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Kuttu ki khichdi or Buckwheat khichdi recipe with step by step photos – yet another easy and quick Navratri fasting recipe.

Generally We use buckwheat flour to make Kuttu ki roti or Kuttu ki poori during Navratri. This time I managed to get buckwheat groats from the organic section of a super store. I first had buckwheat groats in goa and was surprised to know these were available there too and that too from a local shop. May be as the place where we lived were frequented by russian and european tourists, hence due to demand these were available.

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After taking an instant liking to the steamed buckwheat, I did make it a few times instead of rice and we liked its nutty flavor and taste. When we shifted, I could not get buckwheat in the local shops and so when I spotted these groats in the super store here, I had to buy them.

Buckwheat is grown locally in India and is a super food. buckwheat is not a cereal grain but a fruit seed. They are gluten free as well. Thus making them an excellent substitute for people having gluten allergy. They are rich in fibre and high in protein.

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Buckwheat is also called as kuttu in hindi, kutto in Gujarati and papparai in tamil. these triangular shaped buckwheat groats have a light brown greenish color and have their outer husk removed. They are soft seeds and when you soak them in water, they become gelatinous. If you want a mushy texture, then you just need to cook the buckwheat in water, they way we cook rice. If you want a separate rice like texture, then roast or saute the buckwheat and then cook them in rice.

The idea of making this khichdi is from tarla dalal which is made Similar to Sabudana khichdi. I have made my own changes to the method of preparation and the ingredients used. For 1 cup of buckwheat I used 2 cups of water and the result was a soft and well cooked buckwheat groats. Buckwheat is warming and so is best had in cold seasons. The warmth from the buckwheat can also be balanced by serving it with a cooling yogurt raita.

I often cook buckwheat just like rice or make this khichdi. during this Navratri, I have already made the khichdi thrice.

I served the buckwheat khichdi with a bowl of yogurt. It will also go well with Vrat ki kadhi.

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kuttu ki khichdi

4.72 from 7 votes
Buckwheat khichdi is easy to prepare khichdi with buckwheat groats (sabut kuttu), potatoes and peanuts for Navratri fasting. Wholesome super food.
buckwheat khichdi recipe, kuttu ki khichdi recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 2 tablespoon raw peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili - chopped
  • ½ inch ginger - finely chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes chopped in small cubes
  • 1 cup kuttu (buckwheat or buckwheat groats)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar
  • rock salt as required (sendha namak or upwas ka namak)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • lemon juice or as required - optional


preparation for kuttu ki khichdi

  • Roast peanuts in a frying pan or tava till they become crunchy and golden. Let them cool.
  • Remove and make a coarse powder of them in a mortar-pestle or in a coffee grinder. Keep the powdered peanuts aside.
  • Pick and then rinse the buckwheat a few times in water and keep aside.

making kuttu ki khichdi

  • Heat ghee or oil in a pan or pot. Add the cumin and saute till they crackle.
  • Then add the green chili and ginger and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the potato cubes and saute for 2 to 3 minutes till the potatoes become crisp from the edges. Stir often. Its better to chop the potatoes in smaller cubes, so that they cook faster.
  • Add the ground peanuts and saute for half a minute. Later add the rinsed buckwheat. Stir well and saute for 1 to 2 mins.
  • Add the water, sugar, salt.
  • Stir and cover the pan and allow the buckwheat to simmer on a low flame.
  • Cook till all the water is absorbed and the buckwheat has cooked well.
  • Add coriander leaves and give a final stir.
  • Serve buckwheat khichdi hot or warm drizzled with lemon juice.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
kuttu ki khichdi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 1275mg55%
Potassium 1345mg38%
Carbohydrates 92g31%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 27.5mg33%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 9.5mg53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Preparation to make kuttu ki khichdi

1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making buckwheat khichdi.

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2. In a frying pan or tava, roast 2 tablespoon raw peanuts (moongphali) till they become crunchy and golden.

buckwheat khichdi recipe

3. Let them cool. remove and make a coarse powder of them in a mortar-pestle or in a coffee grinder.

buckwheat khichdi recipe

4. Keep the powdered peanuts aside.

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5. Pick and then rinse 1 cup of  (buckwheat or buckwheat groats) few times in water.

