Khichdi that we buy from hotels are quite different in taste than the one we make at home. This recepie is exactly the hotel style khichdi with tadka.

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Serves: 2


  • Rice: 1/4 cup ( I use kolam rice)
  • Yellow moong dal: 1/4 cup
  • Onion: 1 finely chopped
  • Tomato: 1 small finely chopped
  • Green chillies: 1 or 2 finely chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder: 1 to 2 tsp
  • Asoefitida: 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: for taste
  • Vegetable oil: 2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves: few

For seasoning:

  • Ghee: 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies: 2 broken
  • Curry leaves: few


  • Wash and soak rice and dal together for 5 to 10 mins.
  • Pressure cook rice and dal with turmeric powder and salt for 4 to 5 whistles or till its cooked well.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  • Add asoefitida and stir.
  • Add onions and green chillies and saute till onions become translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Now add tomatoes and cook till it turns mushy.
  • Add red chilli powder and coriander powder and mix well.
  • Now open the cooked rice and dal mixture in cooker and smash it lightly with a whisker or spoon laddle.
  • Pour this to the masala. Mix well.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and stir. Check for salt.
  • Add the finely chopped coriander leaves and stir and switch off the flame.
  • Now for seasoning, heat a small kadai, add ghee.
  • Add cumin seeds, dry red chilli and curry leaves, let it splutter.
  • Pour this to the khichdi and give a stir.
  • Serve hot with pickle and papad.


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