February 26, 2013

Dal Khichdi | दाल खिचड़ी (सात्विक) - One pot Saatvik Meal

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The Dal Khichdi is a very sumptuous one pot meal. Protein rich and loaded with carbs, it has the power to keep you full and energized.
Simple to make and light on the tummy. This preparation basically is made using rice ,toor dhaal (yellow pigeon peas) and a few mild Indian spices.You can add up some veggies to it to make it all the more filling especially if you want to feed your kids who are a little fussy about eating veggies.
An instant hit in my home,both me and my hubby have a liking for this.

 As goes the popular hindi saying " खिचड़ी के  हैं 4 यार- दही, पापड, घी ,अचार " ,  meaning this khichdi has 4 best accompaniments which are yogurt,  papads , clarified butter/ghee and pickle , a piping hot bowl of dal khichdi with all of these accompaniments is soul satisfying on a chill winter day or a cozy rainy evening. 

Dal khichdi is also served to patients who are recovering from viral fever or surgery and need to have light food . When serving to patients we can skip the garam masala and other whole spices and keep it plain and simple for ease of digestion. You may add up veggies which are suitable for patients .

(Photos and text updated on 1st October 2021)

Preparation Time : 10-15 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 2-3


1 cup raw rice
1/2 cup toor dhall (yellow pigeon peas)
1/4 cup moong dhall (split yellow peas)
1 potato cut into big cubes (optional)
1 carrot cut into big cubes (optional)
Few French beans cut length wise (optional)
50 gms fresh green peas (optional)
1 bay leaf/ tej patta
2-3 lavang / cloves
1 small stick dalchini / cinnamon
2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
1 inch piece Ginger /adrak
3-4 green chillies
few curry leaves
Turmeric powder
2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp oil
Ghee for serving (skip for vegan) 

** Jain version- omit Ginger ,potato, carrots and garlic 

  • Wash and soak the rice and dal for about 10 mins.
  • Grind the ginger and chillies into a fine paste in a blender.
  • Heat the pressure cooker with some oil in it and temper the jeera,cloves,dalchini,bay leaf and curry leaves.
  • Add in the ginger chilli paste and saute well. If you please,you may add some garlic paste at this stage and saute well.
  • Add in the veggies,turmeric powder,garam masala, salt and saute well till the oil coats the veggies.
  • Add the rice,lentil and pour  4-5 cups of water and pressure cook for about 3 whistles.
  • Once the pressure from the cooker settles,release the lid,you will see that the khichdi is all done and will be slightly mushy with a nice aroma enveloping your kitchen.
  • Pour in about 2-3 tablespoons of ghee,mix well ,garnish with corriander and serve hot.
  • If you feel the khichdi is mushy but slighlty tight,pour in some warm water and loosen it.Khichdi is generally a little loose and mushy,unlike the pulavs or biryanis which are dry and grainy in texture.
  • Enjoy hot khichdi with your favorite accompaniment like kadhi , plain yogurt and some papads.
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  1. Added a lot of veggies making it more sumptuous...the kid loved it too..

  2. Such a delicious and flavorful comfort meal. I will definitely love this khichidi every day. Filling, easy, healthy and delicious.

  3. Yummy, love dal khichdi any time, it is not only healthy but so filling and comfort food for me. Love how versatile all khichdi recipes are as one can add any dals and vegetables to it. I like mushy khichdi when I want to have it with dahi.

  4. I love dal kichadi, I like it like this the way you have made it, it is such a comforting recipe, filling and easy.

  5. Dal khichdi is a comfort food at all times. It is so nutritious and filling .Ibam eyeing the pickle too. Beautifully presented.

  6. Dal khichdi is a comfortable meal. Each family has their own version and I loved your version.


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