Restaurant Style Dal Khichdi in 10 min

Let me show you how to make a delicious restaurant-style Dal Khichdi in just 10 minutes.

It is a complete meal, combining lentils and rice to create a simple, easy, and healthy dish perfect for any occasion.


  • Rice: 1 cup
  • Yellow Moong Dal: 1/2 cup
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Oil: 2 tsp
  • Desi Ghee: 2 tbs
  • Chopped Onion: 1 cup
  • Chopped Tomatoes: 1 cup
  • Chopped Ginger: 1/2 tsp
  • Chopped Garlic: 1/2 tsp
  • Bay Leaf (Tej Patta): 1 piece
  • Kashmiri Red Chili Powder: 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp


Step 1: Prepare the Rice and Dal

  • Wash and Soak:
    • Thoroughly wash 1 cup of rice and 1/2 cup of yellow moong dal.
    • Soak them together in 1 cup of water for about 15 minutes.
  • Pressure Cook:
    • Transfer the soaked rice and dal to a pressure cooker.
    • Add salt, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, and a little oil.
    • Cook until you hear 2-3 whistles.

Step 2: Prepare the Masala

  • Heat Ghee:
    • In a separate pan, heat 2 tbsp of desi ghee.
  • Sauté Onions and Ginger-Garlic:
    • Add 1 cup of chopped onions
    • 1/2 tsp of chopped ginger
    • 1/2 tsp of chopped garlic
    • Sauté until the onions turn slightly brown
  • Add Tomatoes and Spices:
    • Add 1 cup of chopped tomatoes to the pan and sauté for a few minutes until they soften
    • Then, add 1 tsp of Kashmiri red chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp of black pepper powder
    • 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

Step 3: Combine and Cook

  • Mix Masala with Khichdi:
    • Add the pressure-cooked rice and dal mixture to the prepared masala.
    • Mix well to ensure the masala is evenly distributed throughout the khichdi.

Step 4: Prepare the Tadka

  • Second Tadka:
    • In a small pan, heat 1 tbsp of desi ghee.
    • Add 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds and 1 tsp of Kashmiri red chili powder.
    • Let the spices sizzle for a few seconds to release their flavors.
  • Top the Khichdi:
    • Pour this sizzling tadka over the prepared masala khichdi.

Step 5: Serve

Mix everything well and serve the dal khichdi immediately while it’s hot. Enjoy this wholesome and comforting dish with a side of yogurt or a pickle for added flavor.