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Dal Khichdi

By Sona Narayanan @spillthespices
Dal Khichdi
Khichdi is an Indian dish made with rice and lentils. It's a mildly spiced dish and is served with pickle, papad, salad and yogurt. Khichdi is considered a wholesome and healthy food and is easy to digest. It is a nutritious meal for babies and toddlers. Also it does not take much time to prepare a khichdi.
It's been raining heavily and the weather is getting cooler. Dal khichdi is such a comfort food to have on cold rainy days. This dal khichdi is somewhat similar to the South Indian arisu paruppu sadam, except for the spices. I love to have this khichdi hot with pickle, kachumber salad and papad. Always serve the khichdi hot from the pot. Off to the recipe now!
Dal Khichdi


{ Indian dish with rice, mixed lentils and spices tempered in ghee }
Serves 2

½ cup basmati rice
2 tbsp toor dal
2 tbsp yellow moong dal
2 tbsp masoor dal
1 small-sized onion, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
½-inch ginger, chopped
Few curry leaves
1 small tomato, chopped
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp red chilly powder
¼ tsp cracked black pepper
Salt to taste
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Ghee, to serve
To temper:
1 tbsp ghee
¼-inch cinnamon stick
2 cloves
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1 red chilly, broken
Pinch of asafoetida / hing
1. Wash the rice and dals together. In a pressure cooker, heat ghee and add cinnamon, cloves and fry till aroma comes.
2. Then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilly, asafoetida and let it sizzle. Add onion, green chillies, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and fry till soft.
3. Then add tomato, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, black pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add rice, dals, salt, 3 cups of water and mix well.
4. Close with pressure cooker lid and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open and add coriander leaves. Drizzle with little more ghee.
Serving Suggestion ~ Pickle, papad, salad and plain yogurt.Dal Khichdi
Notes and Tips
  • You can add vegetables like peas, carrot, potato, beans and cauliflower to this khichdi.
  • I have used a mix of 3 dals here, you can make with just one dal or a mix of dals of your choice.
  • Serve khichdi immediately otherwise it will become dry. If it turns dry, add little hot water and adjust the consistency.
  • Ghee adds a good flavor and aroma, but if you are calorie conscious, use half ghee and half oil.
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