Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spinach Khichdi-Palak Khichdi Recipe-Khichdi Recipes

Khichdi has always been our family's favorite food. Its also ranks top in my list of comfort food. This khichdi is similar to my vegetable khichdi except instead of vegetables, I have used spinach. It is a very nutritious, filling and a comforting meal. Both kids and adults will love this khichdi. Today we will learn how to prepare palak khichdi following this simple recipe with step wise pictures. 

Spinach Khichdi
Spinach Khichdi with mixed veg raita 

Palak Khichdi-Spinach Khichdi

Palak Khichdi-Spinach Khichdi

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryMain Course-Rice Dishes
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rice - 1/2 cup (I used ordinary raw rice)
   Dal - 1/4 cup (You can use moong dal or a mix of moong dal + tur dal)
   Spinach/ palak - half a medium sized bunch or 3/4 cup puree
   Onion chopped -1/2 cup
   Green chillies -1-2 slit
   Ginger-garlic paste -1 tsp
   Salt as needed

   Spice powder

   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
   Coriander powder -1 tsp
   Cumin powder -1/2 tsp
   Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Peppercorns -1/2 tsp
   Cumin/Jeera seeds -1/2 tsp

   Final seasoning

   Ghee -2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Hing - a pinch
   Red chillies -1
   Garlic - 1 tbsp finely chopped


Wash and soak rice and dal together for 20 minutes.

Wash, remove the thick stalk and chop spinach leaves.

Boil a little water and put the spinach leaves in it. Add a little salt and a pinch of sugar.

Once it is cooked a little, remove from water, cool it and blend it to a puree. Keep it aside. Do not discard that water. We can use it for cooking rice.


Heat oil in a pan, add jeera seeds and pepper corns, when jeera sizzles, add finely chopped onions and slit green chillies.

preparing palak khichdi

Saute onions until it turns pink. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

sauteing onions

Now add the spinach puree, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt needed.(when I was about to blend the spinach, power went off. So I mashed the spinach well and added, which was also good)

Add the soaked rice + dal mix (after draining the water) and mix everything well.

how to prepare spinach khichdi

Now add 2 cups of water (you can use the water in which you cooked spinach) and mix well. Check for salt at this stage- taste the water and see, if it a little salty, the salt added with be perfect once the rice is cooked.  Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

                  how to make palak khichdi

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mix the contents well.

Heat 2 tsp of ghee, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add hing, finely chopped garlic and red chilli, saute for a few seconds and pour it over the khichdi.

Serve piping hot with raita or any pickle or papads.

Palak Khichdi

Note -Khichdi should be mushy. The amount of water varies according to the rice used. General rule is - add more water than what you normally add for cooking rice.

If you want it more mushy, you can add little more hot water and cook for a few more minutes after opening the cooker.

Khichdi should always be served hot.

More Khichdi Recipes

Moong dal Khichdi 

Vegetable Khichdi 

Cracked Wheat khichdi 

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  1. healthy and mouthwatering khichdi

  2. Very healthy recipe...Bookmarking this...

  3. good one paddu. i make it as well. like the color of ur khichdi.

  4. Wat a best way to sneak greens, health and nutritious khichdi.

  5. what a healthy combo? we can have anything with raitha !

  6. love the healthy way to prepare khichdi..

  7. Healthy and nutritious khichdi..

  8. this is definetly a new recipe to me.. :)

  9. I loved your vegetable version and will definitely make this one too! This is the kind of recipe that makes being a vegetarian fun.

  10. i tried this recipe really very tasty and nutricious thank u !!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Tried it and turned out awesome. The proportions n specification r just perfect. Thanks a ton padhu. M ur ardent follower.

  12. Hi, I have been some of your recipe in the last 1-2 months. So far all good.Thanks!
    But, this one Spinach kichdi became a semi-flop. The rice, toor dhal and moong dhal mix didnt cook properly with my usual 4 whistle cooker. Dont know if mixing rice and toor dhal is a good thing or should I cook them separately and mix it up ?

    1. It must be because of the quality of dal. Soak rice and dal in boiling water for 30 minutes and then cook. If your dal is not cooking properly, you can also cook rice and dal separately and mix everything in the end and cook on low heat . This is a fantastic and a very healthy and comforting dish.

  13. Thank you so much for your yummy family loved my preparation

  14. Hi Padhu. Can you tell me if we can make this as spinach rice with reduced water quantity? It's jus that my hubby doesn't like rice in a mushy form. Do let me know your suggestion, thanks in advance

    1. Yes, you can add less water to make spinach dal rice by following the same procedure.

  15. Nice website with simple and easy to make recipes. Have a quick question though, is it ok to directly cook in a aluminium pressure pan? Heard somewhere that it's not safe and aluminium leaches into ur food.

  16. Hi Padhu, the recipe turned to be a hit at my home... Thank you ☺️... Why should the palak be boiled in water?

    1. We are just blanching the palak. This tastes good than adding raw palak.

  17. Hi Padhu, I tried this receipe today, it turned out very well and big hit at my home.. Thank you :)

  18. Hi kadhu I tried at my home.its awesome


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