Dal Khichdi

Khichdi, a pure comfort food of Rice and Dal or pulses, is a dish that’s very close to my heart. My Late Mom used to love khichuri and I can survive on it day in day out without getting sick & tired of it. There are numerous variations to make Khichudi or Khichdi . The terms are different in each part of India. As a person from Bengal, we Bengali people say ‘Khichudi’ and in North part of India people say ‘Khichdi’. I’ve been making Khichudi since a long time and Moong Dal is my favourite but I try with other dals too. Today I did with Toor or Arhar Dal. Simple and tastes heavenly!

Serves -2 people

Preparation time -10 mins, Cooking time-15 mins

Main dish

Cuisine – Indian


1 cup rice

2/3 cup toor dal

1 medium size onion chopped

1 medium size tomato chopped

2-3 green chillies chopped

1 Whole red chilli

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp coriander powder

Pinch of Asafoetida


Salt as per taste


Wash rice and dal separately. In a pressure cooker add 3 cups water and add the Dal and rice. Add salt and turmeric powder and cook for 3 whistles. Set aside

For Tadka, in a wok heat ghee, add cumin seeds and when it splutters add chopped onions, add ginger-garlic paste and stir until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chopped green chillies, coriander powder, salt and cook for 4-5 mins. Add the tadka to the rice & dal mix and stir well. Serve with chopped coriander leaves garnished

Dal Khichdi
Add washed dal and rice to pressure cooker and add turmeric powder and salt.
Fry the onions, ginger-garlic paste on ghee
Add chopped tomatoes
Enjoy the Khichdi

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