Khichuri (Lentil-Rice cooked together in spices)

Khichuri” is super duper easy, healthy n quick one pot recipe. It’s perfect for one of “THOSE” lazy days when you don’t want to cook anything elaborate but yet want something healthy using least of the utensils n time.
This dish comes from the Eastern part of India and is also served as prasad in Durga Puja/Saraswati Puja/Kali Puja (Festivals) in Bengal.



Khichuri is usually made with white rice along with lentils, vegetables(potato, cauliflower, carrots, etc) and spices however I’m using brown rice for this recipe.
It’s also one of the preferred meals in India when you wants to keep your tummy light or when your tummy is upset. 
Suggestion: You may measure the dry ingredients & spices and keep them stored in air-tight container for future use.



(Lentil-Rice cooked together in spices)
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Tools1 Medium Pressure Cooker

1 Large Bowl

Ingredients1 Cup Basmati Brown Rice – You may use any rice of your choice

½ Cup Split Yellow Lentil (Moong Dhuli)

½ Cup Red Lentil (Masoor Dhuli)

¼ Cup Spinach – You may use frozen or fresh spinach as per availability

½ Large Boiled Potato – Chopped into bite size pieces

½ Large Onion – Thinly chopped

1 Green Chili – Thinly Chopped

2 Tbsp of Olive Oil – You may use any flavorless oil

1 Tbsp of Clarified Butter(Ghee) - Optional

3 Cups Water (For making Khichuri) – Room Temperature

2 Cups of Water (For soaking rice+lentils)

Whole Spices1 Large Bay Leaf(Tej Patta)

1 Black Cardamom(Badi Elaichi)

2 Cloves(Laung)

1 Stick of Cinnamon(Dalchini)

5 Black Pepper Corns(Kali Mirch)

Powdered Spices2 Pinch of Asafetida(Hing)

1 Tsp Garam Masala

½ Tsp Turmeric

1 Tsp Red Chili Powder

2 Tsp Salt (As per your taste)


  1. Prep Work: In a large pot, soak rice+lentils in 2 cups of water for 1 hr. (Drain the grains and keep aside)
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil, butter(ghee) in a pressure cooker for 1/2 min on high flame.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, add onions and sauté for a min.
  4. Add all the whole spices, sauté for 2-3 minute till onions are pink in color.
  5. Now add spinach, potato, green chili and sauté for another 2 minute.
  6. Add pre-soaked rice+lentils and sauté for 2-3 minute till everything is mixed together.
  7. Add powdered spices and sauté for another minute.
  8. Now add 3 cups of water and
  9. close the pressure lid and turn the heat to high.
  10. Turn off the heat after 3 whistles and let the pressure cooker cool.
  11. Serve Khichuri with plain yogurt, pickle and papadum.


Calories: 976 cal
Carbohydrates: 157 g
Fat: 25 g
Sodium: 2440 g
Cholesterol: 16 g
Protein: 36 g
Fiber: 28 g

2 Replies to "Khichuri (Lentil-Rice cooked together in spices)"

  • Molly Kumar August 22, 2012 (8:04 pm)
    Thanks Faseela :)
  • faseela August 22, 2012 (8:45 am)
    healthy preparation of rice....yummy

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