Khichdi is a simple and comforting food prepared with dal (lentils) and rice. It is wholesome, nutritious, easy to digest and also very easy to prepare. Dal khichdi can be prepared with a single dal or a combination of 2 or more dals (lentils). I have used a mix of tur dal and moong dal to prepare this dal khichdi. As I have already posted a spicy version of moong dal khichdi, I have made this khichdi very simple and less spicy. Today we will learn how to make dal khichdi following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.
Chop onion and tomatoes and keep it ready.
Wash and soak rice and dal together for half an hour. Pressure cook with 3 cups of water and a little salt. (since it is a khichdi, even if there is more water, no problem as khichdi will be mushy)
Heat oil + ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaf and curry leaves. When cumin seeds sizzle, add chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli. Saute until onion browns lightly.
Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt needed.
Cook until tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
Add the cooked rice and dal mixture to the onion tomato mixture.
Add 1 1/2 cup of warm water and mix everything well. Cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes or until everything gets blended well. Check for salt by tasting the khichdi. Add if required.
Drizzle a tsp of ghee and serve piping hot.
Suggested side dishes for khichdi - mango pickle - papads - chips - raitha or even plain curd.
Note - Khichdi tends to thicken as it cools. So when reheating khichdi, add a little hot water and then reheat it.
You can prepare this khichdi with moong dal alone instead of a mix of moong dal and tur dal. (ie) you must use 1/4 cup moong dal for 1/2 cup rice.
As Khichdi is my comfort food, you will find many khichdi recipes in this space. More khichdi recipes below-
Spicy Moong Dal Khichdi
Vegetable Khichdi in pressure cooker
Khichdi for babies
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