Masala Khichdi Recipe

Masala Khichdi is a healthy but spicy variation of simple rice khichdi wherein rice and couple of types of dals (lentils) are sautéed in ghee and typical Indian curry spices before pressure cooking. This ultimate comfort food recipe of Indian cuisine requires knowledge of how to cook using pressure cooker and can be easily prepared at home and enjoyed with curd, vegetable salad and papad.

khichdi recipe



  1. Wash rice, toor dal and moong dal; mix together and soak them in water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep aside until needed.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a steel/ aluminum pressure cooker (3-4 liter capacity). Add mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, black peppercorn, star anise, dry red chilli and peanuts; sauté for a minute.
  3. Add chopped onion and sauté until onion turns light brown or for approx. 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add drained rice, toor dal, moong dal, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Add 2 cups water, mix well and close the lid. Pressure cook for 3 whistles (1st whistle on high flame and remaining 2-whistles on medium flame).
  6. Turn off flame and let steam pressure inside pressure cooker comes down naturally. Open the lid carefully. It will take approx. 6-8 minutes.
  7. Transfer masala khichdi it to a serving bowl and serve it with plain curd/yogurt or onion raita and papad.

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