Healthy Palak Khichdi/ How to make nutritious Palak Khichdi

Healthy Palak Khichdi/ How to make nutritious Palak Khichdi

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Khichdi, a healthy medley of dal and rice, is a one pot comfort meal that finds its place in every cuisine in India. Bisi bele bath in Karnataka, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Khechidi in Orissa, Pulagam in Andhra etc are some of the popular variant of khichdi.

Palak khichdi

I’m a die hard fan of khichdi. When I got married, in my in law’s family khichdi was considered as the food for sick, as it was made only when some one in the family had some digestion problem. When I made shahi khichdi for the first time, I got another companion that day i.e. My mother in law and slowly khichdi got a respectable place in my family. Now it is a regular in the menu.

Palak khichdi

This week in blogging marathon my theme is colourful dishes. For the first two days I made sweet dishes I.e. carrot sweet rice and tomato halwa. So for the third and last day, I wanted to make something savoury so made this palak khichdi.

Now why did I made this palak khichdi?? There is a reason behind that. I had some leftover rice and some dal in my fridge that I wanted to utilise. I mixed both of them and gave them a boil. My father in law had brought mustard greens and spinach to make sarson ka saag,. He had brought an extra bunch of spinach to make pakoras. I used that extra spinach to make this khichdi. Initially I added the whole palak puree that was around two cups. The khichdi had a strong flavour of spinach so I made another smaller batch of plain khichdi and added it to the palak khichdi. Now all the flavours were balanced. It tasted just awesome with a dollop of ghee on the top and some paper and curd as the side.

Palak khichdi

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Palak Khichdi Recipe
Palak khichdi
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 25 min
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 25 min
Servings
Ingredients
Palak khichdi
Instructions
  1. Soak rice and dal in sufficient water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Blanch spinach in hot water for 10 minutes, cool and then puree it along with green chillies. Keep aside.
  3. In a pressure cooker, put rice and dal, salt and about 2 cups of water.
  4. Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release on its own. Lightly mash the rice, dal mixture with the back of ladle.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan over medium heat, add hing and cumin seeds. Let the seeds splutter.
  6. Add chopped onion, ginger and garlic. Saute till onions turn translucent.
  7. Add grated carrot and chopped tomatoes. Cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  8. Add palak puree, cook for another couple of minutes. Finally add rice and dal mixture. Add water according to the consistency you like. Let it cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  9. Drizzle some ghee on the top and serve hot with raita and some papad.
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5 thoughts on “Healthy Palak Khichdi/ How to make nutritious Palak Khichdi

  1. wow this is such a comforting food in winters and you successfully tempted me to have this now. This palak khichdi looking absolutely warm and delicious. Have it with ghee. so heavenly with little carrot pickle.

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