Paalak Mattar ki Khichadi is a healthy and nutritious one pot meal with rice , lentils and greens . This meal is a comfort meal at the same time very delicious with a flavour of garlic .
My husband is a great fan of Khichadi and these Khichadis are made very often for dinner . Normally he prefers a lot of mixed veggies and I don’t deviate from the regular Vegetable Khichadi which I posted yesterday . It was at a wedding function that they had a counter for Khichadis . Yes you read right at a wedding ! They had a spread of khichadis and it was interesting to taste these . This is one counter which was jam packed . I guess everyone wants light comfort food rather than those fancy dishes .
I made this khichadi while my son in law visited us , as he is very fond of these too . I got my chance to experiment with a new flavour . Spinach and fresh green peas are the highlight of this meal . Garlic enhances the flavour , and I would strongly recommend it , but if you do not like the flavour just ignore it . I like all my Khichadis with pure ghee which lends them a wonderful aroma along with a intoxicating flavor .
The Paalak Mattar ki Khichadi makes a perfect balanced meal by it self but a addition of a raita makes it more desirable . I served it with Cucumber Tomato Raita, but you can choose any raita from Dahi Boondi or Aaloo Anar Raita or just simple plain fresh yogurt .
This is my Day 2 Post under the theme One Pot Meals..
Paalak Mattar ki Khichadi
1 cup rice
1cup toor daal
1 tsp ghee
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 cup spinach
1 cup green peas
2 tbsp ghee
5-6 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
1 small stick cinnamon
1 onion , chopped
2 green chillies , chopped
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp ghee
2-3 cloves garlic , sliced
Wash and soak the rice and daal for 10-15 minutes .
Pressure cook the daal and rice with 5 cups water , turmeric powder, salt and ghee .
Pressure cook for 2 whistles and let the pressure drop by itself .
Wash and chop the spinach finely .
Boil 1 cup water and after the water is rolling boil add spinach and switch off the gas.
After a minute drain the water and pour cold water over the spinach . Let the excess water drain .
Boil green peas till tender .
Heat ghee and add cumin seeds , cloves , cinnamon.
Add garlic and onions .Saute till onions turn pink . Add the blanched spinach , boiled peas .
Cook till the mix is dry .
Add garam masala and the cooked khichadi and mix well .
Just before serving temper with ghee, garlic and asafoetida .
Serve with curd or onion tomato Raita or Dahi Boondi.