Palak Khichdi (Spinach Khichdi) By Chef Jigss


This mouth-watering khichdi makes a complete meal with just dahi-boondi and/or a papad because it is so self-contained in terms of flavours. From garlicky and tangy to mildly spicy, this delicious Palak Khichdi has everything you would love to have in a one-dish meal .With greens, rice and dal, it is really sumptuous too. Although the list of ingredients seems long, you will find that they are all common, everyday ingredients that you are sure to find in your kitchen.

It is a very nutritious, filling and a comforting meal. The Palak Khichdi has a consistency  like that  of a thick porridge and not like that of a pulao. You can adjust the consistency as per your preference by adding less or more water. It is easy to digest and make excellent food. Both kids and adults will love this khichdi.




  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups rough chopped spinach (palak)
  • 3/4 cup long grained rice (basmati)
  • 1/4 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
  • ¼- ½  tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • salt to taste
  • 4-5 tbsp ghee
  • 2- 3  6-7 garlic cloves
  • ¼ – ½ inch ginger (adrak) (optional)
  • 5-6 green chillies
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala  (optional)
  • 1 small stick cinnamon (dalchini) (optional)
  • 2 cloves (laung / lavang)
  • 1 cardamom (elaichi) (optiobal)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 4-6 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 whole dry kashmiri red chilli , broken into pieces (optional)
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice
  • Chopped green coriander

Soaking time:  30 minutes   Preparation Time: 20 mins   Cooking Time: 20-25 mins

Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 4





Combine the rice and dal in enough water in a deep bowl and soak it for 30 minutes. Drain well.



Now 1-2 tbsp ghee , 1 ½ cups water and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker



Add the rice, dal, turmeric powder,1 ½ cups water ,salt and mix well



And pressure cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.



Spreed the Khichdi on flat wide vessel and let it cool.



Chop the spinach, soak-wash, drain excess water




Now blanch the spinach with very little water.




Combine the spinach, green chillies, garlic, ginger and 2-3 tbsp of water in a mixer and blend till smooth. Keep aside.



Heat  ghee in a deep  pan, add the cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, cardamom ,curry leaves, kashmiri dry red chilli, Turmeric powder



Add onions and  sauté for 1-2 mins.



Add tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes ,while stirring occasionally



Add salt to taste, chilli powder, garam masala mix well



Add palak puree mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.



Add the cooked dal-rice mixture, salt and ½ – 1 cups of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasional




Turn off the flame add lemon juice , mix well



Sprinkle some green coriander, Serve hot with curd, raita and papad



You are ready to go ahead and try in your kitchen….


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