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palak khichdi recipe | easy & healthy moong dal palak khichdi recipe

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palak khichdi recipe with step by step photos – here is a one pot meal of mung lentils and rice khichdi with spinach (palak) and peanuts . easy to prepare as well as healthy and light on the stomach. in this palak khichdi, the addition of spinach and peanuts gives a lot of nutrition boost to the otherwise healthy khichdi.

palak khichdi recipe

this palak khichdi recipe was shared with me by my sister. in this recipe, i have included peanuts not only for the nutritional benefit but also for the nice texture they give to the otherwise smooth khichdi.

being from maharashtra, i am used to having peanuts in many recipes like poha and dry vegetable dishes. i also make a spicy and hot peanut – green chili mixture called as ‘thecha‘ in marathi language. in fact, peanuts and cashews are two of my favorite ingredients to add crunch and texture to many recipes.

the palak khichdi has a consistency like that of a thick porridge and not like that of a pulao. you can easily adjust the consistency as per your preference by adding less or more water. its easy to digest and makes an excellent food for small kids and convalescing people. other similar recipes you can make with palak and rice is palak biryani and palak pulao recipe.

serve palak khichdi with plain curd/yogurt or raita or with pickle. there are few more khichdi recipes in the blog like bengali dal khichdi, vegetable khichdisabudana khichdi and dal khichdi recipe.

if you are looking for more palak recipes then do check palak paneer, palak soup, sarson ka saag, palak dal and palak paneer restaurant style recipe.

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palak khichdi recipe | moong dal palak khichdi recipe

palak khichdi recipe - a sumptuous and nutritious khichdi made with mung lentils, rice, spinach and peanuts.
course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups chopped palak (spinach)
  • ¼ or ⅓ cup raw peanuts (moongphali)
  • ½ cup moong dal (yellow mung lentils)
  • ½ cup long grained rice or basmati rice
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium size potato, chopped
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shah jeera) Or cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ inch ginger + 3 to 4 garlic - crushed in a mortar-pestle to a paste Or 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste (adrak lahsun ka paste)
  • 1 green chilli, chopped (hari mirch)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) * check notes
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 3.5 to 4 cups water

how to make recipe

preparation for palak khichdi

  1. pick and rinse both the rice and moong dal together. 

  2. soak them together in enough water for about 30 minutes.

  3. rinse the palak or spinach leaves well. 

  4. chop them and then in a mixer or blender, make a smooth puree of the spinach adding very little water. keep the spinach puree aside.

making palak khichdi

  1. heat ghee or oil in the pressure cooker. add the caraway seeds or cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves and cardamoms.
  2. fry the whole spices for some seconds till they become fragrant. add the finely chopped onion and saute till they become golden.
  3. add the ginger-garlic paste and the chopped green chilies. saute for about 15-20 seconds or till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away.
  4. then add the chopped tomatoes and saute till they begin to soften.
  5. add the turmeric powder and asafoetida and stir well.
  6. now add the peanuts, potatoes and saute for about 2 minutes.
  7. add the spinach puree and continue to saute for 2-3 minutes.
  8. strain the rice and moong dal and add them to the spinach mixture. stir well.
  9. pour 3.5 to 4 cups water. add salt and stir well.
  10. check the taste and if required add some more salt. pressure cook palak khichdi on medium flame for 5 to 6 whistles.

  11. once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. check the consistency of the palak khichdi.

  12. if the khichdi looks thick, then you can add some hot water and simmer for a few minutes.
  13. remember to stir often as otherwise the khichdi gets stuck at the bottom. if the khichdi appears thin, then simmer till you get the desired consistency.
  14. while serving, pour the palak khichdi in bowls or plates and top with 1/2 to 1 tsp of ghee.
  15. serve the palak khichdi hot with plain curd/yogurt or raita or a simple vegetable salad.

recipe notes

  • skip the asafoetida for a gluten free version of this khichdi.

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how to make palak khichdi recipe:

1. pick and rinse both ½ cup rice and ½ cup moong dal together.

palak khichdi recipe

2. soak them together in enough water for about 30 minutes.

palak khichdi recipe

3. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making khichdi.

palak khichdi recipe

4. rinse the palak or spinach leaves well.

palak khichdi recipe

5. chop them. add 2 cups of chopped spinach leaves (palak) in a mixer or blender.

palak khichdi recipe

6. adding very little water, make a smooth puree of spinach.

palak khichdi recipe

7. keep the spinach puree aside.

palak khichdi recipe

8. heat ghee or oil in the pressure cooker. add ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (or cumin seeds), 1 inch dalchini (cinnamon), 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf), 2 lavang (cloves) and 2 hari elaichi (green cardamoms).

palak khichdi recipe

9. fry the whole spices for some seconds till they become fragrant.

palak khichdi recipe

10. add 1 medium sized onion, chopped finely.

palak khichdi recipe

11. saute till they become golden.

palak khichdi recipe

12. add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and 1 chopped green chili.

palak khichdi recipe

13. saute for about 15-20 seconds or till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away.

palak khichdi recipe

14. then add 1 medium sized tomato,  chopped finely.

palak khichdi recipe

15. saute till tomato begin to soften.

palak khichdi recipe

16. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing).

palak khichdi recipe

17. stir and mix well.

palak khichdi recipe

18. now add ¼ or ⅓ cup of raw peanuts (moongphali) and 1 medium sized chopped potato.

palak khichdi recipe

19. saute for about 2 minutes.

palak khichdi recipe

20. add the palak puree.

palak khichdi recipe

21. continue to saute the spinach puree for 2-3 minutes.

22. strain the rice and moong dal.

23. add the strained rice and moong dal to the mixture.

24. stir well.

palak khichdi recipe

25. pour 3.5 to 4 cups water.

palak khichdi recipe

26. add salt as required.

palak khichdi recipe

27. stir and mix well.

palak khichdi recipe

28. check the taste and if required add some more salt. pressure cook palak khichdi on medium flame for 5 to 6 whistles.

palak khichdi recipe

29. once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. check the consistency of the palak khichdi.

palak khichdi recipe

30. if the khichdi looks thick, then you can add some hot water and simmer for a few minutes.

palak khichdi recipe

31. remember to stir often as otherwise the khichdi gets stuck at the bottom. if the khichdi appears thin, then simmer till you get the desired consistency. while serving, pour the palak khichdi in bowls or plates and top with ½ to 1 teaspoon of ghee.

palak khichdi recipe

32. serve the palak khichdi hot with plain curd (yogurt) or raita or a simple vegetable salad. for more delicious khichdi recipes, you can check this collection of 11 khichdi recipes.

palak khichdi recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


27 thoughts on “palak khichdi recipe | easy & healthy moong dal palak khichdi recipe

  1. I made this in the pressure cooker as a comforting meal during winter weather. It was such a tasty way to get vegetables, fiber, and protein in one meal! I loved having peanuts in it. I think that, in the future, I’ll boil the peanuts separately so that they don’t get too soft while pressure cooking. Thank you Dassana for your delicious recipes as always 🙂

    • thanks anjali for this nice feedback on the palak khichdi recipe. i agree the peanuts taste too good. usually we prefer the peanuts to be cooked well. so i add them in the with the other ingredients. but yes you can even boil the peanuts separately. most welcome anjali ?

  2. Thanks for the recipe I tried and came out
    Well my kid also liked it very much

    • welcome sangeetha. glad to know this.

  3. Hello!

    I followed this recipe and the Palak Khichadi turned out to be awesome. Everyone in the house loved it!

    Thanks so much Dassana Amit 🙂

    • thanks a lot reema for sharing your positive review on the recipe.

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