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Palak Khichdi

Palak Khichdi

Palak khichdi is a rice and red lentil based dish with spinach added to make it wholesome and nutritious.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 2 cups palak or spinach
  • ½ cup rice soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • ½ cup masoor dal or split red lentils soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • 2 green chillies
  • cup green peas
  • 1- medium onion chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1- inch cinnamon
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tbsp ghee or clarified butter
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash the spinach leaves under cold water. Boil water in a pot and then add the spinach leaves. Boil for 2 minutes. Drain the water.
  • In a blender jar, add blanched spinach leaves and green chillies. Blend to make a smooth paste.
  • Fill a pot with water and heat it on high flame. Add the rice and masoor dal. Bring it to a boil.
  • Lower the flame to medium, add salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Mix it well. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Then add the green peas. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • While it is cooking heat a non-stick pan on medium flame and pour ghee. Add chopped onion. Saute until it softens slightly.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell disappears.
  • Add this masala to the khichdi. Mix everything nicely.
  • Once the rice is almost cooked pour the palak puree. Mix well. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • In a grinder jar, add cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves and 1 tbsp water. Make a smooth paste.
  • Add this paste to the palak khichdi and mix well.
  • Drizzle ghee over the khichdi and serve hot.
Keyword Khichdi