Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Palak Khichdi / Spinach Khichdi

Happy Independence Day to One n all!! Today August 15, India Celebrated 66th Independence Day n my fellow blogger friends were very creative n they Posted recipes with the Tricolor of India's National Flag-Saffron,White n Green to show their Tribute n Love. Great Work Gals!!
I always prefer easy n quick one pot meal for lunch at the same time i want to make it as healthy n wholesome. This Palak Khichdi/Spinach Lentil Rice is one such recipe. Very easy to make n also filling and wholesome recipe. I have some left over Snake gourd after using it in Poriyal, so i added that also to my khichdi. 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...

  1. Rice     1 and 1/4 cup (i used sona masoori)
  2. Yellow Moong dal    1/2 cup
  3. Spinach    1 bunch(roughly chopped)
  4. Onion    1 large (finely chopped)
  5. Tomato    1 or 2 chopped
  6. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  7. Salt     to taste
To Wet Grind
  1. Onion    1/2 of a small onion(chopped)
  2. Green chili    2 no.
  3. Cumin seeds     1/2 tsp
  4. Coconut      1/4 cup (shredded)
To Temper
  1. Oil/Ghee         1 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds   1/2 tsp
  4. Urad dal     1/2 tsp
  5. Dry Red chili    2no.(broken)
  6. Curry leaves     few
  7. Hing    1/8 tsp

  • Wash n soak Rice n dal separately for at least  20-30 minutes.
  • Grind all the ingredients under "to wet grind" using little water n keep ready.
  • Wash spinach thoroughly and roughly chop it and transfer to a microwave safe bowl add pinch of sugar n cook for 2 1/2 minutes.
  • Then cool for a while and puree it n keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the tempering ingredients one by one n wait till it splutter and add onions and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then add tomato n saute until it turns soft and add spinach puree n turmeric powder saute for a minute.
  • After that add soaked n drained moong dal n saute for a minute, then add ground coconut paste and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • And add enough water n salt and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add soaked n drained rice, stir well and cook until done or pressure cook for 1-2 whistle.
  • That's it...healthy n tasty Palak Khichdi ready.

U can add add the tempering after the rice has cooked, like i did for my Carrot Peas Khichdi.
This is a mild or less spicy recipe, if u want spicy add green chili (while grinding) to your taste.
Instead of yellow moong dal u can also add whole moong, masoor dal, tuvar dal.
For extra flavor n richness, cashew nuts n peanuts can also added along with tempering.


  1. Super healthy rice sangee....

  2. healthy and delicious khichdi....
    lovely clicks :)

  3. Kichdi looks delicious.. Very healthy one..

  4. Nutritious and healthy Khichdi..filling tooo:)

  5. So healthy, love that green colour!

  6. So detailed, well made khichdi- filled with nutrition

  7. Super(power) rice.. Nice color it is full of goodness

  8. Great ...khichdi look so yum ....adding puree is wonderful idea

  9. kichdi with green tinge looks beautiful and it's healthy too

  10. Nice Step by step presentation and lovely colour....Do visit my blog in your spare time.

  11. The spinach kichidi looks good, I made a similar version minus the spinach 2 days ago. tasted more like arisi paruppu sadham.

  12. healthy and delicious.. like its color..

  13. loving the recipe! cant wait to make it!!:)

  14. wow very tempting and healthy.. neat presentation..

  15. I love Palak Khichdi.. just a wonderful way to add greens to your diet.. your pics are fab !

  16. Love this..Very healthy..I used to prepare this with toor dal..

  17. Healthy and definitely a flavourful khichdi, with some chips i can finish that whole bowl.

  18. First time here, came from Roshni's blog. Very nutritious khichdi, love the color of spinach.

  19. Palak khichdi with palak puree is something beyond my thoughts however this outstanding presentation is forcing me to try now so will try soon and thanx for all recipes.

    1. Thanks so much...If you try please don't forget to share your feedback. Hope you like it :) Thanks!


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