All of us must have had the Indian traditional Khichdi, which is essentially dal (Lentil) and chawal (Rice) cooked together and boiled to make a blended thick mixture with gravy consistency. It is considered to be best for stomach and very light in digestion. So when someone is ill, a light diet comprises mainly of Khichdi, Dal Daliya , etc. I relish Khichdi even when I am not ill. There are several ways in which we can combine different dal and chawal to make it. The important part is Ghee ka Tadka. Without ghee, Khichdi is simply an incomplete meal. Yes if you are not keeping well, you may lower the quantity of Ghee. Also accompaniments are Papad and Achar..
Well talking about the nutrition, Its very digestive, rich in starch, proteins, its a complete meal in itself. My version is an innovation out of necessity. In past, my father-in-law was recommended a strict diet of Dal Daliya or Khichdi for around a week’s time by doctors. During this time, although he didnt complain but I was bored by making similar meals for him. So I though one day to mix dal and chawal in same ratio and put a ghee tadka like we do in Pulao and result was the amazing Khari dal chawal Khichdi. So no extra water just as much as needed to boil it for 1/2 whistle. He liked it a lot and the change was welcomed by others too. Then on my kiddo started asking for this khichdi for quite a long time.
Sometimes I feel bad is not that bad and if we are positive, we may get good out of anything..
So what are you thinking ?? I am being positive that you would give this Khichdi a try and get back to me about how it turned out to be…
Take equal portion of Arhar dal and rice and mix in a container. Wash them properly and dip for around 20 min. You may take any other dal as well. Like Moong Dhuli or Hari Moong Chilka.
For Chana or any other dal which requires more cooking, we have to separate cook dal and not together in this recipe.
You may Take Khade Masala like Bayleaf, Sabut kali Mirch, Clove, Cinnamon, Cardamom
Add ghee in a pressure cooker. Let it be hot and simmer gas. Add Heeng, Jeera and All the khade masala.
Saute them for a min.
Add Red Chiili and Haldi on simmer.
Add immediately the Dal-chawal so that masala is not burnt. Make sure that you remove the water in which the dal-rice were dipped.
Add Water as much as to dip 0.5 inches the rice-dal. Add salt to taste. You may add Garm Masala and Amchur here. I have skipped it. Put the lid on and give two whistles on full flame and simmer for one 1-2 min.
Let the cooker cool off. Open the lid and your Khari Khichdi is ready..
Serve it hot with your choice of Dahi or Achar or Papad. and yes dont forget to pour ghee on top of it...
This is the simplest version of Khari Khichdi. Those looking for weight-loss may also include lots of vegetables like Peas, carrot, cauliflower, etc (Fine chopped) and can reduce rice -portion as well.
Serving size: bowl
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.9g
Saturated Fat 2.7g
Total Carbohydrate 17.8g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
Total Sugars 0g
Vitamin D 0mcg
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.