Saturday, March 2, 2013

Khichda-Hyderabadi Style

What is khichda?
I want to tell you what it is. It’s a combination of lentils and meat, looks like kind of porridge. It is loaded with proteins, carbohydrates and starch.

Khichda is Hyderabadi (India) delicacy and one of my favourite dishes. I do not know the authentic recipe but everyone cook in almost similar way.

Preparation Time: 4-6 hours 
Cooking Time: 1-2 hours
Serves: 8

Split Bengal gram (chana dal)100 gm
Split Black gram Skinless (urad dal)100 gm
Split Green gram Skinless (moong dal)
100 gm
Split Pigeon pea (arhar dal)100 gm
Whole Red Lentils (khada masoor))50 gm
Kidney Beans (tiniest chauli)50 gm
Broken Wheat (Dalia/Goori)200 gm
Rice100 gm
Salt1 tsp
For Mutton:
Mutton                                                         1 1/2 kg
Onions (medium size)4
Tomatoes (chopped)3
Ginger, garlic (paste)2 1/2 tbsp
Garam Masala1 tbsp
Black Cardamom1 tbsp
Bay Leaves 1
Turmeric3/4 tsp
Oil2 cup
Grind to Paste:
Green Chillies12-15
Coconut1 tbsp
For Tempering
Curry leaves 1/4 cup
For Garnishing:
Coriander Leaves
1 cup
Cumin seeds
1/4 cup
Lemon wedges
Mint Leaves
1 Cup

  1. Soak the broken wheat for 6-8 hours in a water or preferably overnight.
  2. Soak all the ingredients from Split Bengal gram to Kidney Beans in a separate bowl for 5-6 hours.
  3. Chop the coriander leaves and keep aside.
  4. Roast the cumin seed and grind it in to fine powders.Keep it for garnishing.
  5. Cut onions length wise in to thin slices.
  6. Heat oil in a medium size pressure cooker, fry 2onion till golden brown.
  7. Take out the fried onions on tissue paper and keep them aside. (Brista)
  8. Now, add other onions in a pressure cooker and cook it until it turns golden brown.
  9. Add bay leaves,cardamom, let it splutter.
  10. Add, ginger garlic paste and saute it for second
  11. Later, add cleaned,washed and strained mutton, 1 tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric and cook it until water evaporates and it starts leaving oil. 
  12. At this stage add paste, remaining salt and turmeric, chopped tomatoes and cook it until oil leaves the mutton. 
  13. Now, add water,close the pressure cooker and cook it on medium flame until meat gets tender or approximately 15minutes. 
  14. In a separate pressure cooker,broken wheat, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric and double the quantity water. (it absorbs water)(approx. 20-30 min on medium flame)
  15. In a separate pressure cooker boil Split Bengal gram,Split Black gram,Split Green gram,Split Pigeon pea,Whole Red Lentils,Kidney Beans,Rice along with adding 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric and water to the surface, boil till it gets tender (approx.12-15 mins)
  16. Take a heavy bottom and large skillet transfer cooked Lentil(dal) mash it slightly and cook for 5 minutes.
  17. Open the lid of boiled broken wheat (dalia) and mash it properly and mix it to the above cooking utensil. Mix it well and cook for 3 minutes.
  18. Check if meat is tender transfers them in to the lentils & wheat mixture.
  19. Adjust water and salt as per your taste. 
  20. On lower heat let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  21. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a small pan add garlic pods and curry leaves, fry till it turn golden brown.
  22. Pour it to the khichda, sprinkle grounded cumins, fried onions.
  23. How to serve: Ladle Khichda in to serving plate, sprinkle grounded cumin seeds,fried onions (Brista)& coriander leaves, and serve with mint leaves and lemon wedges.

  RS Notes :-) 
  • We always cook onion altogether and once it turns brown divide the portion and some use for cooking the mutton and other for decoration(brista).
  • Take proper care while cooking broken wheat, if they run out of water when boiling would turn in to solid or thick ball shape. It could bring the disaster to your khichda.  
  • I've tried to cover every tit-bit of Khichda, even if you have doubt feel free to ask me in comment form.


  1. wow, this looks awesome.
    Can have it anytime.

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  2. Wow that looks delicious, healthy too.

  3. Lovely and delicious recipe.. looks awesome !!

    1. Thanks for dropping here, seeing you after a long time....

  4. i used to have this in india all the time in winter specially. looks awesome and bring back so many memories.

    1. Well, that's good, sometimes flashback is good and it rejuvenates us.

  5. New dish to me.. bookmarked..

    1. Strange! You should try it, one pot meal and healthy too.

  6. Havent tasted this dish yet, sounds wonderful and nutritious.

    1. Really! You have cooked so many dishes, how this one is left ;)
      Thanks for dropping here...

  7. I have tasted this in one of my friend's place.. Looks so delicious and flavorful..
    Seems to be full of nutrition too..

    1. That's good, when you are cooking it :)

  8. i've never had this dish... looks really yummm....

  9. That's a new dish to me. Very appetizing! ;)

    1. Loved your smiley’s...It cheers me up ;)

  10. Hi Rashida, your this dish is something new to me but it look very flavorful and delicious. Very inviting, YUMMY!

    Have a great week ahead.

    1. It means you are going to try it soon... ;)
      Thanks for the lovely comment.

  11. As-salamu-alaikum.

    Kichda is such a comfort food. One can never get bored of this dish, right?

    1. Walaikum Assalam,

      Yup, I always relish khichda.
      Thanks for the comment.

  12. yum yum..dear friend thanks for sharing this tasty recipe :)

  13. this dish is new to me... sounds delicious!
    first time here and fell in love with ur blog.. happy to follow u back :)

  14. Thanks for dropping here, stay healthy :)

  15. Looks like one flavorful curry, book-marking it... thanks for visiting me dear and so happy to follow you here...

  16. Wow yummy....... my favorite dish.

  17. Anonymous24/6/14 16:27

    It would be better and easier if u mention the measurement of ingredients. JazakAllah khair

    1. Hi,
      sorry for replaying late,
      If u notices all the measurements are given, pleases have a look again. :)


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