach rice and press well.

Step 6

Over this put a layer of cottage cheese rice and press. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. You can serve it without baking too.

Step 7

Top with a little crackling spinach and serve hot.

Chef Tip

To make crackling spinach deep fry spinach strips till crisp. Drain on absorbent paper. Heat sesame oil in a non stick pan, add red chilli flakes and immediately add the fried spinach. Sprinkle salt, sugar and toasted sesame seeds and toss.

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