7 December 2015

Moong Dal Palak Khichdi

        One pot meals are not just the most convenient, but also an all-in-one comfort food that satiate one's appetite without over-crowding it with choices!! Khichdi, the ultimate Indian one-pot meal, is a great combination of rice and pulses and need the company of just some curd and pickle. As the saying I heard somewhere, Khichdi ke chaar yaar, Ghee, Dahi, Papad aur Achaar!! (The 4 companions of Khichdi - Clarified butter, Curd, Papad and pickle :) )

This khichdi comes with a twist, inspired from a recipe from a favourite TV show




Whole Green gram (moong dal) - 2 cups, soaked for 2 hours
Sprouted Green gram - 1 cup
Chopped Spinach - 1 cup
Turmeric powder (Haldi) - 1/4 tsp
Green chilies - 3
Buttermilk - 4 cups
Rice - 2 cups
Oil - 2 tsps
Cumin seeds (Jeera) - 1 tsp
Cloves - 3 to 4
Salt to taste
Clarified butter (Ghee) - 3 tbsps + 2 tbsps
Chopped Garlic - 4 to 5 cloves
Chopped Ginger - 1 tbsp


1. In a pressure pan or cooker, heat the oil and add jeera & cloves and fry for a bit.

2. Add the soaked green gram, chopped spinach, turmeric powder, salt, rice and fry for 3-4 minutes.

3. Now add the sprouted green gram and mix again. Pour 3 tbsps ghee and add slit green chilies and mix. Finally add the butter milk and cook on high heat up to 2 whistles, reduce heat and cook up to 2 whistles more.

4. Remove and let the pressure naturally release. Heat 2 tbsps ghee in a large pan and fry the chopped ginger and garlic till golden brown. Add the cooked Khichdi gradually and stir well.

Serve hot with curds and pickle of choice.