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Bihari Khichdi

  • Veg
  • 30 mins
  • Serves 3
  • Easy


  • To Roast and Powder


Bihari khichdi is made from rice and lentils. This khichdi is essentially a salty porridge; one of the first solid foods given to infants. Many different regions throughout India have their own regional version of khichdi. The Bihari khichdi is made with rice, dal, garam masala, and ghee, making it a true comfort food. Try making some next time you want to feel full.

Health Benefits

One of the primary ingredients in this dish is moong dal, a member of the legume family. Like other legumes, moong dal comes with a host of health benefits that make it a healthy addition to any diet. These legumes are a high source of essential nutrients, including folate, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

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How to make Bihari Khichdi

  1. Rinse rice and lentils separately.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pressure pan. Fry cumin seeds, bay leaves, dry red chili, and ginger-garlic paste.
  3. Add the lentils. Keep stirring until slightly browned. Add rice, vegetables, 3 cups of water, and salt. Pressure cook up to 3 whistles.
  4. Roast the spices and make a fine powder of them.    

    5.Open the cooker once the steam is released.

    6.Add a teaspoon of the spice mix with 2 tbsp ghee. Stir to combine.

    7.Serve and enjoy!


Ibn Batutta mentioned khichdi in the writings of Afanasiy Niktin.



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