Who says you need an awful lot of time to cook delicious food? Not me :)
I for one, like easy dishes... And I want tasty, filling food too. I cannot eat salads or bland food just because they are supposed to be healthy.
For a long time, I was under the impression that you need to put lot of effort to cook tasty food. But fortunately, I am proven wrong again and again and again :) I am coming across one after another easy, yet tasty, yet healthy dishes to make.
This is one such recipe. The moment I laid my eyes on it, I knew it was made for me!
Spinach Kichadi - the name itself has a healthy ring to it.
It came out unbelievably tasty.
This is a perfect one-pot healthy and filling rice-bath which is very simple as well as fancy to serve to your guests.
Rice - 1 cup(original recipe uses Basmathi, I used Sona masoori)
Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Spinach - 1 bunch
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp (I used finely chopped ginger and garlic(2))
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp(I used 1/2 tsp)
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Mixed vegetables - Carrots, peas (I didn’t use any)
Ghee - 1 tblsp
for the tadka
oil - 1 tblsp
Blanch the spinach leaves. Let it cool. Grind it to a paste. Wash and soak rice and dal.(I skipped this step because I didn’t use Basmathi)
Make tadka in a pressure cooker. Add curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste. Add onions and saute for couple of minutes. Add tomatoes. Add turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Saute till tomatoes are mushy. Add chopped vegetables(if adding any). Add pureed spinach. Add dal-rice mixture. Add water(3 glasses if using basmathi rice, 4-5 glasses if using sona masoori). Cook for 3-4 whistles. In the end, add ghee and mix well.
Toddler Verdict - My daughter was initially little skeptical looking at the green color, but she managed to eat it without complaining. yay!