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Khichdi By Chef Ajay Chopra


Also known as - Khichuri

The Bengali Khichuri or Khichdi is a tasty and healthy one-pot meal. Chef Ajay Chopra shares the recipe in detail.
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Cooking Time

18-20 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

10-15 Min



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  • For Khichdi

    • 2 - 3 tbsp ghee

    • 1/4 tsp jeera

    • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds

    • 4 - 5 cloves

    • 4 - 5 black peppercorns

    • 2 bay leaves

    • 1 inch cinnamon stick

    • 1 - 2 dried red chillies

    • 1 bowl chopped carrots, cauliflower and potato

    • 1 cup rice

    • 1 cup moong dal

    • 1 cup peas

    • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

    • water as required

    • salt to taste

  • For Tadka

    • 2 - 3 tbsp ghee

    • 2 - 3 cloves

    • 4 - 5 black peppercorns

    • 1/4 tsp jeera

    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

    • salt to taste

    • 1 tbsp ginger paste

    • 1 cup grated coconut

    • 1 cup chopped coriander


  1. 1

    In a pan, heat ghee, add mustard seeds, jeera, bay leaf, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried red chilli.
  2. 2

    Add roughly chopped cauliflower, carrots and potatoes and saute. Toss it well in the pan and then add rice and moong dal, matar, chopped tomatoes to the tadka.
  3. 3

    Transfer the khichdi mixture to a cooker, pour in some water and allow it to cook for 2-3 whistles.
  4. 4

    Heat ghee in a tadka pan and add cloves, peppercorn, jeera, ginger paste, salt and turmeric powder. Finish the tadka with freshly grated coconut and fresh coriander.
  5. 5

    Pour the tadka on the khichdi and mix well. Serve the khichdi hot.

Khichdi or khichuri as it is called in Bengal is made on all celebratory occasions. It’s also called Ghalo in Eastern India.

In many parts of India, this is the first solid food babies eat. There are many variations to this dish according to the area. It is can be made with moong dal, bajra or it can be made plain with just rice and lentils and tempering or all veggies can be added along with some whole spices to make it more sumptuous.

This dish is simple to make yet filling and healthy.

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