Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Savoury Rice with lentils and peas (Toor dall khichedi )

Khichedi is a traditional Gujarati comfort dish. Khichedi is one of those dishes you make at home for your self when you are feeling lazy or not too well.  It's a very easy to eat and digest kind of a dish. It's also a very healthy dish with the right amount of carbohydrates and protein.

It is usually made from an equal mixture of rice and lentils such as split mung beans or toor dall.  Recipe for mung dall Khichedi can be found here.

This is a recipe for Khichedi made with Toor Dall and Basmati  Rice. 

Ingredients for 4 servings:

Half a cup of Toor Dall
Half a cup of Basmati Rice
2-3 tablespoons of peas
2 small green chillies - chopped lengthwise
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
6-7 curry leaves
1-2 tablespoons Cooking oil
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
2-3 Cloves
1 inch of cinnamon stick


1.   Mix the rice and toor dall, wash it well and soak in cold water for as long as you can. I tend to put this soak in the morning ready to cook for when I get home in the evening.

2.  Wash the rice and dall mixture again until the water is clear.

3.  Heat the oil in a saucepan.  Add the cumin seeds, cloves and cinnamon and allow them to pop and get a bit dark in colour.

4.  Add in one cup of water and cover the saucepan.  If you are not used to seasoning or tempering then, let turn off the heat, and add the water and cover the saucepan to avoid any oil sputtering on you.

5.  Remove most of the water from the khichedi mixture and add it to the tempered water.  Add the salt, turmeric, curry leaves and the green chillies. Also add the  green peas.  You don't need to add the green chillies or the peas but I add them to give the khichedi a bit of colour.  Stir the mixture.

6.  At this stage, you can either cook the khichedi at a low heat keeping an eye on the khichedi. (You may need to add half a cup of extra water to it if the dall isn't cooked).

7.  OR...... do what I do....Transfer the khichedi to the microwave for 10 minutes and check . This is what my khichedi looked like after 10 minutes.   It almost looks like pilau rice.


8. Lightly fluff up the khichedi and add half a cup of water to the khichedi and cook it again for a further 10 minutes.

9. The khichedi is now ready to serve.

10.   The khichedi can be served with potato curry and rotli or bhakri.

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  1. lovely n simple khichadi mina....looks tempting and khichadi since childhood with dahi and papad...yummmmmmm..can smell the aroma...just a reminder do send it to MLLA26 event..

  2. that pic of khichdi made me hungry..droolwrothy pics...feel like grabbing it from the screen...mmm...

  3. Wow... Different kichadi.... looks it....

  4. Loving just the sound of khichdi. I love khichdis :)

  5. Perfect comfort food, tasty looking khichidi.

  6. I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. I love khichdi very much. Looks delicious and mouth watering.
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  7. hello Meena , nice to meet u in ur new space with one of my favourite gujarati dish. This is one dish that i never fail to order whenever i go to any gujarati restaurant and enjoy it a good khadi.

  8. Mina I am drooling the khicdi looks so delicious and tempting .pleas send me some.

  9. HI, first time here & see my fav. khichri.....looks mom makes same but no green peas....I never make this, just the feeling that it's mom's special & only she can make this one perfect....well all my cousins would request this khichri whenever they use to come to our house....

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  12. lovely khichri and i liked the green chillies n green peas in it.

    this is one dish which can be made in infinite number of ways ... i'd love it any which way :)

  13. khichdi is such a comfort food for me...looks yummie..

  14. I love your version too..I make in p.cooker ! very tired today so thinking I'll just make khichdi...

  15. This looks so tasty,I havn't made it for a while.We call this chuti khichdi and make it similar way but with out peas.It goes really well with kadhi.


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