Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dal Rice | Dhal Khicdi Recipe

Today's recipe is a very simple Rice & Dal One-pot meal which is very delicious and can be made in less then 15mins. A Maharashtrian friend on mine used to do this often while she stayed with us and it comes out perfect each time she does. Instead of making the mushy kind of Dal Khichdi, she prepares this Khichdi in which the Rice grains are separate and we all love it this way. I adapted her recipe by adding Paneer to make more nutritious and filling.This Dal Khichdi is similar to the famous Arisi Paruppu Sadham of Coimbatore, main difference being the use of Moong Dal in place in Toor Dal in that recipe. A simple raita would go well with this humble Dal Khichdi. Relish it hot with a dollop of ghee and am sure it would be heavenly!

Blogging Marathon 89- Wk2, Day3
Theme - One-pot meals

Preparation time - 5mins
Cooking time - 15mins
Serves - 3

Basmati Rice - 1cup, soaked in lukewarm water for 15mins
Moong Dal - 1/4cup
Ghee - 1-2tblsp
Jeera - 1tsp
Bayleaf - 1
Green chilli - 2, slit
Onion - 1, sliced
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2tsp
Biryani Masala - 1/2tsp
Salt - As needed
Paneer cubes - 1/2cup
Green Peas - 1/2cup, optional


1. Wash and soak the Basmati rice for about 15-30min.

2. In a pressure cooker / handi, heat ghee and add jeera and bayleaf followed by chilli and onion and saute for 2-3mins until onion is lightly browned. 

3. Add the turneric powder, chilli powder, Biryani masala and salt. Stir well. Drain the rice and add together with moong dal, panner and peas. 

4. Add 2.5cups of water and close the lid. Once you see the pressure has built in, put the weight and simmer for 8-10mins. Switch off and open after 5-10mins. 

5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot!!

This goes for Valli's Blogging Marathon for day 3 of Wk-2. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 89



  1. Dal khichdi looks so inviting and comforting.

  2. Such a wholesome and comforting khichdi, adding paneer cubes makes this rice more delicious and inviting. A complete meal.

  3. My kids love to have this type of khichdi/ dal rice where individual grains are separated, but i make it with chana dal. Though dal rice is looking perfectly made but I must say that your bowl of curd has stolen the show :)

  4. very nicely done. I make it with moong dal too- but the addition of paneer in a Khichdi is new - will try this for my husband who loves all kinds of Khichdi...

  5. I love my khichdi to have separate grains as opposed to the really mushy one. Adding paneer to it definitely makes it a wholesome meal.

  6. a wonderful flavorful rice for any time

  7. A simple and comfortable meal. Always for this.

  8. We love arisi paruppu sadham and am definitely going to try this one with moong dal.Super recipe Sujatha!