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Khichdi is something we have all enjoyed from very early years of our lives. When our moms switched us to solid food, they often made a simple, soft khichdi made with rice, toor or moong dal, seasoned with just salt, asafetida, and turmeric. A small  bowl of nice and warm khichdi topped with some homemade pure ghee was a delight to our taste-buds, it still is. There are various versions of khichdi that are so different from one another and so yummy. Comfort; that’s one thing which is common among all the khichdi recipes. Today I am sharing a simple khichdi recipe. You can have it topped with ghee or you can pour a very flavourful, fragrant chili-garlic oil.

tadka for the simple khichdi recipe

The chili garlic oil is basically a tadka/tempering and can be made two ways; one with red chili powder and slit green chilies seasoned with salt. Both the tadka taste very great with this plain khichdi. If you wish to check out more khichdi recipes, you can find on here recipes of Maharashtrian Spicy Khichdi, Sprout Moong Khichdi, and Green Moong Dal Khichdi.

type of rice used in making khichdi

Indrayani rice is the best choice foe the simple khichdi recipe. It’s very fragrant and sticky too. If you on’t like sticky rice, basmati is the next best pick.

Now let’s take a look at the ingredients and preparation of this quick and simple khichdi recipe.

how to make simple khichdi recipe

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Simple Khichdi Recipe - A quick and easy preparation of rice and pigeon pea lentil cooked together and served with a tadka (tempering) of chilies and garlic.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Indrayani rice - 1 cup
  • Toor dal / Yellow pigeon pea lentil - ½ cup
  • Water - 3 & ½ cups
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Asafetida/hing - ⅛ tsp
For the Red Chili Tadka (Tempering)
  • Groundnut oil - ½ cup or as needed
  • Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Asafetida/hing - ⅛ tsp
  • Garlic - 3 tbsp
  • Red chili powder (byadgi) - ½ tsp
  • Salt - to taste
For the Green Chili Tadka (Tempering)
  • Groundnut oil - ½ cup or as needed
  • Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Asafetida/hing - ⅛ tsp
  • Garlic - 3 tbsp
  • Green chilies (moderately hot) - 12 or as needed
  • Salt - to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine indrayani rice and toor dal (yellow pigeon pea lentil) in a bowl. Rinse them well. Soak for 15 minutes in some water.
  2. Transfer the rice and dal along with the water they were soaked in, to the pressure cooker. Add turmeric, salt, and asafetida.
  3. Top it with more water. The total amount of water that went into making the khichdi is 3 & ½ cups. The amount of water can be adjusted depending on the rice and the pressure cooker.
  4. Close the pressure cooker and turn the heat on. Once the pressure builds, turn the heat to low and let the khichdi simmer for about 8 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off. Open the pressure cooker only once the pressure releases on its own.
  6. Fluff the khichdi with the back of the spoon. Simple khichdi recipe is ready.
  7. While the khichdi was cooking, I prepared the tadka for the khichdi. Heat groundnut oil in a skillet or tadka pan. Add in the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add in the cumin seeds and asafetida.
  8. Add the whole cloves of garlic and fry them on low heat until golden brown, slightly crunchy, and fragrant.
  9. Turn the heat off and let the tempering cool down a bit. Season it will salt and byadgi red chili powder. Give it a quick mix.
  10. Serve the khichdi in a plate or bowl. Add the tempering over it; as much as you like. Serve the khichdi with yogurt or sabzi of your choice. Enjoy the khichdi hot.
  11. Now let's see how to make the second kind of tadka; green chili tadka.
  12. Slit the green chilies and season the insides with some salt to taste.
  13. Heat groundnut oil in a skillet or tadka pan. Add in the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add in the cumin seeds and asafetida.
  14. Add the whole cloves of garlic and salted green chilies. Fry them on low heat until the garlic is golden brown, and chilies are slightly crunchy, and fragrant.
  15. Green chili tadka is ready.
  16. Serve the khichdi in the plate and drizzle it with as much tadka as you like. Enjoy he khichdi with yogurt!

