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Apr 202014


“Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.” Norman Kolpas

Nestled in Himalayas is Beautiful, Beautiful Kashmir. The place I was born and grew up in. The cuisine of the land is known for its masterfully cooked meat dishes and beautifully cooked vegetables. What it is not known for is its lentil dishes. There are some, but they are few and far in between. And Khichdi is one of them.

The Kashmiris call their Khichdi – “khechir” and it is made with whole mung, rice and choice cuts of lamb. The interesting fact is that it is eaten only once a year on the day of “Khechi Mavas” – or the day of worshipping ancient Demi Gods.

Not that you needed that kind of information, but when I get talking about my home, I get talking.


Speaking of interesting – Imagine my surprise when I first moved away from home and found out that people in rest of India ate Khichdi ALL THE TIME! Ok may be not all the time. But for someone who ate it only once a year, to see people eat khichdi every now and then was amusing.

Thankfully I was introduced to a good ‘no meat’ Khichdi dish early on in my Khichdi exploring days and I was hooked. The Khichdi was the comforting dish for many of my room mates. Since we were not exactly rich and our allowance from home was limited, we could not really make a trip to the nearest restaurant on days we did not feel like eating the cafeteria food. For a nutritious, soul satisfying meal, we would fall back on khichdi.


Buttery lentils, gooey rice, delicious home made ghee and pickles that our moms sent in care packages were some of the things that would comfort us. It was an amusing thought for me to see myself eating a khichdi every now and then, even though it was not the food I grew up eating.

There in lies the power of simple, basic food. The nourishing aspect that makes you feel happy in your belly, the comfort it provides and the nurturing it does to your body. It is no wonder then that many cuisines have a variation of Khichdi in their cuisine.


Tuvar dal Khichdi  from Guajarat is an everyday food eaten with some Kadhi, pickles, papad and chutney.  Sometimes, It is also served with a spicy buttermilk drink called छाछ. In English that would be probably written as Chaach .. but it wouldn’t mean the same thing as per the dictionary. ;)

Tuvar Dal Khichdi – A Rice and Lentil dish from Gujarat

Serves: 6

Tuvar Dal Khichdi – A Rice and Lentil dish from Gujarat


  • 1 cup short grain white rice
  • 3/4 cup toor daal (split yellow pigeon peas)
  • 1/4 cup masoor daal (split red lentils)
  • 1/4 stick cinnamon
  • 4 to 6 whole black pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 to 2 dried chili pepper
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • salt to taste


  1. Wash the rice and the daals thoroughly
  2. In a pressure cooker, heat the ghee at medium heat
  3. Add the mustard seeds and heat them until they crack and then reduce the heat
  4. Add the cloves, black pepper and cinnamon. Let them fry in the ghee a bit.
  5. Add the rice and both the lentils and stir in the spices. Mix Throughly.
  6. Add the turmeric powder, chili powder and dried red chili
  7. Add salt (about 2 tsp, but go as per your taste)
  8. Add 4 cups of water, bring it all to a rolling boil on high heat and then close the lid on the pressure cooker
  9. Once the pressure builds up in the cooker,reduce heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes under pressure. Do not let the pressure come down while you are timing it. There should be a constant and equal release of steam throughout this process. ( do check the instructions on your pressure cooker)
  10. Turn off the heat and let the the dish rest until pressure releases on its own.
  11. Serve with a big dollop of ghee, papad, chutney and some buttermilk.


The Pressure cooker used for this recipe was the Futura Brand.


  9 Responses to “Tuvar Dal Khichdi – A Rice and Lentil dish from Gujarat”

Comments (9)
  1. Such simplicity! Such mind-blowing beauty! Lovely recipe and images, Sweetheart! And how I love to read your words that come straight from your heart.Many thanks for this warm, comforting, soul-soothing post.
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  2. This looks so flavorful and aromatic!
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  3. Served in that copper pot, it really looks like a special dish, too. It sounds so flavorful!
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  4. Ok, I’m trying to Explorer and see if it will let me comment. Fingers crossed, here goes! You paint such a beautiful picture with you words of your home. I’m adding Kashmir to my bucket list. Beautiful recipe Ansh! Maybe this dish will keep me satisfied until I can pack my bags.

  5. This is total comfort food. Quick to make, great taste and very healthy! Love that ghee picture!
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  6. I love dal! And this one looks wonderful — love the color. One of these days I really need to get a pressure cooker — it makes dal a lot quicker to do. Fun post — thanks.

  7. This sounds so good, Ansh! I had no idea you grew up in the Himalayas. I can’t wait to hear more about it and see pictures! And maybe we could eat this while we talk?

  8. Beautiful dish, Ansh, and I love when you share things about your home. More please!
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  9. What a beautiful looking recipe. And thanks for sharing about Kashmir. I don’t think I knew that’s where you were from. I love that copper dish and it’s perfect for the food and the photos.
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