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Spinach Dal Khichdi

Spinach Dal Khichdi

Dhal khichdi is healing, delicious, and it is an absolute blast of flavour. You will be amazed by how easy it is to make and how nourishing a bowl of this delight can be. Be ready to have this on-demand during this fall season. You will need it and you will love it!

Khichdi, although not officially, has been declared as India's national dish on many occasions. The reason behind it is that Khichdi has all the traditional flavours of Indian culture, it's incredibly healing, and it is equally consumed by wealthy and working classes in every corner of the country. 

It has been really hard to track its origins since it's such an ancient dish. The recipe hasn't changed a whole lot regardless of being as old as they think it is. And, of course, different regions and different households will have their own versions but it is essentially the same very basic ingredients. 

spinach dal khichdi ingredients

Khichdi is a delicious mixture of rice, lentils, and spices. Yes, as simple as that! But like any other Indian food, it is all in the spices. We are using bay leaves, ginger, garlic powder, cumin, and turmeric. The combination is pure perfection when it comes to taste and hearty feels. 

As you can see, the dish is already pretty vegan, I didn't have to change it up that much. Restaurants usually cook it with Ghee or a lot of vegetable oil, that's the only downside of this dish. To avoid both issues I am using very little amount of olive oil. We just need to work some magic to make sure our dish is still full of flavour and texture. 

The simplicity and incredible load of flavours are what makes this dish so appealing. And it will make you crave it throughout the whole cold weather season. But the reason I keep it as a staple during the colder months of the year is more related to its comforting and healing properties than anything else.

roasted spices tomato and naan

If you or anyone in your family is feeling a bit under the weather a warm bowl of khichdi is incredibly soothing. Actually, in India, a lot of families give it to young kids, the elderly, and even the sick to help them recover and keep them healthy. 

To get as many nutrients as possible in a single bowl of food, I also added some leafy greens. You can add a few different veggies. I used spinach for this recipe but you can also add kale for example. Some people get more creative and add bell pepper, onion, peas, the possibilities are endless. 

We can say this is a filling meal, and you can have it for lunch or for dinner. Anytime, of the day is a good time for dhal khichdi really. Add a few slices of warm naan, curl up on the couch, wrap yourself in a blanket and you are ready for whatever comes your way!

spinach dal khichdi top down

Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Tomatoes


For the Dal

  • 2 leaves bay leaf
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ cup millet
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 2 medium tomato (remove seeds and thinly sliced)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 6 cups water
  • ¾ cup yellow dal (washed)

For the bread

  • 2 pieces naan (cut in half) (optional)

For the garnish

  • 1 fresh chili (remove seeds thinly sliced) (optional)


  1. Use a big pot and add the oil, saute shallot and ginger for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tumeric, cumin and garlic powder and fry for about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute until mushy, add dal and millet and saute for 3 to 4 more minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the spinach and salt and simmer for 25 -30 minutes until soft.
  5. Toast the naan bread according to the instructions on the package add the salt and stir in the spinach.
  6. Adjust taste before serving and sprinkle with chili and serve with naan bread, enjoy!

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