How to Make Khichidi

by Sharell शारेल on April 14, 2009

in Indian Recipes

Last night I wanted a quick dinner so I made some khichidi (although, I’ve been told this khichidi is more like pulao!). Khichidi is a really easy but tasty Indian rice dish. What makes it so fabulous is that all the ingredients get combined and cooked together.

Indian Khichidi Recipe

  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 cup of moong daal (lentils)
  • 1 small onion (finely sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 green chilies (slit)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • Salt to taste.
  • Fresh coriander to garnish.

You can also easily add additional vegetables to this dish. I usually put potato, cauliflower, and peas. (If you do add potato, chop it into cubes and boil it beforehand).

Combine onion, moong daal, chillies, spices.

Combine onion, moong daal, chillies, spices.

To cook the dish, use a pot or a pan with a lid.
Start by frying the onions until translucent.
Add ginger garlic paste, tumeric, garam masals, chillies, salt and daal.
Fry for a few minutes, until daal is slightly brown.

Add other vegetables, such as cauliflower, frozen peas, potato.

Add other vegetables, such as cauliflower, frozen peas, potato.

Add the other vegetables and fry for a few more minutes.

Add water.

Add water.

Add enough water to cook. This is usually two or three cups of water for one cup of rice. Turn the heat down to low and put the lid on the pot. Let the mixture slowly cook, checking on it occasionally to see if it needs more water. (Mine often does).

Kichidi ready to eat!

Kichidi ready to eat!

Once the khichidi is ready to eat, sprinkle a little fresh coriander over it. Serve it with a chopped tomato and onion salad.

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Shalini April 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm

i m sure this must be real yum….. bt this is more of a pulao…… khichdi is something thts eaten when one wants a comforting meal similar to a hot chicken soup when down with a cold.

the lighter and easier way to make it is pour a bit of ghee in the cooker, add a pinch of asafoetida and jeera (cumin seeds). soak the rice and moong dal or green split moong dal which is soaked well enuff. add them add with salt and garlic in the cooker and give it one whistle and there you go !!

this is generally eaten with curd when one has an upset stomach.

enjoy !!!

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Sharell April 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Thanks so much for your suggestion! :-) It’s all so new for me, learning about Indian cooking. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to turn out, so I just never know if it’s quite right or not. I’m going to try your recipe. It sounds really easy and tasty. I haven’t got a pressure cooker yet though. I must admit I’m a bit scared of them. I’ve heard horror stories about the lid blowing off, and those loud whistles and hisses really surprise me when I’m not expecting them!

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Monika May 18, 2009 at 6:20 am

Indian girls must be envying you now. Todays generation Indian girl’s and cooking.. you must be kidding me.. :)

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monty May 18, 2009 at 11:50 am

why dont you cook something from your place….and post some pictures………

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Sharell May 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Hmmm… good idea Monty. Food in Australia isn’t very exciting though. It’s usually meat and three vegetables… a piece of meat and three different types of vegetables! Next time I do grilled chicken breast, mashed potato, and veggies I’ll post some pics. :-)

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