Tadka Dal Khichdi ~ Spiced Lentil and Rice Mash



This month, again I am back at participating in the A to Z challenge hosted by Vidya and Jolly. The letter for the month is “L” and I was tempted to go simple. My initial idea was to use limes, which are in abundance now, and make a limeade or maybe even bake a cake. However, I ditched the idea. I don’t know why but I just did. Sometimes, you have no explanations to sudden cancellations to the initial plans, isn’it it? It was when I was reminded of this kichdi which has become my staple almost every weekday as dinner. It features a lot of lentils, but I was doubtful if it would be acceptable. A couple of messages to Vidya and she confirmed it is OK, provided I place the emphasis on the lentils. It was a “yay” moment, since I was sharing it a lot on my Instagram stories and it was attracting a lot of attention. It is amazing how a super simple recipe can pique interest. πŸ™‚Pin


The only form of kichdi I know is our sweet version, which becomes breakfast every alternate Friday. I was introduced the savory kichdi, when I ordered it for lunch from a restaurant to have a light meal. Most of the time, kichdi is a mix meal of rice and lentils, preferably moong dal, cooked together in a slightly mashed form, and served along with a gravy and side. It is a meal that a lot of North Indian states enjoy as a comfort meal during winters. There is another version of kichdi which is a total meal in itself, like the one I am sharing with you today. It is usually called “Tadka Dal Kichdi” since the tempering and everything is included into it, and all you need as side is a nice plop of spicy pickle and some cooling yogurt.


I like my kichdi with more lentils than rice, so I take double lentils to the rice. I keep my masala that goes into the dish very simple, so that it gets done in a jiffy. I wish my girls would eat this, so that I would have made this at least once every week, but alas, they don’t like it. πŸ™ I make a batch that lasts me for my working weekday dinners and stock it in the fridge. A couple of times, HD finished my portion and commented that I must be making this for them frequently. I pointed the girls to him and told, “If you can convince them, then surely!” I wish kids weren’t that fussy at times… πŸ˜• I have put in all pointers in the recipe card itself for some ideas and tips that you may follow. Off to this super simple filling recipe…




5 from 10 votes

Tadka Dal Khichdi ~ Spiced Lentil and Rice Mash

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup mixed lentils refer notes
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2-3 green chillies slit
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of hing asafoetida
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi crushed
  • Coriander leaves for final garnish


  • Wash the lentils and the rice till done. Soak for around 20-30 minutes and drain.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the lentils and rice along with the water, chillies, turmeric and salt. Add a splash of ghee.
  • Pressure cook on low flame for around 40-45 minutes. This will ensure that the lentils don't push up and mess up your stove. Allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Meanwhile, heat the ghee. Splutter the cumin and put the hing.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  • Add the onion and saute with a little salt till wilted.
  • Add the masala powders and cook for a minute. Add the tomatoes, splash in some water and cook on low flame till the masala is totally mashed up. Make sure to keep stirring in between and adding little water if the masala sticks to the pan.
  • Open the cooker and give the kichdi a good mix. If you feel the water is less, add sufficient hot water as per the consistency you would like and bring it to a boil.
  • Add in the cooked masala and give a good mix. Add in the kasuri methi and coriander leaves, and finally adjust seasoning.
  • Enjoy hot with raita and a dollop of achar!


The proportion of lentils and rice is totally your choice. I love more lentils in my kichdi so I take double the rice.
I buy the mixed lentils from the mill closeby, or just dump in quantities of masoor, moong, urad and chana dals. You can add the dals as per your convenience and availablity - either use only one, two or all. πŸ™‚


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  1. A very creamy, delicious and healthy side dish!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. this is my sort of comfort meal..looks delicious !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Julie…

  3. I love it .. such a healthy dish. I try many variations too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shobha…

  4. 5 stars
    A perfect comfort food for this season!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  5. 5 stars
    Nothing like a simple, well-made Khichdi to comfort one’s tastebuds! It’s a huge favourite at our place too. Your version looks just right and very inviting..:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  6. 5 stars
    Hey, I just had pongal today (something like khichdi but without any veggies!) and looking at your dish, I am still drooling! Nothing says and feels comfort more than a simple lentil khichdi! Beautiful and healthy share dear! <3

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vanitha… I really love Pongal!

  7. An healthy & comforting food. I loved the way you have used more lentils in the kichi..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Niranjana…

  8. 5 stars
    There is no match to a homemade lentil khichdi. A soulful treat any day with some pickle and papad. Your te.peted version sounds so tempting !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Poonam…

  9. 5 stars
    Such a comforting bowl of healthy and filling meal. Light on the tummy, khichdi is a regular at my home, tend to make it at least once of twice a week. I too take more lentils compared to the rice.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  10. 5 stars
    Nothing beats Khichdi when it comes to comfort food whenever you are under the weather. I too love more of lentils in my khichdi and add a combo of different lentils. Some papads please with this delicious bowl of comfort!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Swati…

  11. A healthy and delicious recipe. Like your girls i don’t like dal khichdi. But surely i prepared this recipe for my son which is 1 year old now.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ankita…

  12. Khichdi is always a comfort food. And this mixed dal khichdi looks so inviting. Loved the use of more dal in khichdi. Sometimes people also use more dal than rice in bhoger khichdi to avoid the khichdi becomes mushy. I will try this khichdi soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujata…

  13. This is the most comforting meal and almost once in a week I love to enjoy this with some chilled raita and pappad. There are many variations to khichdi, but nothing like simple yet flavorful bowl as yours. I love it this way.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Paarul…

  14. 5 stars
    Khichdi is no doubt one of the most comfort and soulful dish to enjoy anytime. I like how you’ve used more dal than rice. I’ll try your version next time.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Geetha…

  15. 5 stars
    Give me a bowl of Khichdi, top it with ghee, a side of pickles and yogurt, I am a very satisfied soul indeed. It is summers here already and I would dread making chapatis in the kitchen in a few days and khichdi’s always come to my rescue as early dinner or lunch too over the weekends. I love the use of mixed lentils here in the recipe, making it wholesome and protein rich too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      All yours! I totally get you about cooking in summers, I sincerely hate it! My kitchen becomes a mini hell and I just want to get out as soon as I can… Thank you so much Vidya…

  16. Khichdi is one of the best and comfort meal. I generally make it without the ginger-garlic paste. That is a delicious looking dal khichdi. Will try your version next time when I make this.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jolly…

  17. I am on a khichdi binge, Rafeeda, and this is one more to the kitty of recipes. Truth be told, give me khichdi and I don’t really care about any other food. I like that you spiced up the khichdi with ginger-garlic paste and kasuri methi.

    Now if only you lived near, we could keep exchanging khichdi bowls.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha I would have surely loved to do that! Thank you so much Aruna…

  18. 5 stars
    hahhaa sudden changes in idea tends to amazing dishes from my experience too ;P
    this dal khichdi is so comfortable and healthy meal option. I can finish up as it is this whole bowl πŸ˜‰

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sasmita… πŸ™‚

  19. A well-made lentil kichadi is pure comfort and less chopping and cleaning. I particularly love the fact that you have used double the amount of dal than the rice whih makes it protein rich and quickly satisfies the hunger pangs.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seema…

  20. 5 stars
    Khichdi is soulful and comfort food. Perfect to make your kids eat. I love the flavors in this khichdi and can eat as such without any side dish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Narmadha…

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