Khichdi - Quick Indian Lentil Rice
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
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Serves: 2
Khichdi is a quick preparation of Rice and Lentils that can be enjoyed by itself or with Pickle or Chutney at lunch or dinner.
  • 1 Tbsp Oil (Vegetable oil/clarified butter)
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds (Optional)
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic chopped (optional)
  • 2 medium Onions diced
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • ½ Cup Lentil (Mung Dal has been used in this recipe)
  • Salt to taste
  1. Place a pressure cooker on medium heat and pour 1 Tbsp oil. After 2-3 minutes, add asafoedtida, followed by Cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  2. Once the cumin and mustard seeds start popping, add garlic and diced onions. Saute till the onions turn golden brown.
  3. Add Turmeric Powder and heat for a minute or two. Add salt and mix well.
  4. Drain the water from the rice and add the rice and lentils to the cooker, mix well.
  5. Add 2 cups of water and stir for a minute. Close the lid of the cooker and heat on medium flame till the rice is cooked well. (Around 8-10 minutes for a regular pressure cooker)
  6. Serve with Indian Pickle or any Chutney.
Khichdi can also be made with Toor Dal (Pigeon Peas) or Masoor Dal (Red Lentils). One can also add diced tomatoes, cauliflower, peas and/or brinjal (eggplant) and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Recipe by Quick Asian Recipes at