Thursday, 28 November 2013

Palak Khichdi |healthy Spinach Khichdi

Many times when i am tired or am alone i prefer one pot meals and want them to be tasty,healthy and easy and quick to make
Palak Khichdi/Spinach Lentil Rice is one such recipe. Very easy to make n also filling and wholesome recipe. 
If u want u can also add some carrots,peas n potato to this khichdi n make it even more healthy n tasty. My kids love Spinach Rice, so i pureed the spinach n added to it, if u want u can also chop them finely n proceed. Now to the recipe...

Paired with some sweet Gujarati Kadi,Or masala chas and pickle,papad, potato chips, this made for an amazing dinner. 


1 cup rice
1 cup toor dal you can even use  2:1 ratio for rice:dal 
1 bunch green spinach, chopped fine (about 1/2 cup chopped spinach)
1 large onion, chopped
1 tsp jeera/cumin 
2-3 cloves and pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala or goda masala
2 tbsp ghee 
Salt to taste

To grind:

1/2 cup palak leaves
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves
2 green chillies, or to taste
 1" piece of ginger
4 cloves of garlic


1.Wash n soak Rice n dal separately for at least  20-30 minutes. 

2.Grind all the ingredients under "to  grind" using little water n keep ready.

3. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker pan and add the jeera,cloves and pepper, When it splutters, add the chopped onion. Fry until golden brown. Then add the chopped spinach and stir until soft and wilted. 

4. To this, add the ground paste and mix well with salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and garam masala. Let it cook for a min. 

5. Now add the soaked rice and dal. Add 5-6 cups water. Cook for 4-5 whistles in the pressure cooker. If you are using a normal pan, make sure you cook covered until the rice and dal is cooked thoroughly. 

6. If you want to spice up khicdi than heat 1 tbsp ghee add hing, jeera,red chilli,chopped garlic and add tempering on top of khicdi

7.  While hot, mix in 1 tbsp ghee and serve with masala chas and pickle,papad,


1.can add veggies like beans ,peas and carrot to above khicdi

2.Instead of toor dal u can also add whole moong, masoor dal, tuvar dal.
3.For extra flavor n richness, cashew nuts n peanuts can also added along with tempering
4.reduce water to 3-4 cups if you do not want too soft khichdi

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