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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Masala Kichdi

In the whole world if any food which creates a fine balance between nutrition and taste then it is undoubtedly Indian Food. From Tandoori Rotis in North to Idlis in South, there is a method in preparing food in such a way that it nourishes people to work hard without feeling famished. It is Masala Kichdi which is such a lovely one pot meal because it takes few minutes to rustle up when you are pressed for time. 

Though, the method of preparation is common, you can make this in Rice Cooker or Pressure Cooker or even in a heavy pot. The best part is that if had regularly, it can make the body super fit and fine. It is a myth that only ill people are advised to have it ,on the  contrary it benefits old and young alike. However, it cures a host of diseases ranging from Cold to Stomach ache. All it takes as a main ingredients are rice and lentils. So here Masala Kichdi with a hing of spices, vegetables and ghee which makes a very healthy and light meal. Hope you like it.

1 cup Rice (Gobondo Bhog / zeera rice / basmati)
1/2 Masoor Dal
2 Onion, cut into half moon slice
1/2 cup Green peas
2 medium size Potatoes
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp chopped Ginger
1 tbsp chopped Garlic 
1 tsp Garam masala
2-3 Green chillies, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Red chilly powder
1 bay leaf
3-4 Peppercorns
Salt to taste
 2-3 tbsp Ghee

For Tempering:
1 tsp Cumin seeds
A big pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tsp Kashmiri Red chilly
Small pinch of Methi seeds
1 tbsp Garlic, chopped
2 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves

Mix together rice and lentil in a big bowl, wash properly and then soak in water for 20 minutes. Later drain and keep aside. 

Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a stainless pressure cooker and add bay leaf and peppercorns. Add onions and fry till they turn light brown. Add ginger- garlic and green chillies and fry till you get nice aroma. Add all the vegetables and the dry spices, fry on high flame for 2 minutes. When you see oil has separated from the sides of cooker, add drained rice-lentil and fry for a minute. Pour in double amount of water +1 cup (1 1/2 cups of rice-dal I have added 3 cups +1 cup of water) and season with salt. Let the first boil come and then close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles on medium flame. Let the steam go off on its own. Open the lid and check the consistency. If you want to dry it, put it back on flame for few more minutes. Or if you don't want your kichdi dry then add 1/2 cup hot water, add some salt and heat to mix well.

To temper the kichdi: 
Heat a tadka pan with 2 tbsp ghee and add cumin seeds. As the seeds splutter add all the abovetempered ingredients and pour over cooker kichdi. Drizzle some drops of lemon juice and chopped coriander. Serve hot with pickle and papad.


  1. Nice n yummy all time comfort meal

  2. love u for all ur posts.. no fabrication.. ekdum abhi uthake kha lo types !

  3. nice clicks deepa.. tempting kichadi..

  4. hmm i hv heard of masala khichdi bt never tried this way
    for us its plain khichdi with rice and chhilke wali moong dal and made very soft
    topped with hot ghee

  5. Healthy recipe indeed.. Adding masoor dal sounds new & good too :)

  6. wow so healthy and so delicious and love your vessels and props!!! so cute!!!
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  7. I love masoor dal and making kichidi with it sounds very yummy : )

  8. such an comfort wholesome dish.. beautiful clicks..

  9. I luv khichdi...that looks so tempting and luvly clicks:)

  10. yummy and inviting dear.
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  11. ki bhalo ki bhalo. ei thanday akdom perfect jhal jhal

  12. Comfort dish,tempting clicks Deepa.

  13. looks delicious and comfort dish!

  14. I have prepared kichadi usin rava. Never prepared using rice. looks delicious.

  15. Looks delicious..yummy. super comfort dish.

  16. super comfort dish after heavy festival food.

  17. Beautiful clicks especially the first one is awesome :) And nice yummy recipe :)
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  18. Very nice. Indian food is amazing with all the complex flavors and textures.

    This meal would no doubt be satisfying when you are healthy or feeling under the weather.

    Happy Holidays.


  19. Nice kichidi, mild and comfortable food!

  20. wow this looks so good, super inviting

  21. What more to ask for ? Perfect meal and what a presentation there ! Happy 2013 Deepa !

  22. Looks so yummy! Loved the pics, esp the first one.. beautiful!

  23. looks so yummy quick one pot meal!

  24. Nice Khichadi. I liked the tiny "Baldi" too!

  25. Deepa i must say you have become so expert in photography..i feel like you are going to start a cook i correct..?and the recipe looks so delicious too..

  26. Deepa,
    Would you beleive me if I told you that I actually brought Khichdi for my office lunch today :-) What a coincidence to see the same dish on your space :-)

    Though I prepared mine with only Carrots and Potatoes and some garama masala, hing and haldi (as my 17mnth old son was also sharing the same), he loves it and so do we.

    And I totally agree with your first para there, Indian food Rocks always!!


  27. Looks delicious...nice presentation...

  28. Looks delicious and tempting. Fabulous clicks.
    Happy to follow you.
    I would be glad, if you stop by mine too.

  29. Uffff.... Deeps, your clicks are too amazing and the presentation is lovely. I love your bowls and pans in which you decorate your food. Nice usage of props too. You rock dear.

  30. Super comforting food, after having loads of festive high caloric foods, seriously am craving for this tempting dish.

  31. Totally love khichdi in all avatars..and yours looks so glam! So how can I not try it out?
    YOur pics are superb.

  32. yummy kichdi with attractive clicks....

  33. Love the way you presented kichdi...never tried this s so yum....

  34. I'm loving it, i can hear noise from my tummy asking me to serve some kichadi, Thank you!!!
    Any day this is a comfort food and a healthy one as well!! Nice.


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