Monday, 21 January 2013

Vaghareli Khichedi (Spicy lentils and rice)

My recipe for Khichedi is here.  These days khichedi is a popular comfort food for a lot of Gujaratis.  It's light but filling too and can be eaten with a curry or yogurt.  In the village, my parents grew up - it was a poor man's or farmer's meal.  They would have a fairly good lunch and most evening meals would be khichedi and milk or khichedi and chass (lassi) with bajra na rotla or bhakhri - all made from freshly ground flours.  Leftover Khichedi would often be recooked with garlic chutney (lasan ni chuney)  in the morning and served as breakfast before my dad left to work on the farm.  Simple food but full of nutrition.  They didn't eat the amount of fried food we eat these days.

I had some khichedi left over and as it was a cold snowy day, I wanted to eat something hot and spicy. I often make vagharela bhaat or khichedi but have never shared the recipe so here is my version.  Do share your too.


3 cups of cooked khichedi
1 medium onion
2 to 3 cloves of garlic gratted finely
2 green chillies
1 tsp chilli powder (optional)
pinch of turmeric (optional)
1 tbs. sunflower oil
salt to taste


1. Chop the onion, garlic and green chillies.

2.  Heat the oil and cook the onions, garlic and green chillies until they soften. Add the turmeric and salt. (If you have lasan ni chutney (homemade garlic chutney) you can add some to the mixture.

3. Add the leftover khichedi and cook until nice and piping hot.

4. Serve it hot.

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  1. Wowwwwwwww.. looks absolutely perfect and inviting..

  2. Healthy and tasty khichdi. Excellent preparation.

  3. My all time favorite kahi hid...I make it frequently.

  4. Nice twist to khichdi.....would love to have a plate right now.

  5. This is one my all time favorite stories. I frequent.

  6. Looks so yummy!! I need to learn to be a better chef!

  7. This site is making me so hungry!

  8. Great recipes. Found out about your blog on linked in.
    Thank you,

  9. I always do vaghar when i make khichdi so there is no leftover after that.


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