Spinach-Lentil Mushy Rice OR Palak-Moong Daal Khichdi

Palak Khichdi 1


1 cup   White Rice (i used sona masoori rice)

1/2 cup   Moong Dal

1 1/2 cup   Spinach  (1/2 of a large bunch)

1   Onion (fine chopped)

1   Tomato (fine chopped)

1 tsp   Ginger (minced)

2 tsp   Garlic (minced)

3   Green Chilli

1 tsp   Cumin (coarsely crushed)

1/2 tsp   Garam Masala Powder

1/2 tsp   Chili Powder

a pinch of Asafoetida / Hing

2 tbsp   Oil / Ghee

Salt to taste

Palak Khichdi


  1. Blanch cleaned spinach leaves in boiling water for 2-3 mins, followed by soaking them in cold water for another 2 mins.
  2. Now Puree the blanched spinach and green chilies to a fine paste. Add lil water if required.
  3. Clean the rice and dal, and soak in water for 20 mins.
  4. In a pressure cooker, take some ghee. Add garlic, ginger and cumin, sautee for half min.
  5. Add onion and fry until light brown in colour. Then add tomatoes and sautee until they begin to soften.
  6. Add asafoetida, chili powder, garam masala and salt. Sautee for a min.
  7. Strain the rice and dal and add them. Stir well.
  8. Now add the spinach puree and cook for 2 mins.
  9. Pour 5 cups water and mix well. Do a taste check now and adjust the seasoning as required.
  10. Pressure cook on medium flame for 8 to 10 mins.
  11. Once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and check for the consistency of the khichdi.
  12. If it’s too thick then add little hot water and simmer for a min to get the right consistency. And, if it’s too thin, then simmer for few minutes.
  13. Serve the khichdi hot, topped with a 1 tsp of ghee. It’s best accompanied with some pickle, salads and roasted papads.

Palak Khichdi 2


  • For khichdi, I use the water in which i had blanched the spinach. As they have some of the nutrients that had leached out of the leaves.
  • Khichdi must be mushy, so add more water than you would normally use for cooking the rice.

9 thoughts on “Spinach-Lentil Mushy Rice OR Palak-Moong Daal Khichdi

    1. Ohh thats nice know that your daughter loves moong daal. We used to find it only at the Indian groceries earlier. But now it’s available at most of the supermarkets here. Glad you liked it. You should surely give it a try 🙂

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    1. Glad you liked the recipe. And, thank you soo much for nominating me.:) I’ll soon come up with the answers and nominations. Btw, can I have your name – just know you as smiling notes. Thanks.
      – Priti

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