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Spinach Khichdi Recipe for Babies, Toddlers, and Kids

Spinach Dal Khichdi - A quick, comforting meal made with rice, lentils, and spinach. Nutritious and iron food for kids.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Rice/Biryani
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Kalyani


  • Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Spinach - 2 cups chopped
  • Big Onion - 1 small sized
  • Green chilli - 1/2 optional
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Garlic - 4 cloves
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp optional
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Hing - a generous pinch
  • Lemon juice- 1 Tsp
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Salt - as required

To temper

  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp



  • Slice onions chopped ginger and garlic finely. Wash and roughly chop spinach into bite-size pieces. Slit green chilies. Set aside.
  • Wash rice and toor dal together and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes.


  • In 1/2 tsp of ghee, fry the spinach and green chili together until it shrinks. Switch off the flame once done.
  • Grind spinach and green chili together to a fine paste. Set aside.
  • Heat a pressure cooker with ghee. Add cumin seeds. Let it crackle. Then add onions and chopped ginger and garlic. Saute them nicely until golden brown.
  • Once onions become transparent, Add spinach puree, turmeric powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder(if using) and required salt. Give a quick stir.
  • Then add soaked rice & toor dal mix well. Give a quick stir.
  • Add required water and bring it to a boil. Then close the lid of pressure cooker and cook everything in a medium flame for three to four whistles. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker, add lemon juice and fluff the rice with a spoon slowly, top with ghee if required.


Serving: 2g