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6. Drain the water and keep aside.

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Making vrat ki khichdi

7. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or peanut oil in a pan or pot.

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8. Add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) and saute till they crackle.

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9. Then add 1 chopped green chili and ½ inch finely chopped ginger.

buckwheat khichdi recipe

10. Saute for a few seconds.

buckwheat khichdi recipe

11. Add 2 medium sized potatoes which are chopped into small cubes.

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12. Stirring often saute the potatoes. Its better to chop the potatoes in smaller cubes, so that they cook faster.

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13. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes till the potatoes become crisp from the edges.

buckwheat khichdi recipe

14. Then add the ground peanuts.

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15. Saute for 30 seconds.

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16. Then add the rinsed kuttu (buckwheat).

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17. Stir well and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

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18. Add 2 cups water.

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19. Next add 1 teaspoon sugar and rock salt or sendha namak as required.

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20. Stir very well.

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21. Cover the pan and allow the buckwheat khichdi to simmer on a low flame.

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22. Cook till all the water is absorbed and the buckwheat has cooked well.

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23. Add 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta).

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24. Mix well.

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25. Lastly drizzle lemon juice (optional).

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26. Serve Buckwheat khichdi hot or warm.

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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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24 comments/reviews

  1. Looks interesting.. chanced upon this while looking for an alternative of Sabudana Khichdi. So want to try surely. These groats cook well even without soaking? Coz they are as hard as wheat probably…

    • thanks priyanka. buckwheat groats will cook well even without soaking. buckwheat groats are different from whole buckwheat. buckwheat groats have the outer husk removed and then crushed. whole buckwheat will be unhulled and you will need to soak them before cooking. in the package, it should be mentioned buckwheat groats and you can make porridge or pudding or use a substitute for rice with it. hope this helps.

  2. Hi Dassana, thanks for this post, will try it! I have only made buckwheat dosa, so this is new. Soak buckwheat overnight, grind it to a smooth batter, add salt. You can also add onions, green chilies and kotmir, my kids love it with some cheese melted into it!

    • thank you bhanu for sharing you feedback and suggestions.

  3. From where can I get this buckwheat ?

    • kailash, you should be able to get in a good grocery store or super market.

  4. Hello! Where in India (Mumbai)I can buy buckwheat? Thanks5 stars

    • alexey, i bought it online. you can probably get in good super market. check in the organic section.

  5. Hello , I read your articles and became interested as I am a Type 2 diabetic , trying various way to lower down my sugar level like daily 1 hour of brisk walking , only eating meat & vegetable without rice daily . I heard using buckwheat can lower our sugar level . can you kindly advise me as how do I make buckwheat with coffee of green tea as my daily breakfast , It comes with a cup of coffee . i am currently buying Indian powder buckwheat .

    Many thanks for your kind reply .5 stars

    • i did not get your query. you want to know a buckwheat recipe or coffee? and also did not get “coffee of green tea”.

  6. Nice website dasaana….I m fan of urs now…all d best4 stars

    • thanks anjana for these kind words.

  7. fantastic recipe! but not able to find buckwheat anywhere in delhi. Where can i find it?

    • monika, you can also buy it online.

  8. Hi,this website is awesome.everyday before cooking I go to this website and cook things.

    • welcome anu

  9. hieee… i was so glad to see tht u found buckwheat groats… i used to live in russia where i had grown really fond of it… could u tell me in which store i could locate it.. thnks 🙂

    • i got the buckwheat groats from a super store where i live. but i think you can buy them online too.

  10. Great recipe. Looks delicious 🙂

    • thanks heena

  11. you can also try buckwheat dhokla. Just soak the buckwheat for 2 hrs in buttermilk and just before making the dhoklas add salt, oil and ginger and greenchilly paste.Do not add baking soda. steam like regular dhoklas.
    I have tried a few of your recipes and they turned out really well.
    My children who did not like veg biryani earlier enjoyed your recipe very much.

    • thanks parul for this buckwheat dhokla recipe. i will try this one. thanks for the feedback parul.

  12. Sounds interesting… Yummy!

    • thanks hari chandana