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Tuvar Dal Khichdi – A Rice and Lentil dish from Gujarat

Servings 6


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

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