Dal Khichdi

Dal Khichdi

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An elaborate yet easy khichdi that makes a wholesome and delicious meal, the Dal Khichdi is made of toovar dal and rice combined with not just whole spices but also onions, garlic and tomatoes. This imparts a tangy twist to the khichdi making it holistic in terms of taste too.

When you don’t have time to prepare a Kadhi, you can just serve this with curds and papad like Fried papad, Roasted papad, Fried Khichiya Papad, Roasted Khichiya Papad, Instant Whole Wheat Masala Papad or Papad ki Churi and there you have a sumptuous dinner on the table!

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Dal Khichdi recipe - How to make Dal Khichdi

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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For the dal khichdi

    For the dal khichdi
  1. To make dal khichdi, combine the toovar dal, rice, turmeric powder, ¼ tsp of asafoetida, salt and 5 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, red chillies and cumin seeds and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the remaining ¼ tsp of asafoetida, green chillies, curry leaves, onions and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes, a little salt and chilli powder and sauté on a medium flame for another 1 minute.
  6. Add the cooked rice-dal mixture and 1 ¼ cup water. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes,while stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve the dal khichdi immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy320 cal
Protein12.4 g
Carbohydrates58.1 g
Fiber6 g
Fat4.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium17.9 mg
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To make Dal Khichdi:

  1. To make the Dal khichdi, first wash the toovar dal in enough water.
  2. Drain the dal using a strainer.
  3. Similarly, wash the rice in enough water and drain using a strainer.
  4. Take a pressure cooker and add the dal to it. We have used toor dal, but many people use a combination of moong dal, toor dal or masoor dal.
  5. Add the rice as well. Dal khichdi is essentially a dish made by cooking dal and rice together.
  6. Then add the turmeric powder for a little taste and color.
  7. Add ¼ tsp asafoetida. Asafoetida, also known as hing, gives a unique savory taste to the dal khichdi.
  8. Add some salt to taste.
  9. Finally add 5 cups of water to the pressure cooker and mix well.
  10. Pressure cook the dal and rice for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape naturally before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  11. To make the Dal khichdi, heat the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai or pan. If you do not want to add ghee, you can even add oil but ghee adds a better flavor.
  12. Now we will add the whole spices. First add the cloves.
  13. Then, add the cinnamon.
  14. Also, add the whole peppercorns for a deep, peppery flavor.
  15. Now add the red chillies for color and spice.
  16. And finally add the cumin seeds. These are the usual spices that are added to a Dal khichdi preparation.
  17. Mix well and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds, just till the spices release their flavor and aroma in the oil.
  18. Add the remaining ¼ tsp of asafoetida to the ghee.
  19. Then add the green chillies for spice. The chillies are split so that they don’t come in the way while eating.
  20. Then, add the curry leaves. 
  21. Also add the garlic.This will perk up the flavour of the Dal Khichdi.
  22. Then finally add the onions for pungency. If you want to make this recipe jain, you can avoid the onions and the garlic.
  23. Mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute. Do not burn the onions and garlic, they just have to turn  a little translucent.
  24. Now add the tomatoes. Make sure that you use fresh and red tomatoes for this recipe.
  25. Also, add a little chilli powder with it.
  26. Add a little salt to release the water from the tomatoes so that they do not burn.
  27. Mix well and sauté on a medium flame for another 1-2 minutes.
  28. Add the cooked rice-dal mixture to this.
  29. Add about 1¼ cups water to the Dal Khichdi at this stage.
  30. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  31. Serve the Dal khichdi with Masala Khichiya Papad and Chaas.


Dal Khichdi
 on 04 Jun 19 01:20 PM

Dal Khichdi
 on 02 May 19 04:30 PM

Hi..loved this recipe very simple n very tasty worth trying it.
Tarla Dalal
03 May 19 08:50 AM
   Hi Divya, Thank you for your kind words. Do try out more recipes and share your feedback with us.Happy Cooking!
Dal Khichdi
 on 12 Nov 18 04:09 PM

hello its a nice recipe can you low potesium recipe for my diet chart
Tarla Dalal
14 Nov 18 09:55 AM
   Hi Anu, Please avoid adding tomatoes and reduce the amount of toovar dal to make this recipe low in potassium content. Overall, it is better if you avoid consumption of dals and beans to maintain a low potassium diet.
Dal Khichdi
 on 21 Oct 18 07:35 AM

I am following Tarla Ji''s recipes from last 16 yrs. Infact you can say that I have learnt to cook following her recipes and tips. I still have collection of the news paper cuttings of her recipes from Mumbai samachar. Miss you mam😔
Tarla Dalal
22 Oct 18 09:43 AM
   Hi Neetal, We are glad to know that. Do try more and more recipes from our website and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
Dal Khichdi
 on 12 Aug 18 11:27 AM

Dal Khichdi
 on 14 Apr 18 12:04 PM

Tarla Dalal
09 Jul 18 02:19 PM
   Annie, thanks for the feedback.
Dal Khichdi
 on 20 Mar 18 08:26 PM

i tried with the same measurement bit spoiled, u have not mentioned the pressure of flame at the time of cooking i cookeded in low flame all got spoiled, what kind of rice we should use,what is the cup size
Tarla Dalal
21 Mar 18 08:55 AM
   Hi Kamlesh, Pressure cooker is on high flame always....any type of rice can be used sada or basmati as you like it...all our recipes are in standard measuring cups and sizes it is best to buy a set it will be easier for you to cook and follow recipes...and 1 cup is approx 200 gms...
Dal Khichdi
 on 16 Mar 18 02:05 PM

Really loved the essence and taste.Thanks
Tarla Dalal
16 Mar 18 02:49 PM
   We are delighted you loved the Dal Khichdi recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Dal Khichdi
 on 09 Feb 18 10:00 AM

Dal Khichdi
 on 12 Jan 18 03:53 PM

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