Masala Khichdi recipe is just an upscaled version of the regular Khichdi, but so much better. People usually have it when they are ill or want to have something light on the stomach. It doesn’t have a good reputation among food lovers too. Many consider it boring and bland. But today I am here to change it completely and give you a new favorite that you will cherish forever. It will never be the same for you again. Trust me, when I say, “This will be the best Masala khichdi you’ve even had and it will become your favorite instantly!”
The best part is that you can prepare it whenever you want. It is easy and quick to make. Moreover, its nutrient content makes it an optimal choice for many students and busy people. You can have it for breakfast, take it in your lunch box or have it for dinner too. Its versatility knows no bounds. I like to have it for lunch with some raita and roasted papad. This is the best combination and is far better than any five-star multi-cuisine restaurant.
The secret ingredient of Masala Khichdi Recipe
This Masala Khichdi recipe has the goodness of veggies, proteins of dal, and hotness of spices melted together in a perfect blend of harmony and taste. You must be thinking how can a dish this simple be that good, there has to be a secret ingredient. There is no secret ingredient to this recipe but yet there are many. The taste in this recipe comes from the vegetables we use. So add whatever you can find in your fridge and you’ll be good.
After tasting it, you will always want to have this dish when you seek comfort food. It really has all the potential to be one. So let’s dive right into this amazing and wholesome masala khichdi recipe!
Masala Khichdi Recipe
- 5 tbsp rice
- 1 tbsp red lentils (lal masoor dal)
- 1 tbsp split Bengal gram (chana dal)
- 1 tbsp split green gram (moong dal chilka)
- 1 tbsp split black gram (urad dal chilka)
- 1 tbsp yellow split pigeon peas (toor dal)
- 2 tbsp butter or clarified ghee
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds (jeera)
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp red chili powder
- ¼ tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 onion
- 1 green chili
- 1 small potato
- 1 tomato
- 2 florets of cauliflower
- 1 small carrot
- ½ cup of peas
- 1 green capsicum
- 5-6 french beans
- ½ cup spinach leaves
- 50 grams paneer
- ¼ cup coriander leaves
- Take a bowl and add all types of dal and rice to it. We need to wash it thoroughly with water until the water gets clear. After washing, drain the water and keep it aside. Note: It is not necessary to take all the pulses mentioned in the recipe. You can surely improvise with the quantity and type of pulses as per your choice. Some people like to make it with just one type of dal and it still tastes good.
- Let’s chop the vegetables into small cubes or however you prefer. I personally like large chunks of onion, tomato, potato, and carrot. I dice the rest of the vegetables very finely. You can do the same too. Note: I would recommend chopping spinach leaves very finely so it mixes properly with the rest of the ingredients nicely.
- Take the pressure cooker and heat it on medium flame. Then add 1 tablespoon of butter to it.
- When the butter melt, add cumin seeds to it and let it sputter.
- When the cumin seeds start to sputter, add the chopped onion to it. Cook the onions until they get slightly transparent.
- Now add the chopped green chili and tomatoes to the cooker. Cook it for a minute or two.
- Then add salt, red chili powder, and turmeric powder to the cooker. Roast the spices well for about a minute or so. You can also add some water here if the masala looks dry.
- When the masala gets cooked properly, add all the chopped vegetables to it. Give it a gentle mix and roast it for some time. Note: Do not add paneer or coriander leaves yet. We will add it later in the recipe.
- Then add the washed rice and dal mix to the cooker. Now, add one glass of water to it. Then add the paneer cubes, some coriander just before closing it. Then close the lid of the cooker and let it cook on medium flame.
- Turn off the flame after two whistles. Carefully open the pressure cooker. Garnish with coriander leaves and butter and serve hot. Enjoy!
This Masala Khichdi recipe is so easy to make and tastes heavenly. If you are making it for someone who is ill, avoid adding red chili powder and green chilies. Feel free to add or omit the vegetables as you like. No matter what, you can not go wrong with this recipe ever. Try it with different ingredients available at the moment and discover your very own version of Masala Khichdi.