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  Cumin seeds 1⁄4
  Green chillies 2 (slit lengthwise)
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Moong dal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Bay leaves 4
  Cinnamon sticks 3 Medium
  Cloves 5
  Turmeric powder 2 Pinch
  Onion 1⁄2 , julienned

Wash 1 cup Rice & half cup Moong Dal together, drain water & keep aside.

Heat 3 tbs oil in a shallow pan. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaves, onions, green chillies & turmeric powder. Saute until onions turn brownish.

Add this to Rice. Add 3 cups water, salt & cook rice either in rice cooker or on stove.

Serve Hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
I had gone on a holiday to the West Coast & before leaving home, I literally emptied my fridge. On returning home, I didn't find any veggies to cook, so for lunch I made "khichdi", easy to cook, tasty to eat & doesn't require any curry to mix with. Khichdi can be had as it is or with yogurt or any pickle. Personally I like to mix some mango pickle in yogurt & have it with khichdi.
Rice & Moong Dal cooked with Indian Spices

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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
khichdi is a very traditional, healthy dish from india. It is also very famous due to easy to cook style.
sfehmi's picture
I agree - at times you only want to have khichdi and nothing else
sukace's picture
I think the picture gives a chance of improved khichdi. It can be made better. Kumar
Snigdha's picture
Great. In that case I would highly appreciate if you could share your version of khichdi.
Snigdha's picture
Thanks! I have started adding chopped mint and cilantro before cooking and it gives out a very nice aroma and flavor. May be it's time I update the picture and recipe!
lana m. turner's picture
Try replacing the rice with cooked quinoa. Quinoa is healthier and this dish to absolutely delicious with quinoa.
Samina.Tapia's picture
You are absolutely right Lana. Quinoa is healthier and so delicious. For those on a low carb diet, it is an terrific substitute for rice and you can hardly tell the difference. If you can not find quinoa, try using broken wheat or Bulgar wheat.
Khichdi Recipe, Rice & Moong Dal Cooked With Indian Spices