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by dassana amit updated February 12, 2014

chana dal khichdi

chana dal khichdi - here is one recipe that is a traditional punjabi khichdi recipe. this chana dal khichdi is unlike the other indian khichdi recipes which have a thin or medium consistency. by the way khichdi is term used for one pot dishes that is made with cereals, lentils and vegetables.

in this chana dal khichdi, the rice grains as well as chana dal are separate and this gives the khichdi a pulav like texture. this is the specialty of this recipe. this is such a simple recipe and uses just 2 spice ingredients besides the rice and chana dal aka bengal gram. these two spices are also in minimal amounts so that the flavor and taste of the chana dal shines through. the khichdi tastes best when made in a odourless vegetable oil. avoid making in ghee as the ghee subdues the flavors of the dal.

also you can use basmati rice or broken basmati rice. even regular broken rice or tukda chawal as we call in hindi can be used.

pair the chana dal khichdi with some yogurt (dairy or vegan) or raita and you have a satisfying meal. you do need a pressure cooker to make this one. you can make in a pot too, but the water proportions would vary then.

there are few more khichdi recipes in the blog like palak khichdi, sabudana khichdi and bengali moong dal khichdi.

chana dal khichdi recipe

this time again a video, but a motion video not a pictorial video. my mil making the chana dal khichdi in our kitchen. this is again one of her fabulous recipe and i am sure you will love it as much as we do.

chana dal khichdi recipe video:

if you are looking for more chana dal recipes then do check chana dal fry, bengali cholar dalchana dal methi paratha, lauki chana dal curry, chana dal pakora and chana dal biryani

chana dal khichdi recipe below:

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chana dal khichdi
 
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a simple and flavorful punjabi chana dal khichdi recipe.
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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: north indian, punjabi
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 and ¼ cup basmati rice or broken basmati or regular rice
  • 1 and ¼ cup chana dal/spilt-skinned bengal gram
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida/hing
  • a pinch of red chili powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt as required
Instructions
  1. first soak the chana dal overnight or for 4-5 hours. also soak the rice for 30-45 minutes or 1 hour. drain the chana dal and keep aside.
  2. heat oil in the pressure cooker. add the red chili powder, asafoetida and salt.
  3. stir and fry for a few seconds. add the drained chana dal. stir and add 2 cups water.
  4. cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles. once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.
  5. the dal should be cooked and also should be separate.
  6. you can also cook the dal for 1 whistle and then check. if not cooked than cook for 1 more whistle. remember the dal should not be mushy.
  7. drain the rice and add the rice to the cooked dal.
  8. there will be water in the cooker along with the cooked dal, so no need to add extra water.
  9. stir and again pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles. the dal would cook further more along with the rice.
  10. once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.
  11. the specialty of this chana dal khichdi are the separate grains of rice and dal and its not mushy nor pasty.
  12. if the rice is not cooked, then you can add some water and pressure cook again for a whistle.
  13. serve the chana dal khichdi steaming hot with yogurt or raita.

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Jyoti January 13, 2014 1

I see, good to know. Thanks for the reply. Your recipes and your website is awesome.

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Jyoti January 11, 2014 2

Should nt you be adding some jeera as well ?

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dassana amit January 13, 2014 3

i have made this khichdi with jeera too. but then jeera does not allow the flavors of the chana dal to come through, in this dish.

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suhani August 1, 2013 4

Pure luv on a plate by the hands of a mother..the khichdi looks delicious. .

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dassana August 1, 2013 5

thanks suhani.

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Janani July 1, 2013 6

Never heard of this khicadi sounds good very healthy one too got to try it.

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Gavnisha June 21, 2013 7

easy and yummy recipe dassana..i was just wondering if i could replace the chana dhal with either mung dhal or toor dhal for this recipe as my family don’t like chana dhal? thanks dassana.

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dassana June 21, 2013 8

hi gavnisha you can make the khichdi with moong dal or masoor dal. tuvar dal will give a different taste. but my suggestion would be to make this khichdi with chana dal. you will forget that you are eating chana dal. even i am not so fond of chana dal. but some recipe with chana dal are favorite with the rest of the family and myself and this khichdi is one of them.

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Gavnisha June 28, 2013 9

hi…i have tried ur recipe with chana dhal yesterday n added green peas n carrots…it was very nice, accompanied by stir-fried amaranth leaves n stems (shravani maath) and tomato chutney….it was really nice n family liked it.

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dassana July 1, 2013 10

thanks gavnisha

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Ajoy June 21, 2013 11

Great recipe Dassana,
I love your recipes and the way you bring them to ‘life’ !!
Great going!
Anah daata sukhi bhava!!

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dassana June 21, 2013 12

thanks chef ajoy.

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Shumaila June 18, 2013 13

I love khichdi but its been long that I ate the channa dal dry kinds. Should try it out some time at home.

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easyfoodsmith June 17, 2013 14

You are right about this khichdi not being khichdi in the traditional sense. It is more of a pulao. It used to be a favorite at my Mum’s house. She used to add spring garlic to it and it tasted awesome!

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Asmita June 17, 2013 15

Hi Dassana,
I love this kind of simple yet delicious food. Khichdi is one of my favorite foods to prepare. Not time comsuming and enjoyed by all.

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aparna June 17, 2013 16

tasted some where :) totally forgot it ! Good one pot meal !

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