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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Panchratna Dal Khichdi Recipe-Simple Khichdi in Pressure Cooker

I love khichdi not only because it is my comfort food but also it is very easy to prepare. This recipe is specially for people who say they don't have time to cook healthy meals. I am taking the simple dal khichdi to the next level by using panchratna dal and brown rice to prepare the khichdi. It is wholesome, nutritious and delicious. I have discussed about Panchratna dal in my earlier post. You can check that in my Panchratna Dal Recipe, if you have missed it. It is a mix of 5 different dals (lentils)-Tur dal, Bengal gram (chana dal), split black urad dal, split green gram dal and masoor dal. Many are of the opinion that healthy recipes are tasteless and boring, but I choose to differ. This space has many delicious at the same time healthy recipes.

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Simple Khichdi Recipe-Panchratna Dal Khichdi

Simple Khichdi Recipe-Panchratna Dal Khichdi

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryMain Course-Lunch
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Panchratna Dal - 1/4 cup
   Brown Rice - 1/4 cup
   White Rice - 1/4 cup
   Salt needed
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Cloves - 2
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Green chilli -1 slit
   Curry Leaves - a sprig

   Top up seasoning

   Clarified butter/Ghee - 1-2 tsp


Wash and soak panchratna dal, brown rice and white rice together for 2 hours.

panchratna dal

I usually use the pressure cooker for making khichdi as it cooks faster and saves a lot of time. If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can cook in a pan with a lid but will take a long time.

Pressure cook dal and rice adding a little salt, turmeric powder and 2 1/2 cups of water for 4-5 whistles. I kept it in a vessel inside the cooker as you can see in the picture below. If you are cooking directly in the cooker, pressure cook for 2 or 3 whistles and simmer for 4 minutes. Take care not to burn the rice and dal.


Heat oil (or even oil + butter if preferred) in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add cloves and cinnamon.

Then add finely chopped ginger, slit green chilli and curry leaves.

Add the cooked dal + rice, salt needed and mix well, so that the rice is well coated with the seasoning. 

Drizzle a tsp of ghee and serve hot with any vegetable curry, papads, raitha or just plain curd and pickle.

Note - You can use 1/2 cup brown rice instead of adding 1/4 cup white rice.

If you want it mushy, add more water.

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