Palak Khichdi

Posted: March 2, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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There are lots of different ways to make khichdi. The basic ingredients is rice and lentils which is cooked together. The addition of  veggies and masala is vary from family to family. Some like their khichdi with masala and some don’t.  It considered  a very plain dish, cooked with very less oil, less masala and usually served to people who are ill.

Its is also the first solid food introduced to babies coz it is full of proteins and carbohydrates. Well in my case I consider khichdi one of my all time comfort food. And I make sure I make this once in a week. so, I keep modify the recipe once in a while. But this recipe is from my mom’s kitchen. Couple of weeks ago when I was talking to her she asked me to try adding palak/spinach in the khichdi. So, thought of sharing the recipe here:

Palak Khichdi

Palak Khichdi


  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup mix orange lentil(masoor dal) and yellow lentil(arhar dal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red whole chillies
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil


  • Wash and drained the mixture of rice and dals together and put into the pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, salt to taste and 3 cups water and cook for 2 whistle.
  • When the cooker has cooled down, stir the khichdi, check for consistency and add more water if needed.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil over medium high heat, add garlic and spinach leaves. cook for 2-3 minutes. Blend the cooked spinach in food processor and pour it in the khichdi and mix well.

For tampering: On medium heat add oil in a pan, then add cumin seeds followed by red chilli and wait until it gets brown. Pour this mix to the khichdi, be careful while doing this coz it gets splutter when hot oil touches the khichdi. Give a boil and serve hot .

  • Serve with pickle of your choice and dollop of ghee on top.
Palak Khichdi

Palak Khichdi

  1. zalak says:

    Great, Will surely try it.. even i m more fond of palak..

  2. amoll s patil says:

    we had it yesterday, i have not tested anything more delicious than this…yummmyyyy.

  3. mallugirl says:

    new here. u have an interesting blog.. the palak kichdi looks like its just waiting for a spoon.

  4. Laavanya says:

    What a great idea to incorporate palak in khichdi – looks perfect and comforting.
    Just browsed through your blog and love the yummy recipes you have.

  5. Tes says:

    I have never tried this before. The color is so fresh and lively. It sounds so comforting and delicious 🙂

  6. MaryMoh says:

    Looks very refreshing and healthy.

  7. Simply Life says:

    oh this is great to know -thanks!

  8. Pushpa says:

    Colorful and yummy palak kichidi.

  9. Kothiyavunu says:

    Lovely color..healthy and delicious khichadi..loved ur version.

  10. Soma says:

    Has to be the healthiest Khichdi ever. love the vibrant color. I use masoor and arhar dal too, but the palak sounds enticing.

  11. sharmi says:

    very inviting and warm!

  12. rebecca says:

    looks great and your right great for little ones

  13. Nandini says:

    It’s very nutritious and power-packed. Love it with mango pickle.

  14. Such a healthy and yummy dish! Love its color too…

  15. Malar Gandhi says:

    Looks hearty and comforting, love ur new twist.

  16. Panchpakwan says:

    Palak kichdi looks colorful, filling and healhty..

  17. Priya says:

    Yumm, thats a healthy and delicious inviting palak khichdi…yumm!

  18. Namitha says:

    Love khichdi and this one with that beautiful hue from palak, looks terrific 🙂

  19. sushma says:

    Looks mouthwatering!

  20. Deepa says:

    Oh wow this not only sounds so healthy but looks so soothing to my eyes

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. Sarah Naveen says:

    So delicious and healthy..loved the dollop of pickle on top 🙂

  22. Swathi says:

    palak khichdi looks delicious, awesome comforting meal.

  23. That look so healthy…i just loved this spinach one…

  24. Suma says:

    Nothing like a spicy one pot meal, one as healthy as this is all the more welcome! Loved the use of garlic nad spinach in this khichdi..

  25. Always love one pot meal n kichidi…but never prepared a kichidi with greens. Looks so healthy n delicious. I will definitely try this.

  26. Joanne says:

    This dish sounds ANYTHING but plain to me! I love the spices that you used in it!

  27. Priti says:

    It’s sure comfort foot for me too ….I have posted few version in my blog too..have to try this one…looks gr8

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