Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew

Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew is the quintessential Indian comfort food. Every Indian worth his salt loves and swears by this bowl of warm stew. Cooked with veggies, simple everyday spices and that final touch of clarified butter or ghee, this is what you need to perk you up and get you feeling warm again. 

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Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew

Just as music is the language of the soul, food is the manna that your soul needs to sustain. But when you are in that special place, just any food wont do. Nope. It has to be something special and more often than not it has to be cloaked in memories. Memories of people you love, of a time you loved or may be just something that made you laugh. Its those dishes that became indelible from our memory and form as much a part of us as our today. 

Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew

If you are an Indian, or privy to Indian culture, you are not a stranger to the humble Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew. Different regions have their own version. North Indians typically love a good hearty khichdi like this one, where as many of my Bengali friends are more partial to the simpler khichdi (without vegetables and a quick paanch phoran tadka). Sindhi khichdi is a little different too. And so do we.

Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew

Ever since I can remember, I have hear my dad coax my mom sweetly to make Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew , mostly on Saturdays. I was quite a willful child and somehow I didnt like Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew till I was 15! Its somehow only after I turned 15 and grew a palate I suppose that I finally fell in love with the subtle nuances and delight that Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew is. The way my mom dry roasted the mung dal or lentil, its nutty aroma permeating the room, followed by measuring the rice to go into the Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew, chopping the vegetables and handing us pieces of carrot batons and fresh peas to munch on. Finally, she would put the tadka or tempering on the khichdi, that was sheer art! Ghee or clarified butter melted and in goes one spice after the other till the entire house is redolent with the promise of the delicious meal that is to follow. And finally, the humble Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew would be served to four hungry mouths and we would savor it silently. 

Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew

Usually at my home we make Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew along with some side dishes that are must. This thaali that I shared on Instagram is a part of my and my husband’s childhood. That essential everyday lunch/dinner thaali or platter. Since this is basically a flavored, super healthy, mildly spiced rice and lentil stew , we prefer having some other dishes along with it. Our must haves are simple cumin spiced potatoes that take minutes to make, crispy grilled aubergine with garlic and turmeric, some cold yogurt, pickles or achaar, pickled cucumber and onions, green chutney, papad or roasted poppadum and something sweet to cap the meal perfectly. It sounds like a lot and too time taking, but honestly I am so used to it by now that I can prepare the entire meal in an hour. Actually in under an hour. 

khichdi veg thaali by Lapetitchef or Swayampurna Mishra

Served with the goodies or just by itself, this Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew is comfort food at its best.

Its super healthy since it hardly uses any oil, has a little ghee (1 tbsp) which is very good for you, studded with fresh vegetables, had lentils which we all know are super good and a healthy dose of immunity boosting turmeric! Not only in this one pot meal easy to make, but its just as easy to relish. major bonus in my books is that fact that it is adored by both the tiny adults and us grown ups. 

Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew

So don’t be daunted by this seemingly Indian staple of Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew, its the easiest stew there is. If you don’t love khichdi yet, I am sure you will after making yourself and your loved ones this healthy and nutritious meal of Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew

Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew

Xo,

S. 

Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew

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Khichdi or one pot and rice lentil stew
Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew is the quintessential Indian comfort food. This healthy bowl of stew is super nutritious, mildly spiced, easy to make and perfect for fall!
Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Passive Time 20 mins
Servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Passive Time 20 mins
Servings
Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew
Instructions
  1. Start by dry roasting the moong dal or lentil on a pan on low heat for 3-4 mins till lightly browned and smells nutty. Remove set aside. Wash and keep the rice ready. Pound the ginger, garlic and green chili together.
    Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew
  2. Next, heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the bay leaf. Add the ginger-garlic-chili paste and saute for 30 secs. Add the onion and saute till translucent Next add the veggies , turmeric and salt and let the veggies cook for 4 minutes on a low flame.
  3. Now add the roasted lentil or dal and give it a good stir. Add the rice. Pour almost double the amount of water. Make sure you add salt accordingly. Cook it on pressure cooker for 2 full whistles, then reduce the flame and cook for another 5 whistles. Remove from flame and let it remain closed for 10 mins atleast. After that open the safety valve of the cooker and let the steam release on its own.
  4. For the final touch, in a small wok or tadka pan, add the ghee. Once hot, add broken in half dried red chilie, mustard, cumin and fennel seeds and let them pop. Pour immediately over the khichdi and cover to trap the aroma in it. rest for 10 mins , stir well and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I use a pressure cooker to make it quickly. You can also cook it in a pot. It takes longer but is equally delicious.

Add potatoes if you are not having any side dishes. I made a separate potato side dish and hence, didnt add potatoes to the Khichdi or one pot rice and lentil stew.

Some people also add green capsicum and cauliflower to it. I dont, but you can if you wish to.

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  1. My Bulgarian husband absolutely LOVES Indian food! Your stew looks amazing, and I am sure he’ll appreciate this dish! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is just fabulous, I’m drooling over the pictures! I’m a huge fan of lentils in general, they’re cheap, nutritious and hearty, plus these small yellow ones are one of my favorite. I’m gonna try this stew as soon as I can!

  3. This is a great recipe! I have a pressure cooker but mine is old school and doesn’t have whistles. How long would I cook in the cooker or how long does it take on the stovetop? Can’t wait to make this and not share the pot!

    1. Never worked with a pressure cooker without whistles! But you can do this on stove top for sure. Start by cooking the rice and roasted lentils in a large pot with almost 3 cups of water and salt till half cooked. Then add in the veggies, turmeric and continue cooking till everything is really mushy. Alomst 45 mins. Keep adding 1/2 cup of water if it gets too thick. Remove from heat, add the tempering, cover the pot immd, rest for 10 mins, mix and serve.

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