Gujarati Kitchari – my way!

Khichdi, Kitchari or Kitchri – no matter how you spell it, every family has their own way of making it and it’s one of my favourite comfort dishes. In essence it’s a simple mix of rice and moong dal flavoured with an aromatic tadka (tempering) of ginger and a medley spices.
I like adding vegetables to my version for added texture and flavours and you can add any you like! I like using peas, potatoes and carrots.


  • 2/3 cup Rice
  • 1/3 cup Moong Dal (split green gram with skin) and/or Toor Dal (split yellow lentils). I like to use a mix of both!
  • 3½ cups Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • 1 tablespoon minced Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 4-5 Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin-Coriander Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Chopped carrot
  • 1 potato, boiled and cubed
  • Peas (handful)
  • Dollop of yoghurt to garnish


  1. Rinse the rice and moong dal and/or toor dal in water several times and pick out any stones.
  2. Drain the water and transfer the dal to either a pressure cooker or a saucepan.
  3. Add fresh water, turmeric powder and salt. If cooking in a pressure cooker, cook it for 4 whistles on medium hot. If cooking in a saucepan, it will take between 30-45 minutes to cook it on medium until the rice and dal is nice and soft.
  4. Once this is ready, in a separate pan heat 1 tablespoon oil and when the oil is hot add mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add cumin seeds, curry leaves and the ginger. After about a minute add the spices and the carrot, peas and potato if you are using them.
  5. Add this to the dal and rice mix and stir it all in thoroughly.
  6. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt. I like to add a sprinkling of salt and red chilli powder to mine!

How do you make Kitchari?


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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