Monday, April 6, 2015

Dal Khichdi Recipe-How to make Khichdi-Khichdi Recipes

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.

Dal Khichdi

Dal Khichdi-Khichdi Recipe

Dal Khichdi

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves 1
 Recipe CategoryRice-Lunch
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rice - 1/2 cup
   Moong Dal -1 1/2 tbsp
   Tur dal -1 1/2 tbsp

   Onion -1 big
   Garlic - 3-4 cloves finely chopped
   Ginger -1 inch piece finely chopped
   Green chilli -1 slit
   Tomato - 1 big
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
   Salt needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil + ghee - 1 tbsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
   Bay leaf - 1
   Curry leaves - few


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)

cooked rice and dal for khichdi


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.

sauteing onion,ginger and garlic

Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt needed.

Cook until tomatoes turn soft and mushy.

cooking tomatoes for dal khichdi

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.

How to make Khichdi  

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

Spinach Khichdi

Vegetable Khichdi in pressure cooker

Daliya Khichdi

Bulgur Khichdi

Khichdi for babies

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  1. This looks fantastic. Thanks for your effort. Shall prepare today.

  2. Looks simple.. Recipe is useful during time constraint....

  3. Can you please tell me what that pink stuff is? It looks yummy.

    1. That is beetroot potato raitha /beetroot potato yogurt salad (u can name it as you like).

  4. thanks....:) it was so easy to learn from here... i made it,,, and its very tasty :) thanks...

  5. nice thank u...very easy today I will try

  6. 1 cup water means how much Mili Litres???

  7. My mom loved it when I did...
    Thanx paddu.....

  8. My mom loved it when I did...
    Thanx paddu.....


  9. I had this in a rajasthan restaurant long time back,and I was looking for this recipe since -the exact recipe.

    The recipe is simple, and being new cook-i can't wait to try this.

  10. Thanks Padhu! The recipe was simple. I prepared it today. My daughter liked it. Made me a proud father:)

  11. Thank You very much for the recipe...Tried it today. Nailed it :)

  12. Thank u very much. Going to cook this recipe now

  13. Wow amazing, your recipe is superb.... My whole family enjoyed. My little picky eater daughter ate twice... Thanks sis.


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