Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi(Makarsankranti Special)

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Khichdi a dish made of rice and dal (lentils), in ghee (Indian Clarified butter) and herbs like Cilantro/Coriander and vegetables with very few spices is one the most comforting, light on stomach and detox food that nourishes and cleanses the body by flushing out the toxins. It forms the part of the Satvik diet and best recommended for children, elderly people and those who are suffering from any kind of stomach related problems.There are many forms of Khichdi, as different lentils can be used in combination with rice.

Like Til and Gur have their significance on Makar Sankranti, Urad Dal Khichdi is Makar Sankranti special in Uttar Pradesh(India). Donating this Khichdi mix (rice grains and urad dal/lentil mix) along with jaggery/gur to priests in temples and needy is considered auspicious. People also cook it and have it on this day. To know more about Makar Sankranti, pls see the post.. Til and Khus Khus Chikki with Coconut Sugar.

During Makar Sankranti, mom always made this khichdi and we enjoyed it with some buttermilk, gur and radish.

We can make this Khichdi in pressure cooker(Indian style) and also in Instant Pot. The method for preparation remains the same for both the methods. Using ghee for this Khichdi is recommended but you can also use any oil of your choice. Replacing ghee with oil makes it suitable for vegans. Also, to make it gluten-free omit hing from it. Do not forget to add ginger to it, as it adds on to the Ayurvedic benefits of this khichdi and makes it easily digestible.

Let’s see how I make this Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi.

Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi for Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti Special, Chilka Urad dal/Split Black Gram  Khichdi. Chilka Urad and Rice cooked in desi ghee for one comforting and wholesome meal. Pressure cooker method.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Soaking Time for Rice and Lentils 30 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Lunch, Main
Cuisine Indian, North Indian Cuisine
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Chilka Urad Dal/Split Black Gram Lentil
  • 1 Tbsp Desi Ghee
  • 1/4 tsp Hing/Asafeotida
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ginger+Green Chilli paste/finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder optional
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak together rice and urad dal for around half an hour.
  • Take a pressure cooker, add 1 Tbsp ghee to it. When the ghee is warm enough, add hing to it, followed by jeera(cumin seeds).
  • Let the jeera brown a little, add chopped ginger and chillies. You can also crush together ginger and chillies and make a coarse paste. Add turmeric powder.
  • Add  rice and dal and salt and mix. Add enough water to cook rice and dal, put the pressure cooker lid and cook till 2-3 whistles on medium flame.
  • Wait till the pressure releases. Open the lid and check for the doneness of Khichdi. All the water should evaporate, and rice and dal should be soft.


Replace Ghee with oil, for vegan option or if you don't have or want to avoid ghee, but trust me Khichdi tastes divine with spoonful of ghee in it.
Keyword Ganga Sanaan, Makar Sankranti Special Recipes, Winter Food

Khichdi in Instant Pot

Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi in Instant Pot

Makar Sankranti Special, Chilka Urad dal/Split Black Gram Khichdi. Chilka Urad and Rice cooked in desi ghee for one comforting and wholesome meal. Instant Pot Method.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Soaking time for Rice and Dal/Lentils 30 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian Cuisine, North Indian Cuisine
Servings 4 people


  • Soak Lentils and Rice for at least half and hour before cooking.
  • Finely chop or make a coarse paste of ginger and green chillies.
  • Set the Saute mode on  and adjust the temperature to high. When the oil is hot, add asafoetida and cumin seeds and saute. 
  • Add rice and lentils, turmeric powder and salt and mix. Add water above 1 inches above the khichdi.
  • Cancel the saute mode and set on the pressure cooker mode. Close the lid and set the timer to 5 minutes(high) and start the timer. 
  • Once done, wait for another 5 minutes and then release the pressure(quick release pressure).  
  • Enjoy hot Khichdi with curd/yogurt/buttermilk.


I have Instant Pot Ultra Model, the process remains same for cooking khichdi in other Instant Pot models, only the display is different.
Keyword Makar Sankranti Special Recipes, Winter Food

Best enjoyed hot just out of the cooker, with a spoonful of ghee on top and a bowl of curd or a glass of buttermilk/chaas. Make this Khichdi on the auspicious day of Sankranti for lunch and enjoy this satvik meal with your loved ones!!

Check out other Makar Sankranti and Lohri recipes from the blog.. Murmura Ladoo and Tilkut, Mixed Nut Gur Chikki, Til and Khus Khus Chikki in Coconut Sugar.

Sharing Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi with my #178 Foodie Monday BlogHop group. The theme this week as decided by all the group members Harvest Harmony, dedicated to Harvest festivals that India celebrates during this time of the year. Lohri in Punjab, Makar Sankranti in Northern and Western India, Pongal in Southern parts and Bihu in eastern parts of India. This time of the year marks one of the most auspicious time of the the year and Sun God is worshipped as this period marks the transition  of Sun from winter period to longer days.


Also taking it to Angie’s #258 Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Laurena @ Life Diet Health.

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Author: Swati

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24 thoughts

  1. This is a valuable recipe, Swathi. We have something similar but surely yours looks so flavourful.

  2. Khichdi using chilke wali urad dal is something lovely way to add into our diet ! Lovely pick for theme Swati 🙂

  3. Khichdi with a dollop of ghee is a soulful foof for us Indians. Never tried urad dal khichdi though. Thanks for the share Swati. Would love to give it a try.

  4. Lovely healthy dish of satisfying khichdi. I make khichdi using different lentils but have not tried making it with urad dal. I must try it as it looks so yum. Nice to know about the Makar Sankranti traditions in UP.

  5. brings back memories of having this (not for the festival, though) in Meerut.. the entire set up looks so warm and welcoming, Swati 🙂

  6. Swati this looks like a great recipe – and simple enough for me to make without searching for ingredients! 😀 😛 Thanks for linking with us and sharing at Fiesta Friday (although the link from there didn’t work this time?)

  7. Swaty, I love dals with skin (chilkewali dal) varieties as they keep you full. I make this often at home as a sattvick dinner option on days when we want to consume food that is light on stomach as well. Absolutely delicious. Wishing you and family a very happy Sankranti.

  8. Wonderful khichdi using urad dal! We do make something similar for lunch. It is really interesting to find the variations of each dish in every region within India. 🙂

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