One Pot Meals

Palak Brown Rice Khichdi | Spinach and Lentil dish – Gluten Free and Vegan

Palak Brown Rice Khichdi was my husband’s contribution to the ongoing mega BM. No, he didn’t cook it, but suggested the combo. As mentioned earlier, both of us are major Khichdi fans and he would gladly dig into a well made Moong Dal Khichdi even on his business / personal trips, while I would scour the buffet for some unknown gems :p 

As we make the transition from white polished rice into other grains, Brown rice is one substitute that we enjoyed both for the nutty flavour. It was interesting to read here the difference between brown and white rice, and how important that transition could be.

That said, this dish is a comfort one when not only time , but also taste is paramount. Some of the palak Khichdi dishes I saw online blanched and pureed the palak and used it with the rice , but somehow w preferred it plain. 

Add some veggies and you have a complete carb-protein balanced dish that’s perfect for lazy weekend cooking or rushed weekday lunch/brunch/dinner.  With some raita or plain curd + pickle, this is a great dish to dig into.

Other dishes with Brown Rice you may like on the blog:

Brown Rice Dosa

Brown Rice Vegetable Pulav

Iyengar Chakkarai Pongal with Brown Rice

Wholegrain Navadhanya Adai (lentils and Brown Rice crepe)

Prep time – 10 mins, Soak time (for brown rice)- 30 mins, Cook time – 15 mins ; 

Serves : 2 generously 



Palak Brown Rice Khichdi – Spinach and Brown Rice+ lentil  One Pot meal (Gluten free and Vegan)

What you need:

Brown Basmati Rice – 1 cup

(Red Lentils) Masoor Dal – 1/4 cup

(Split green gram) Moong Dal – 1/4 cup

Spinach / Palak – 2 cups (packed) 

Salt – to taste

Ghee / Oil – 1 TBSP

Cumin seeds / Jeera – 1/2 TBSP

Tomato – 1 medium (opt.)

Veggies : Carrot – 1/2 (cubed), french beans handful chopped fine, Sweet Corn – 2 handfuls

Whole spices – cinnamon 1 inch,  Cloves – 2 

Garlic – 2 pods (I didn’t add)

Ginger – 1 inch 


How to:

Wash and soak brown basmati rice for minimum 20-30 minutes. Similarly, soak the masoor in another bowl with 1/2 cup water.  Blitz the tomato slightly into chunks and keep aside

Wash, prep spinach, shred and keep aside. 

In a pressure cooker, add oil. Splutter jeera and whole spices , Add the spinach, veggies, tomato and saute for 2-3 mins on low flame till the spinach wilts a bit. 

Now add the soaked masoor along with water, Add the soaked and drained rice. mix well and add salt. 

Add 1/2 cup more water (or as required) – pls note spinach and tomato also release water while cooking , so add accordingly.

Pressure cook for just 2 whistles and let the pressure come down on its own

Serve hot with curd/  raita / pickle.  We loved the spicy, tangy khichdi as is 🙂   


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  1. Suma Gandlur

    I thought it was brown rice and was wondering how would it cook for two whistles. 🙂 I too am partial towards these kind of wholesome filling khichdis. It looks lovely.

    • Yes, Suma It is Brown Rice. Hence i soaked it for 30 mins. It does get done in 2 whistles after all that soaking.

  2. Sharmila Kingsly

    Even most of the time inised pureed papak rather than fully..will try using whole when I cook next time..

  3. Gayathri Kumar

    This brown rice kichdi loaded with palak and veggies looks absolutely yum Kalyani. I am yet to explore the brown rice recipes.

  4. vaishali sabnani

    I always forget to soak brown rice and end up cooking white , to tell you secretly somehow I like white rice and that too Basmati . My folks call me crazy .
    But actually speaking brown rice is good to eat and a Khichadi with it looks delicious .

  5. My folks have given up brown rice and so I have a huge bag of brown basmati rice in my pantry and I am sure I can cook this khichdi and see if they appreciate it 🙂 Looks absolutely fantastic and I love khichdis in any shape or form.

  6. I have made plain khichdi with brown rice and masoor dal with mild spices. You dish with veggies looks too good. Perfect and healthy dish for all ages.

  7. I like the idea of adding plain palak. Puree doesn't work well for all the recipes. This one is really good with the goodness of brown rice. Great share.

  8. Its nice when family suggests ideas for the themes, involvement really boosts us. This is a fantastic khichdi.

  9. cookwithrenu

    A khichdi with brown rice looks interesting and so colourful and healthy with the addition of palak to it.

  10. I usually use pureed palak in my pulao and khichdi..Healthy and wholesome pulao recipe.

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