Last week, I had gone to Mussoorie to celebrate my anniversary. When I came back home, was too tired from the eight hours long journey to cook anything. My daughter was very happy thinking that she will again get to eat pizza that she had been feasting for the last two days. Kids these days….. Never tired off pizzas and pastas. But after eating outside food continuously for three days, neither me nor my husband were in a mood to eat anything of the sort.

Chana Dal Khichdi

In such type of condition, when I’m neither in a mood to cook nor want outside food, khichdi is the best option. I love to have khichdi loaded with vegetables. But my kids are averse of it. So if I’m to make khichdi for the whole family, generally I make chana dal khichdi which is more like pulao. And the best thing is, my whole family eats it fuss-free. I serve it with raita, papad and kachumbar salad.

Chana Dal Khichdi

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Chana Dal Khichdi/ How to make chana dal pulao
Chana Dal Khichdi - A healthy instant one pot meal that can be readied in less than fifteen minutes.
Chana Dal Khichdi
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 10-12 min
Passive Time 30 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 10-12 min
Passive Time 30 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
Chana Dal Khichdi
Instructions
  1. Soak rice and chana dal in water for 30 minutes. .
  2. Heat ghee or oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and asafoetida to hot ghee.
  3. When cumin seeds start sizzling, add chopped Ginger and chillies. Give them a quick stir
  4. Next quickly stir in turmeric, garam masala and salt.
  5. Finally add soaked rice, dal and water. Increase the heat to high.
  6. When a boil comes, reduce the heat to medium low and cover it the pan. Let the khichdi cook for 10 minutes or whole of the water dries up.
  7. Serve It hot with salad, curd/raita, chutney, pickle or papad. (We love to drizzle some hot ghee over khichdi/pulao).
Recipe Notes
  • You can either use ghee or oil for tempering. I personally like using ghee.
  • khichdi in pan is more pulao like. If you like mushy khichdi, you can also make it in pressure cooker. In that case, use 3 cups of water and cook upto two whistles.
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