Simple Cooks

Dal Khichdi

(To Serve Two)


  • ½ cup – rice
  • ½ cup – mixed lentils (toor dal, yellow mung dal, green mung dal, chana dal, urad dal, red masoor dal) Note: You may use just three or four lentils instead of all six. You may even use just one of them.
  • 2 small sized – chopped tomatoes
  • 8-10 – curry leaves
  • 2 – chopped green chillies
  • 1 inch piece – ginger
  • 1 teaspoon – mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon – cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon – fenugreek seeds
  • ½ teaspoon – asafoetida
  • ½ teaspoon – turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon – red chilli powder
  • 1½ teaspoon – salt
  • 2 teaspoons – ghee/oil
  • 5 cups – water


1)Put the rice and lentils in a bowl. Wash them twice and let them soak in plenty of water for half an hour. Drain the water.

2) Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Lower the flame. Add the mustard seeds. Once they sputter, add the cumin, fenugreek and asafoetida. After a few seconds, add the curry leaves and the green chillies.

3)Now add the rice and lentils, tomatoes, ginger, turmeric, red chilli powder, salt and water. Give a quick mix and place the lid.

4)After the first whistle, reduce the flame and pressure cook for 5 minutes.

5)Open the lid and mix the khichdi well. Enjoy it with yoghurt and papad/pickle.


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