• Rice with Lentils - Khichdi Jamai Ji

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    Rice with Lentils - Khichdi Jamai Ji
    Prep: 10 min Cook: 20 min Servings: 4
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    Khichdi is a mixture of dal and rice that is cooked together so that the flavors blend together. Various lentils can be used, such as split moong dal with or without skin, whole brown lentils (mosoor) or mooth lentils. It can be made with or without the addition of any number of vegetables. The proportion of rice to lentils also varies with individuals. Khichdi is often served with four accompaniments; papadams, yogurt, ghee, and pickles. This recipe is a meal in itself.


    • 3/4 cup basmati rice
    • 3/4 cup split moong dal with skin, picked over, or other lentils
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or ghee)
    • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - optional
    • 2 dried red chilies
    • 4 cloves
    • 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
    • 1-2 bay leaves
    • 1 large black cardamom
    • 3 1/2 cups water
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
    • 1/2- 3/4 cup frozen green peas, chopped broccoli florets, chopped spinach, or other vegetable


    1. Rinse rice and moong beans thrice with water and set aside.
    2. In a 2 or 3-quart saucepan, heat ghee or oil over medium heat. If you are adding broccoli, or another vegetable that tastes nice when slightly browned in the pan, add it now along with the potatoes and saute for a few minutes.
    3. Add the cumin seeds & when they begin to sizzle, add the asafetida, red chilies, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom.
    4. Saute for about 30 seconds to release the flavor of the spices.
    5. Add the rice and bean mixture, water, turmeric, salt, and frozen peas if using them.
    6. Stir to mix well, bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to simmer.
    7. Stir the mixture once again, cover and cook approximately for 20 minutes or until water has been absorbed.
    8. Remove whole spices before serving if desired. I don't bother. Serve with a curry, or by itself with papadams, plain yogurt and lime, mango or chili pickle.

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    • Deb Win
      Deb Win
      Absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this recipe and I served it with a home made lamb curry, the rice with lentils vanished. If you can, use all the ingredients John has included, especially the asafetida, its a special spice that really adds flavour. No variation, just cook it and enjoy!
      • John Spottiswood
        John Spottiswood
        Thanks for the thoughtful review, Deb!
      • Curt Despres
        Curt Despres
        This sounds very tasty. I love rice sides. Always my first choice.
        • Susan
          This rice dish had so many great flavors and it could be a side dish to any type of meat! It was so filling and flavorful, I could even it alone as a meal.
          • Kathy A Hancock
            Kathy A Hancock
            Ooh, cumin and cloves!


            • Malli
              Looks and sounds incredibly good!!
              • Cecelia Heer
                Cecelia Heer
                I have to agree with several other comments. Rice and Lentils are two of my favorite ingredients to work with. The other is seafood, but we're in a different category now.
                • Claudia lamascolo
                  Claudia lamascolo
                  What amazing flavors here... I just love lentil and this kind of rice!~
                  • judee
                    I'm always on the lookout for a good vegetarian meal.This one looks delicious. What a great combination of spices.. I especially love cardamom.
                    • Daniel Saraga
                      Daniel Saraga
                      Our youngest just devoured a bowl full of this that a friend made (without the extra veggies) at dinner tonight. Looks great.

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