Thursday, November 03, 2022

Palak Khichdi (Instant Pot)

From here 

  • 1 cup short-grain rice Ambe mor or Kali Jeera or similar variety
  • ½ cup mung dal
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 to 3 small green chiles use more or less depending on the spice level
  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 3 tablespoons ghee plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper optional for serving


  1. Rinse rice and lentils and drain the water.
  2. Add rice, lentils, water, and salt to the Instant Pot insert and pressure cook for 6 minutes followed by 5 minutes natural pressure release. If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or 3 whistles.
  3. In a large pot bring 8 to 10 cups of water to boil. Add green chilies and baby spinach and blanch for 1 to 2 minutes or just until all the spinach wilts.
  4. Take out the spinach and chilies and run cold water over them so the spinach stops cooking further. Drain out the water completely.
  5. Add garlic cloves, ginger, and blanched spinach and chiles to a blender and make a smooth puree. Tip - If you do not like the fibers from the spinach make sure to puree well. I enjoy the fibers in the khichdi so I usually blend just for a minute.
  6. In a large pot heat ghee (Tip - I dry the pot used for blanching spinach and use for making the khichdi). Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle, about 30 seconds. Add finely diced onions and cook for 4 to 5 mins.
  7. Stir in garam masala, salt, and spinach puree. Then add the cooked rice and dal (from step 1 above) with more ghee and mix everything together.
  8. Serve immediately with more ghee and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


Onions seem pretty optional...