Red Amaranth Rice| Amaranth Greens Pulav

More often than not, I’m looking to prepare meals that aren’t too elaborate, but are yet hearty, flavourful and nutritious. This Red Amaranth Rice or Amaranth Greens Pulav ticks all those boxes.

Red Amaranth Rice or Amaranth Greens Pulav

A closer look at the Red Amaranth Rice

I have made this rice dish using red amaranth leaves, those beautiful greens streaked with bold red and purple. The health benefits of red amaranth greens are widely known, and this is a lovely way to use them. In traditional Tamilian households, greens like this are typically used in the making of poriyal, kootu or sambar, but I love using them in rice dishes like this one, too. It does make for a nice change!

Red amaranth greens. Aren’t they pretty?!

This is a one-pot recipe that can be put together in mere minutes. Just add everything to a pressure cooker, let it whistle, and you’re done! Perfect for busy weekdays.

This Red Amaranth Rice or Amaranth Greens Pulav is a simple thing that needs few ingredients, but turns out super delicious!

Red Amaranth Rice for A-Z Recipe Challenge

I’m sharing my way of making Red Amaranth Rice today, in association with the A-Z Recipe Challenge.

This is a group of enthusiastic food bloggers who share recipes made using ingredients in alphabetical order, every month. This month, all of us are cooking with ingredients starting from the letter R, and I chose to go with ‘Red Amaranth’ and ‘Rice’.

How to make Red Amaranth Rice or Amaranth Greens Pulav

Here is how I go about making it.

Ingredients (serves 3-4):

  1. A small bunch of red amaranth greens
  2. 1/4 heaped cup green peas
  3. 1 medium-sized onion
  4. A 1-inch piece of ginger
  5. 4-5 cloves of garlic
  6. 1 cup rice
  7. 1/2 tablespoon oil
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  10. Red chilli powder to taste
  11. 1/2 tablespoon jaggery powder
  12. 1/2 teaspoon garam masala or to taste
  13. 1 teaspoon chana masala or to taste


1. Wash the amaranth leaves thoroughly, to remove any traces of dirt. Chop them finely. Keep ready. I had about 2 cups of greens when finely chopped.

2. Also keep the shelled green peas ready.

3. Peel the onion, and chop finely. Keep aside.

4. Wash the rice well, under running water. Drain out all the water and keep ready.

5. Peel the ginger and garlic cloves. Chop roughly.

6. Grind the ginger and garlic cloves together, using a little water. Keep aside.

Top left and right: Steps 1 and 2, Centre left and right: Steps 3 and 4, Bottom left and right: Step 5 and 6

7. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker bottom. Add in the onion. Saute for a minute.

8. Add in the chopped amaranth and green peas. Saute for a minute more.

9. Now, add in the washed and drained rice as well as the ginger-garlic paste. Mix well. Saute for a few seconds.

10. Add in 3-1/4 cups of water. Mix well.

11. Add in salt to taste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, jaggery powder, garam masala and chana masala. Mix well.

12. Close the pressure cooker and put the whistle on. Cook on high flame for 4 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally. Then, wait for about 5-7 minutes to open the cooker. After another 5 minutes, fluff up the rice gently. Your Red Amaranth Rice is ready. Serve it with plain curd or raita of your choice.

Top left and right: Steps 7 and 8, Centre left and right: Steps 9 and 10, Bottom left and right: Steps 11 and 12

Is this a vegan and gluten-free recipe?

This is a completely vegetarian and vegan preparation, suited to those following a plant-based diet.

This is a gluten-free recipe as well. I have used home-made garam masala and chana masala here, which are free of gluten too. However, if you are using store-bought spice mixes, do make sure they are entirely gluten-free.

Tips & Tricks

1. You may use ghee instead of oil, in the above recipe. However, if you want to keep the dish vegan, stick to oil.

2. I have used Sona Masoori rice here. You may use any other variety you prefer. You may have to adjust the quantity of water you use, in that case.

3. I have used an 8-litre pressure cooker here.

4. Adjust the quantity of water you use and the number of whistles you allow, depending upon how grainy you want the rice to be. The above measurements yielded well-cooked rice, which was not overly mushy, just perfect for us.

5. Adjust the quantity of chana masala and garam masala as per personal taste preferences.

6. You may skip the jaggery powder if you so prefer. However, I would strongly recommend using it, as it adds a lovely flavour to the rice.

7. You can use whole spices like cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom and stone flower too. If so, add them to the hot oil before the onion.

Did you like this recipe? Do tell me, in your comments!

29 thoughts on “Red Amaranth Rice| Amaranth Greens Pulav

  1. Delicious rice preparation with red amaranth. This is one of our favourite among the greens. I use it a lot in different forms. Now this rice is next on my list. One can simple enjoy it with curd and papad.


  2. We make a whole lot of dishes with red amaranth but I have never tried making a rice out of it. Great idea, Priya, and a fabulous way to use this leafy vegetable.


  3. What a fantastic way of using amaranth. My family will love this recipe any day. Hopefully, some of my amaranths will grow this year for me to try this recipe


  4. Delicious rice preparation with leafy greens. One pot, no fuss, healthy and wholesome. Now that is what I want my everyday meals to look like. A must try during winters when fresh leafy greens are widely available.


  5. This is indeed very interesting and flavorful too! I have no qualms with my kids eating amaranth, they love it like stir fry but this is surely a lovely recipe for those who don’t like to eat it much… Looks so easy to make too…


  6. Yummy rice. I love using red amaranth whenever I’m in India and its in season. Using it for a pulav is a brilliant idea. Filling and delicious and at the same time enjoying the health benefits of amaranth.


  7. Using red amaranth leaves in a rice dish is brilliant ! Just love such healthy, fuss free wholesome one pot meals . Perfect for busy days.


  8. Pulao with amaranth leaves is definitely a clever way to up greens intake specifically for those who dislike them as a side dish or stir fries. This is a perfect healthy and satisfying meal to make on busy weekdays as well.


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