Khichri is a dish in South asian cuisine made of rice and lentils(dal), but other variations include bajra and mung dal khichri. In Indian culture, in several regions, especially in the northern areas, it is considered one of the first solid foods that babies eat.Hindus, mainly from north/northwest, who avoid eating grains during fasting, eat Sabudana khichri made from sago. In the southern part of India, however, the word khichri is not that popular.
While people of Tamil Nadu and Andhra regions cook Pongal, and Kannadigas prepare Bisi bele bhath, Keralites have no similar dish. Khichri is a salty porridge. Dalia is another similar sweet porridge made from the crushed wheat or barley mixed with sugar and milk.
- 1 cup moong dal with skin
- 1,1/2 cup rice,washed
- 1 tablespoon butter,ghee
- Salt to taste
- Wash and drain moong daal ensuring all grit is removed
- Boil the rice and moong daal in 3 pints of salted water for a while
- Then simmer on low heat until moong daal is cooked
- Add a knob of butter or 1 tablespoon of ghee and mix well to a smooth consistency