Traditional Gujarati Khichri

  • Prep Time
    20 Mins
  • Cook Time
    30 Mins
  • Serving
  • Ready In
    50 Mins

So, the weather has not been great lately and I’m sure you’re craving some simple and easy comfort foods to warm you up.

Khichri is an Indian classic dish made in nearly every Gujarati Indian household. Paired with its classic yellow curry, it is an absolute comfort food and tastes even better when the weather is gloomy and dull! We have the perfect recipe for you to be able to cook up the perfect khichdi recipe in no time!

The best thing about this dish is that it takes very little time to prep but is a delicious, wholesome, filling meal for the family to enjoy!

What is Khichri?

Khichri is a dish which is made of rice and lentils (daal). It can be made with tuwar daal or masoor daal. We generally prefer masoor daal as it is not too heavy on the stomach.



    Here's the simple step by step recipe. Don't forget to send us a picture on Instagram if you give it a go!


    Firstly, wash the rice and daal 3 times to remove all the excess starch and then let it soak in water for 25 minutes. Whilst your rice is soaking, prep the rest of your ingredients


    In a large pot, heat the oil and the butter on a high heat and then add in the cinnamon sticks, pepper balls, cardamom, cloves, ginger, chillies and garlic cloves. Fry for around one minute to release the flavours. Then add the cumin seeds and curry leaves


    Add in the onions and fry them for around 5 minutes, they should go translucent.


    Add in all the water, turmeric and salt. Cover the pot and leave it to boil.


    Once the water has come to a boil, drain the water form the soaked rice and daal. Then add the rice and daal into the pot


    Cover the pot and let the rice cook, the rice should start coming to the top, give it a slight stir and move to a low heat. See video for reference


    Khichri is best served very hot paired with Gujarati curry which you can find on our website. We like to also serve it with tomato chutney (which is a family fav!) and some poppadum’s. When we have guests over we like to have a small bowl of ghee and achaar as these two taste great with the khichri too!

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