Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kichidi(Rice,Lentils and Spinach)

Hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving.We had a nice quite one this year,as a few of us were under the weather,and are now on the road to recovery after a few bouts of cold and sore throats!

The holiday season calls for rich decadent meals and after a few meals like that we crave simple comfort food,and nothing is more satisfying to us than a steaming cup of kichidi and a dollop of ghee.Kichidi is a rice based dish;the rice and lentils are cooked together along with aromatic whole spices and a good serving of vegetables of your choice (I added spinach in this one!).

Recipe Source : My Mother-in-law

  • 2 cups of Basamati Rice
  • 1 cup of Lentils ( I used masoor dhal,you can also use the small spilt yellow dhal)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of Spinach (tightly packed,I used frozen chopped spinach,you can use vegetable of your choice,carrots,peas or potatoes)
  • 2 Large Onions(sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies (slit,add more if you like it spicier,adjust to spice level)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 6 Green Cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee or oil of your choice
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • Salt to taste

Method :
  1. Wash the basamati rice in couple of changes of water.(drain all the water,from the rice and set aside)
  2. Wash the lentils in couple of changes of water and drain all the water.
  3. Heat a heavy based pan,add two tablespoons of ghee,when the ghee is heated add the cumin seeds,and they will sizzle.
  4. Add the whole aromatic spices (cinnamon,cardamom and cloves) and fry this for a quick minute.
  5. Add the sliced onions and saute them till they become translucent.
  6. Add the ginger and garlic paste and saute this till all the raw smell goes away.
  7. Add the green chillies,saute for another minute.
  8. Add the turmeric powder,add rice and fry the rice for a quick minute
  9. Add your lentils and fry this for another minute.
  10. Add the vegetables,I added frozen spinach,sauted it for another quick minute.
  11. In another pot boil 4 cups of water.
  12. Add 4 cups of hot water to the rice,lentil and vegetables,add salt and taste the water,it should taste a little salty.
  13. Cover the pot with a fitted lid and cook for 15-20 minutes till all the water has evaporated and the rice is cooked.( stir once in between)
  14. When the rice is cooked you can add a dollop of ghee prior to serving,enjoy the kichidi with your favorite curry,our favorite combination is kichidi and meatball curry,click here for the recipe: Meatball Curry (just the way my mother-in-law makes it!)

    I'm taking part in the Cooking with Seeds (CWS)-Rice event,hosted by The Big Sweet tooth,here


  1. Hi Dear,

    I bump here through Rafeeda's blog. I liked your entry for rice recipes, will be in touch.
    Have a nice day ahead!

    1. Hi Rashida,Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking the rice recipes.Look forward to keeping in touch.Have a nice day too.