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Masoor Dal and Palak Khichdi

Masoor Dal and Palak Khichdi

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 18 mins

Makes 4 servings

Khichdi is a wonderful, versatile Indian food. It is satiating and easy to prepare, and fits perfectly into any meal, be it lunch or dinner. It also lends itself to a lot of innovation, and you can come up with varied versions with unique combinations of dals, veggies and spices. Masoor Dal and Palak Khichdi is a very wholesome recipe, which includes healthy spinach and energy-giving potatoes along with simple spices. Indeed, it is fit to be called a meal in a bowl!

Ingredients

1/2 cup rice (chawal) , washed and drained

1/2 cup masoor dal (split red lentil) , washed and drained

1 cup chopped spinach (palak)

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp green chilli paste

1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

1/2 cup peeled potato cubes

salt to taste

Fresh curd For Serving

1.Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds.

2.When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, green chilli paste and turmeric powder and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

3.Add the spinach and potatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes,while stirring occasionally.

4.Add the rice, masoor dal, salt and 3 cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

5.Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.

6.Serve immediately with fresh curds.

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