Gujarati Vaghareli Khichdi Recipe – Healthy, filling khichdi made using rice and arhar dal with addition of fresh tuvar dana and peanuts.
When it comes to the dinner meal, I end up making khichdi at least once a week. Not Just because we like it but it is healthy, light on stomach and quick to make.
Here I have used frozen pack of fresh tuvar dana (green pigeon peas). It is also known as tuvar lilva. This adds unique taste and flavor to the khichdi.
Other than tuvar dana, I have added only onion and tomatoes. If you want you can add other vegetables like carrot, potato, cauliflower, eggplant, capsicum etc.
And the addition of peanuts gives nice nutty taste with some crunchy texture vs mushy texture of vaghareli khichdi.
For making any khichdi, I always use short grain rice (gujarat 17 verity). You can use any broken rice aka tukda rice or khichdi rice.
How to make Vaghareli Khichdi Recipe (Step by Step Photos):
1) Combine rice and toor dal in a bowl. Wash or rinse then 2-3 times with water.
2) Now soak in enough water for 15 minutes. Meantime chop the onion, tomato and keep rest of the ingredients ready.
3) Take ginger, garlic and green chili in mortar and pestle.
4) Crush them. Alternately use ginger garlic paste and chopped green chili.
5) Heat the oil in a pressure cooker on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds and let them pop. Once they splutter, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
6) Now add whole spices (cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick and dried red chili). Saute for 40-60 seconds. You will get nice aroma of the spices.
7) Now add onion and crushed ginger, garlic, chili.
8) Mix and cook till onion becomes soft and translucent or light pink in color.
9) Now add peanuts
10) and mix.
11) Also add fresh tuvar dana and tomato.
12) Mix and cook for a minute.
13) Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
14) Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
15) Now drain the water for dal-rice mixture and add soaked dal rice.
16) Mix well.
17) Add 2 ½ cups of fresh water and mix.
18) Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on and cook for 3-4 whistles. Then turn off the stove and let the pressure go down by itself, and open the lid. Mix with spatula and serve hot/warm.
While serving, add dollop of ghee on top for the best taste. If you are vegan then skip.
Vaghareli Khichdi Recipe (How to make Gujarati Vaghareli Khichdi)
- ½ cup short grain rice or broken rice
- ½ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 2 Cloves
- 3 Black peppercorns
- 1 inch Cinnamon stick
- 1 Dried red chilies
- 1 small or ½ cup Onion chopped
- ½ inch Ginger
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 Green chili
- 2 tablespoons Peanuts
- 1 medium or ½ cup Tomato chopped
- 1 cup Fresh tuvar dana (Green pigeon peas or lilva)
- Salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons Red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon Cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon Garam masala
- 2 ½ cup Water , for cooking khichdi
- Wash dal, rice combined and soak for 15 minutes. After that discard the soaking water.
- Crush the ginger, garlic and green chili into mortar and pestle. Keep it aside.
Making Vaghareli Khichdi Recipe:
- Heat the oil in a pressure cooker on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds, once they splutter add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
- Then saute in whole spices (cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, dried red chilil) for 40-60 seconds.
- Then mix in onion, crushed ginger, garlic, chili. Cook till onions are soft and translucent.
- Now add peanuts, fresh tuvar dana and tomatoes. Mix well.
- Add spice powders (turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala) along with salt. Mix and cook for a minute.
- Now mix in soaked dal-rice and fresh 2 ½ cups of water.
- Cover with lid, put the weight on and cook for 3-4 whistles on medium heat.
- Then turn off the stove. Once pressure releases naturally, open the lid, mix and serve.