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Gujarati Vaghareli Khichdi

By Anjana Chaturvedi @maayeka

Vaghareli khichdi- Rice,lentil and vegetable porridge- healthy delicious one pot meal

Khichdi is  my all time favorite comfort food. I make khichdi every week as its light, good for digestion and a  healthy quick fix meal. Their are so many variations of making this simple khichdi .Each state and family have there own favorite style of making khichdi.

I also makes so many variety and versions of khichdi . I love this simple Yellow Moong daal khichdi which is very easy to make and taste great always. this vaghareli khichdi is also a winter special . Tuvar daal khichdi  and this very healthy and delicious  Daliya khichdi is my family favorite and so I make these often .

Khichdi is a very healthy and quick one pot meal which can be made either  with a medley of vegetables or without any vegetables . In this vaghereli khichdi I have added my favorite vegetables but you can add your favorite or the available vegetables .if you have fussy eaters at home then can skip adding any vegetable but it still taste awesome.

Though with khichdi you don’t need any side dishes but as the saying goes – khichdi ke chaar yaar- ghee ,papad ,dahi ,achar .So a dollop of ghee with some yogurt ,popadam and some pickle at side takes the humble khichdi to another level.

For making any khichdi you don’t need to use any expensive variety of rice ,just use any short grain or even broken tukda rice can be used for making khichdi . Khichdi is also very good for infants, patients and is good to cure upset stomach but then try to have this simple Green moong daal khichdi as this khichdi is very simple and don’t have too many spices and tempering so its very healthy and easy to digest.



Waghareli Gujarati Khichdi Rice ,lentil and vegetable porridge- healthy delicious one pot meal
  • CourseKids Friendly, Main Dish
  • CuisineGujarati Cuisine
Servings4 person Prep Time10 minutes Cook Time10 minutes Ingredients
  • 1cup Rice
  • 1cup yellow lentil/moong daal
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas / Hari Matar
  • 1.5 Potatoes / Aloopeeled and choped
  • 1 Carrot / Gajarchopped
  • 1cup Bell Peppers / Capsicum / Shimla Mirchchopped
  • 1cup Tomatochopped
  • 1cup Cauliflower /phool gobhiflorets
  • 1tsp Ginger / Adrakchopped
  • 2 Green chili/hari mirchchopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi Powder
  • 1tsp Red Chilli powder / Laal mirch powder
  • 5cups Water / Paani
  • 4tbsp Fresh Coriander / Cilantro / Hara Dhaniyachopped
tempering/ tadka/ waghar
  • 3tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 3tbsp Clarified Butter / Desi Ghee/oil
  • 1/2tsp Mustard Seeds / Rai *
  • 1tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
  • 10 pepper corns/ Sabut kali mirch
  • 2 Bayleaves/Tejpatta
  • 1inch Cinnamon /daalchini
  • 6 Cloves / Lavang
  • 2tbsp Cashew Nuts / Kajuor peanuts
  • 4dried Dried Red Chilli, Whole
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  1. Wash daal and rice and soak in enough water for about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker and add cumin ,mustard .when they start to crackle then add cloves ,cinnamon,peppercorn,bay leaves and asafoetida and whole red chili.
  3. Now add all the choped vegetables,ginger,green chili and stir fry for few seconds
  4. add all the powdered spices and cashew and saute for a minute.
  5. Drain water from the soaked daal and rice and add rice and daal in the pressure cooker and stir fry for few seconds.
  6. Now add 5 cups of water and close the cooker lid.
  7. pressure cook for 3 whisteles on medium heat.
  8. let it cool down completely and then open the cooker and add chopped fresh coriander and mix gently.
  9. Serve hot with a dollop of ghee on top .
  10. Serving suggestion- serve with yogurt,papad and some pickle.
Recipe Notes


  1. I have used yellow moong daal but you can use mixed dal insted of using only moong daal.
  2. can use any short grain rice ,no need to use basmati rice.
  3. You can reduce the quantity of oil and ghee as per your preference.
  4. can use any vegetable depend on your choice and availability.

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