Thursday 14 February 2013


If you are looking for some quick one pot meal this is the best option. Kichdi is a  North Indian dish made with rice and dal flavored with some spices. I must admit the one I prepared here is not authentic as the original kichdi is much mushier. Since both of us do not prefer to have over cooked rice I tried this way and enjoyed it a lot, but if you love to cook the original one please check notes below.

  1.       Basmathi rice-1 cup
  2.       Red masoor dal-1/2 cup
  3.       Whole spices-cloves(4nos)cardamom(3nos)cinnamon(2 small sticks)star anise(1no)
  4.      Onion-1 small
  5.    Green chilly-1no
  6.      Ginger-1/2”inch piece
  7.      Garlic-4pods
  8.      Tomato-2 small
  9.    Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
  10.   Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  11.   Garam masala-3/4 tsp 
  12.   Oil-2tbsp
  13.   Water-2 ½ cup
  14.   Salt
 Method of preparation

1.      Wash rice and dal.Soak it for 20 minutes.
2.      Finely chop all veggies..
3.      Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add all the spices sauté for a minute.
4.      Now add chopped ginger, garlic, green chilly and onion. Sauté until onion turns transparent.
5.      Add tomatoes .Let it cook for 2 minute. Add all powders and salt. Stir for a minute.
6.      Add water. When it boils add rice and dal.Give a nice stir.
7.      Close the cooker. When the steam comes through the nozzle keep the wait on.You can hear the first whistle within  5 minute. Switch off the flame. Wait for 1minute.
8.      Carefully lift the wait to let the steam escapes (do not take it off from the lid,just lift it).when the entire steam release out and the shhhhhhh sound stop remove the wait ,open the cooker .Gently stir rice with a fork or spoon taking care  not to break the rice.
Serve hot with raitha or pickle.

NOTES: Mushy version- increase water quantity by 3 ½ cup.Follow the same instructions upto step 6.Cook until 3 whistles. Here you don’t need to do the activities of step 8 .Let the steam escapes by itself.
For variations vegetables like carrot,beans ,potatoes etc can be added.

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  1. Delicious kichadi that too with pressure cooker, and not mushy. Yumm. Happy valentine's day.

  2. simple and flavorful rice :) perfect as a lunch box meal... Happy Valentines Day :)

  3. Looks very tasty and spicy!! admired your clicks!!!

  4. thank you all for the lovely comments..

  5. cook in pressure cooker and tits new to me:)its so delicious and colorful

  6. very flavourful and tasty rice preparation....

  7. Looks very delicious,nice presentation.

  8. perfect one pot meal!!! very delicious and have come out so perfectly!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
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  9. Tasty and yummy rice.. perfectly cooked rice kernels

  10. tasty n yummy rice..frst time here...hapi to follow u..glad if u do the same..

  11. wow!!flavourful rice and nice clicks too...
    thanks a lot for sharing with my event...

  12. Congrats!!This recipe is selected for 'The Best Recipe' award at 'Cook like a Celebrity Chef' event...
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  13. loved this masoor khichdi.easy quick and full of flavours!