This is my contribution to Shaheen’s (@ Malabar Spices) Summer Express Cooking event. Shaheen wants all of us to don Rachel Ray’s cap and make 30 Minute meals.

I shared an apartment with 2 American girls few years ago and thats when I truly realized that Indian cooking does take a lot longer than American cooking. I used to slave in the kitchen to make my dal and rice (I didn’t have a pressure cooker and had to microwave my dal which took almost forever) and my roommates used to make (mostly sandwiches and pastas with store-bought sauces), eat and clean in matter of minutes.

Thanks Shaheen for coming up with this event, it definitely made me re-think about my cooking and prepping process. I’m eagerly waiting for the round up for tips and recipes from fellow bloggers.

My contribution is my mother-in-laws recipe. There is no need to plan anything ahead for this recipe and takes about 30 minutes including the preparations. It is great as a quick dinner, lunch or breakfast.

While the khichdi was cooking, I even had time to make Majjiga charu (spicy buttermilk) as a side dish.

Dalia Khichdi

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: andhra
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: breakfast
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins


2/3 cups Dalia (Cracked Wheat)
1/3 cup Moong dal
1 Onion – medium
1 Carrot – medium
1 Potato – medium
1/4 cup Peas – frozen, thawed under running hot water or in microwave
4 Green Chilies
1” Ginger – piece
10 Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
a pinch Hing
to taste Salt & Pepper


    1~5 minutes:
  1. Prepping the veggies and heating the pans.
  2. Heat a pressure cooker on medium-low flame and a non-stick pan on medium-high flame.
  3. Chop the veggies into chunks (don’t have to be finely chopped, but make sure that all the veggies are almost the same size).

    5~20 minutes:
  1. Add dalia to the non-stick pan and roast till light brown. Remove and keep aside. Next roast the moong dal until fragrant and slightly brown. This will take about 5-6 minutes. I rinsed and drained roasted dalia and moong dal at this stage, but it is optional.
  2. Mean while add 1tbsp oil in the pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and hing. After the seeds crackle, add ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. Fry for 30 seconds, add the onions, potatoes and carrots. Saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the roasted dalia and dal along with 2 cups of water, peas, salt and pepper. Pressure cook on high till 2 whistles.
  4. Let the cooker cool and enjoy khichdi with any chutney, pickle or left over curry.

I served my khichdi with left over yardlong beans thoran (thanks Lavanya from Cookery Corner for the recipe) and majjia charu (spicy buttermilk).

Note: You can make it even faster by eliminating the roasting dalia and dal part and using frozen mixed vegetables instead of fresh ones.

If you don’t add the dal that makes it a terrific vegetable upma.

Dalia Khichdi w/Long beans Thoran & Spicy Buttermilk

For Majjiga Charu:

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: andhra
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins


1/2 medium Red Onion (or 1 small shallot), thinly sliced
2 Green chilies
4 Curry leaves
1 cup Yogurt
a pinch Turmeric
to taste Salt
For tempering/ popu:
1/2 tsp Ural dal
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
pinch Hing


  1. Whisk yogurt with 1/2 cup of water to make smooth buttermilk (or simply use buttermilk). Add turmeric and salt, mix well.
  2. Heat 1tsp oil in a small sauce pan. Add the popu ingredients and when the seeds splutter, add curry leaves, ginger and green chilies. Fry for 30 seconds, add onions and saute till slightly brown. Add this to the curd, mix well.
  3. You can have this with plain rice also.

0 thoughts on “Dalia Khichdi”

  1. u are right, we tend to spend more time in the kitchen somehow. Thats why i was searching for easy recipes. thanks.

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