 

simple khichdi recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

Gather the ingredients to make simple khichdi. Combine 1 cup indrayani rice and 1/2 cup toor dal (yellow pigeon pea lentil) in a bowl. Rinse them well. Soak for 15 minutes in some water.

khichdi ingredients


Step 2

Transfer the rice and dal along with the water they were soaked in, to the pressure cooker. Add 1/4 tsp turmeric, salt to taste, and 1/8 tsp asafetida/hing.


Step 3

Top it with more water. The total amount of water that went into making the khichdi is 3 & 1/2 cups. The amount of water can be adjusted depending on the rice and the pressure cooker.


Step 4

Close the pressure cooker and turn the heat on. Once the pressure builds, turn the heat to low and let the khichdi simmer for about 8 minutes.

pressure cooking the mutton curry

 


Step 5

Turn the heat off. Open the pressure cooker only once the pressure releases on its own.


Step 6

Fluff the khichdi with the back of the spoon. Simple khichdi recipe is ready.


Step 7

While the khichdi was cooking, I prepared the tadka for the khichdi. These are the ingredients for making the tadka with byadgi red chili powder.


Step 8

Heat 1/2 cup groundnut oil in a skillet or tadka pan. Add in 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/8 tsp asafetida.


Step 9

Add the whole cloves of garlic and fry them on low heat until golden brown, slightly crunchy, and fragrant. Turn the heat off and let the tempering cool down a bit. Season it will salt and byadgi red chili powder. Give it a quick
mix.


Step 10

Serve the khichdi in a plate or bowl. Add the tempering over it; as much as you like. Serve the khichdi with yogurt or
sabzi of your choice. Enjoy!


Step 11

Now let’s see how to make the second kind of tadka; green chili tadka.


Step 12

Slit 10-12 moderately or mildly hot green chilies and season the insides with some salt to taste.


Step 13

Heat 1/2 cup groundnut oil in a skillet or tadka pan. Add in 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add in 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/8 tsp asafetida.


Step 14

Add 3 tbsp garlic and salted green chilies. Fry them on low heat until the garlic is golden brown, and
chilies are slightly crunchy, and fragrant.


Step 15

Green chili tadka is ready.


Step 16

Serve the khichdi in the plate and drizzle it with as much tadka as you like. Enjoy he khichdi with yogurt and with your favorite sabzi.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    maria sinha
    March 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    after your moong bean khichdi, this one is next on my list. your recipes can make people fall in love with simple food..thanks a bunch fr sharing. it’s very helpful for people like me looking for new yet simple recipes.

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 9, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you Maria for such a huge compliment. I am really glad my work is helping you. 🙂 I hope you will enjoy this recipe as well. 🙂

  • Reply
    Chandrika Oza
    March 20, 2018 at 8:27 am

    nice idea of serving tadka along with the khichdi… it looks tasty

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 20, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Chandrika. 🙂

  • Reply
    Toolika P
    March 27, 2018 at 10:10 am

    i had never had khichdi this way before and i tried it today and it was so delicious. vry different and flavourful..thanks for sharing the recipe, it was very easy to follow.

  • Reply
    aarti fulzele
    March 30, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    nyc tadka

  • Reply
    Meenal Talwar
    April 6, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    serving tadka over individual servings is a new idea and sounds very delicious to me..shall try it. thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    roshni
    April 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    something different and yummy

  • Reply
    ariana shah
    May 10, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    very tasty and wholesome

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Thanks Ariana.

  • Reply
    ariana shah
    May 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    very tasty and wholesome khichdi

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Thanks Ariana.

  • Reply
    Nishi varma
    May 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I made this khichdi for lunch today. Just finished having it. It was very tasty and aromatic. This was something new. Pouring tasks while serving in plate. Loved the idea. Thanks.

  • Reply
    apurva shinde
    May 26, 2018 at 6:56 am

    fantastic way to serve khichdi. simple and rustic. they serve like this in villages in maharashtra.

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