chana dal khichdi
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chana dal khichdi

punjabi chana dal khichdi recipe - a simple and flavorful traditional punjabi chana dal khichdi recipe.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: main course
Cuisine: north indian, punjabi
Servings: 2 to 3
Author: Dassana Amit


  • ½ cup basmati rice or broken basmati or regular rice
  • ½ cup chana dal (spilt-skinned bengal gram)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 to 2 pinch red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required


soaking chana dal

  • first rinse and soak the chana dal overnight or for 4-5 hours or soak for 30 minutes in hot water. also rinse and soak the rice for 30 minutes. later, strain the chana dal of the water and keep aside.

cooking chana dal

  • heat oil in the pressure cooker. lower the flame. add the red chili powder, asafoetida and salt.
  • stir and fry for a few seconds. add the chana dal. stir and then add 1 cup water.
  • cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles or for about 6 minutes. once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.
  • the dal should be cooked and also should be separate.
  • 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.

making chana dal khichdi

  • drain the rice and add the rice to the cooked dal.
  • there will be water in the cooker along with the cooked dal, so no need to add extra water.
  • stir and again pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles. the dal would cook further more along with the rice.
  • once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.
  • the specialty of this chana dal khichdi are the separate grains of rice and dal and its not mushy nor pasty. if the rice is not cooked, then you can add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup water and pressure cook again for a whistle or two.
  • serve the chana dal khichdi steaming hot with yogurt or raita.