March 27, 2012

Kichdi ~ Rice N Dal Medley

Being a south indian, my perception of kichdi was different  until i came to Baroda. Kichdi, back at home, is a form of upma with some turmeric powder and cashews added to it. Some vermicelli at times. And lots of vegetables. But Kichdi, the northie style is a complete contrast. Can i say, that both the versions are like chalk and cheese. While kichadi back home is considered a breakfast option, here, the gooey medley loaded with oodles of ghee ( in most of the cases, that is ) is eaten as a light dinner meal or sometimes even for lunch. Like we did today. Nevertheless, the kichdi duos are my favorites and i can eat them anytime. While i devour  my south rendered kichdi with a bowl of yoghurt, i eat this rice and lentil melange with lots and lots of Kadhi and pickles.

I first fell in love with this light as a feather delicacy in a famous food chain. The foodie that i am, i got tempted to have three helpings. The food chain offers unlimited food. Eat as much as you want and whatever you want. And yes, they are one of my favorite eat outs. I do not know whether its the oodles of ghee or the aromas that accompanied the kichdi or the sweet wait person who served us. But by the time i finished the kichdi, i was enchanted. And i m still enchanted whenever i eat kichdi. There is no other delicacy in the world which can give me that sense of calm but for this rice and dal duet.

Prep Time: Under 10 mins
Cook Time: Under 30 mins
Serves 3 to 4

( This is a complete comfort food ideal for kids. Its full of protein cos of the addition of moong dal. You can also make this yummier by adding vegetables like onion, tomato, beans and carrots. Feel free to use any veggie that comes to your mind. But make sure you add a chili or two to go with it. I ve only used 2 tbsp ghe. But if you are one of those people who like foods that swim in ghee( reads me) then, please use more. After all, the more ghee, the yummier kichdi. It tastes best only when eaten hot. Just make sure you dont undercook it. Over cooked kichdi is heaven but you cant even get people to sniff undercooked kichdi.)

What You Need?

Rice 1/2 cup
Green gram husked 1/2 cup
Ginger grated 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For Tempering:

Ghee 2 tbsp
Pepper corns 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Hing a large pinch

How To Make It?

Pick a vessel that is deep and that fits into a pressure cooker.
Clean the rice and dal well.
Add to the vessel along with turmeric powder, ginger and salt.
Add 4 cups of water and mix well.
Pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles or until you get a loose, soft and gooey mixture. Remove from the cooker and set aside.
Heat a wok with the ghee.
Add the cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add the hing and then the pepper corns.
Be careful with the pepper corns as they tend to burst out. Yours truly got her palms blistered this morning. Thank you Pepper Corns. :)
Now, add this to the rice and mix well.

Serve hot with some ghee poured on the top along with some pickles or Kadhi or papad.


  1. Looks so divine.. nutritious too..

  2. ahha. it my all time fav khichdi because I am gujarati.:) I love to have this with chhas (Buttermilk). your looks so delicious. my mouth is watering now.

  3. wow awesome dear...luv it!...very yummy and inviting!

  4. Looks delicious. I always make dry khichdi n this one looks just perfect. I will try this out.

  5. I love it anytime. Looks delicious.

  6. Impressed with your header Anu! Looks cool!

    Khichdi looks good...

  7. simple and delicious comfort food...I often make this..:)


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