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Bengali Khichidi

By: Anupama
Region: North Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Breakfast/Tiffins/Snacks
Main Ingredient: Rice , Masoor dal , Channa dal
Servings: 7 servings
Time to Prepare: 45 minutes


1 cup rice (washed and soaked 30 minutes)
1 cup masoor dal (washed and soaked 30 minutes)
1 tbsp. channa dal (washed and soaked 30 minutes)
1 bay leaf
3 green cardamoms
1" stick cinnamon
3 cloves
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
10-12 tiny onions peeled or
1/2 cup sliced onions
10-12 baby potatoes washed clean
1/2 cup peas shelled
1 carrot diced
1 tsp. ginger grated
1 tsp. garlic grated
3-4 green chillies finely chopped
1 tbsp. coriander finely chopped
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
salt to taste
5 cups water
4 tbsp. ghee


Drain dals, rice in a colander and keep aside.

Save this water for adding later.

Semicrush spices (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves)

Heat 3 tbsp. ghee in a large heavy skillet.

Add cumin seeds, bayleaf, crushed spices, splutter.

Add ginger, garlic, chillies, stirfry for a moment.

Add onion, potato (with skin), sitrfry for 2 minutes.

Add carrots, peas, turmeric, garam masala, salt.

Add dals, rice and gently stirfry for 1 minute.

Add water to make drained water 5 cups.

Heat well and add to skillet.

Stir, bring to a boil, cover and simmer till done.

Rice and dals should be done but not overdone.

Veggies will get soft and water should be absorbed.

Add more water if required in between.

When done, pour remaining ghee and sprinkle coriander.

Serve piping hot with gravied veggies or kadhi

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