Split Black Gram Khichadi

Makar Sankranti Special


Hello and welcome to my cozy corner and happy new year everyone. We welcome 2017 with renewed spirits, enthusiasm and a will to make it the best year for us with our efforts and energy. And as this cold month of January is passing by leaving us all cold but happy I would like to involve you in the tradition of India where each year on the 14th of January Makar Sankranti is celebrated by making this urad dal khichadi with all its accompaniments. We bid goodbye to the previous year and welcome our new year with all happiness, hope, spirits and good wishes. This day is the coldest day of the year and from the 14th each day grows longer equal to that of a sesame seed which means that days start to become longer than nights. It’s a wonderful time with the cold breeze all around and is also a great enjoyable time for us as we wear beautiful winter garments, make cappuccinos and enjoy our desi pakoras and write poetry. For me, nothing can surpass the enjoyment I derive from winters which happens to be my favourite season. So let’s know about making this dish. For this, you will need—-


  1. Raw Rice – 200 gms.
  2. Split Black Gram – 200 gms.
  3. Onions – 1.
  4. Ginger Paste – 1 tsp.
  5. Asafoetida – A pinch.
  6. Cumin – 1 tsp.
  7. Bay leaf – 2.
  8. Garam Masala powder-1 tsp
  9. Butter-2 tsp.
  10. Cumin powder-1 tsp.
  11. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  12. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  13. Salt – According to taste.
  14. Cloves, Cardamom and Cinnamon(whole)-2 each.


Step 1

Wash the rice. Roast the split black gram for two minutes until lightly browned. Take a pressure cooker and add some butter. Now add the cumin and when it splutters add onions, asafoetida, bay leaf and fry them for two minutes. Now add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger paste and saute them for two minutes again. Then add cumin powder, red chilly powder,garam masala, turmeric powder and salt and saute all finally for two minutes.

Step 2

Add the roasted dal and rice to the cooker and adding water according to the consistency you want,i.e, either dry or watery close the lid of the cooker and pressure cook for ten minutes. Take care to add enough water to avoid burning.

Our Split Black Gram Khichadi is ready. Serve it with papad, vegetable fritters, sesame or flax seed chutney, curd, and a pickle of your choice. And don’t forget to drop a dollop of ghee in your plate of khichadi to make it super special.

Friends do try this recipe at home. Its very easy to make and a good substitute from your regular meal of rice, dal, and curry. Share your comments and feedback and have a great weekend everyone. Till then, healthy cooking, happy living!!!