Spinach rice with makhana kadhi

If you love kadhi pakora but want to enjoy without the guilt, try the healthier makhana kadhi that has flavour as well as texture. And when it is served along with vibrant green spinach rice, it makes a lip smacking meal!

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Kadhi, a yogurt and chickpea flour gravy is one of the most popular dishes in India and almost every region has their own way of making a kadhi. Punjabi kadhi with pakoda (fritters) or Gujrati fajeto (mango pulp with sweet kadhi) or sindhi kadhi with tomato and tamarind – the variety is endless and each equally flavourful.

Makhana or fox nuts/lotus seeds are not only healthy as they contain several important nutrients but roasted in little ghee with salt and pepper, makes for a delicious snack as they turn in these super crunchy nuggets. In my recipe, I have used these crunchy nuggets of nutrients in lieu of deep fried pakora. A sour, spicy Punjabi style kadhi garnished with a generous helping of ghee roasted makhana is a wonderful alternative to the popular kadhi pakora.

Spinach rice with makhana kadhi
Spinach rice with makhana kadhi

The makhana kadhi is delicious with pea rice or plain rice but in my opinion, it makes an unbeatable combination with spinach rice.  Not only is the spinach rice a delicious way to incorporate greens but it comes together fairly quickly too…blanch the spinach, grind it with the aromatics and mix it with fluffy rice. Its vibrant colour is not only beautiful to look at but when mixed with spicy, crunchy makhana kadhi, it makes a lip smacking one bowl meal.

Spinach rice with makhana kadhi
Spinach rice with makhana kadhi

If you liked this recipe, you may enjoy some of these too:

  1. Crispy coconut and lemon rice (tahdig)
  2. Healthy malai kofta in a creamy white gravy without cream
  3. Palak paneer sandwich
  4. Nepalese vegetable momos
  5. Fried rice pad thai style

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