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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.
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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
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