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Kichidi with Chana Dal

Kichidi.....this is well known to every one....the ease of making it made it very popular item on a lazy holiday. It do not require and side dish, making is simple, tastes very good, fills the stomach, that's all. I prefer making this on weekends, its our regular holiday brunch. I love it, my hubby love it too (this is important ;)!!!!!!!!!
Here is the recipe, Some make i with moong dal / Green lentils but my hubby loves it with chana dal

Basmathi Rice/ regular rice- 3 cups
Chana Dal (split gram dal)-1/2 cup
you can use vegetables you like but remember to chop them into large pieces
Carrot slices- 1/2 cup
beans chopped-1/2 cup
Green peas-1/4cup
cauliflower florets- 1cup
green chili-2 cubed
Onions chopped-1/2cup
Elachi / cardamom-3 cloves
Cinnamon stick- 1big
Bay leaves / biryani leafs -2 big
Sajeera / Jeera/ cumin seeds-1/2ts

Nuts, mint leaves, cilantro-  (optional)
Ginger garlic paste-2ts
vegetable oil/ ghee/ butter-3-4ts
Salt to taste
Water for cooking

  • Wash and soak rice and chana dal in water, for 1 cup of mixture add 2cups of water (1:2 ratio) and add 1ts of table salt and keep it aside.
  • Now take a thick bottom skillet and add 3-4ts of olive oil / butter / ghee/ vegetable oil to the skillet and heat it.
  • Add all the spices cloves + cinnamon + cardamom + bay leaves +jeera and  wait until they splutter, always remember to cook spices in medium flame.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw flavor vanishes.
  • Toss in all vegetables and stir it well.
  • cook until they are half done by closing the lid.
  • Now add this mixture to soaked rice and cook just like a normal rice in a rice cooker or pressure cooker.
  • I love enjoying this with raita, but it does not require any side dish.

Hope you like my recipe, Please, leave your comments they are very valuable for me...thnX for stopping by. keep visiting :)


  1. Finger licking delicious n yum looking! Something I can eat on a regular basis :)
    US Masala

  2. that looks yummy..will try once

  3. wow..delicious khichdi..addition of chana dal is new to me..
    Regarding ur question,how does asparagus taste?
    It tastes just like beans chopped;not bitter or sweet or sour.Try it once,u'l like it..

  4. interesting combo there! healthy and filling!

  5. I like it. I always add mixed dal in mu khichdi, makes it so much better :)

  6. so healthy and delicious combo !!

  7. khichdi looks great..never tried with chana dal..shall give a try :)

  8. Khichidi looks wholesome,healthy,filling and simply inviting..

  9. healthy n delicious khichidi...

  10. Chanadal kichadi looks dleicious.

  11. delicious and healthy kichidi dear...

  12. This sounds wonderful. Very different & tasty!

  13. I make this but in differnt way slightly...looks yummm

  14. Hey, this yummy dish looks more like a pulao...rather than a khichdi !! Love the look !!

  15. nice dish, this weekend m going to try it........ yummyyyyyy


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