Spinach or Palak Khichdi is a one-pot meal of Yellow split gram and rice. It is tempered with spinach, onion, tomatoes and aromatic herbs & spices. It is easy to prepare and is as healthy and light on the stomach. In this Palak Khichdi recipe, the addition of spinach gives a lot of nutrition boost to the recipe.
This Palak Khichdi has a consistency similar to that of thick porridge and not like that of a Pulao. You can readily adjust the consistency as per your preference by adding less or more water. It is easy to digest and makes a portion of great food for small kids and recovering family members from an illness.
Palak Khichdi Recipe and Text Recipe Below
Palak Khichdi Recipe
- 300 gm Spinach Finely chopped
- 1/2 Cup Rice washed and soaked in water for 15-20 minutes
- 1/4 Cup Yellow split gram washed and soaked in water for 15-20 minutes
- 1 Tomato Finely chopped
- 1 Potato Finely chopped
- 1 Onion Finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp coriander Finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp Cooking oil
- 2 green chilies sliced
- 1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 Tbsp red chili powder
- 1 Dry red chili 3-4 Cloves, 1inch cinnamon stick
- 1 Tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 Tsp Garam masala
- 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
- 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- Heat a pressure cooker and add 2.5cups of water.
- Once water is lukewarm add soaked and drained rice and yellow split gram.
- Add chopped potatoes and 1 tsp of salt, stir and let it come to a boil.
- Next, add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and stir again.
- On full flame close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook until you hear four whistles. Turn the flame off after the fourth and set the cooker aside to cool it off.
- In the next step, heat a non-stick frypan and pour oil.
- Once the oil is hot add jeera, red dry chili, chopped onions, sprinkle salt to taste and stir.
- Add cloves, cinnamon, ginger-garlic paste, asafetida, and mix. Sauté for a minute.
- Next throw in some chopped green chilies, chopped tomatoes, sauté for few seconds.
- Now add turmeric powder, garam masala, and red chili powder and chopped Palak.
- Cook Palak until it is soft and for around 2-3 minutes.
- Now add the cooked Khichdi to the Palak tempering.
- Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves, and mix well.
- Cover the pan with the lid and cook for 2 minutes.
- Switch off the flame and present it in a serving dish
The aroma of this dish will automatically bring everybody on the dining table. It is such an exotic version of Khichdi. All you need is papad, pickle and Palak Khichdi to spend a lit weekend.
Do try this recipe and let me know your experience with recipe.
Siddhi Panchal is a food blogger at CookingwithSiddhi and food aficionado who loves to cook. Her cooking skills cover a range of Indian and international cuisines. Her aim is to enable other food enthusiasts explore their love for food by helping them cook delectable dishes from India and around the world.