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Oct 12, 2008

Moong Dal Kichidi

Moong Dal Kichidi - Salt Pongal
A delicious, healthy and filling rice dish

Kichidi (or Pongali as we call in Telugu) is a staple food in many Indian households. This is usually served as breakfast during weddings too. In our case, we mostly eat this during dinner time. And we like our kichidi to be little spongy and soft, so I add an additional cup of water than the regular 2 cups water for 1 cup of rice. My version is little different than the authentic version.

Let's see the recipe:

  • 1½ cups Rice
  • 1 cup Split Moong Daal (Pesara Pappu, Yellow Lentils)
  • 1 small Tomato
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • A small piece of Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • A handful of Cilantro
  • 3 or 4 small green Chilies
  • 6 cups Water
  • Salt as required
For Seasoning:
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp Black Gram (Senaga Pappu, Chana Dal)
  • ½ tsp Bengal Gram (Minappappu, Urad Dal)
  • Some Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Cashews
  • 1 tsp Oil

  1. Chop tomato, green chilies and ginger into tiny pieces. Keep aside.
  2. Combine rice and moong dal and wash well. To this add the chopped veggies along with black pepper powder + cilantro and add the required water (6 cups) and salt.
  3. Pressure-cook this until 3 whistles. When all the pressure is gone, add seasoning + ghee and mix well.
  4. For seasoning, heat oil in a pan, and add the mustard seeds. When these pop, add the cumin, Bengal, black gram dals along with the curry leaves and cashews and stir until the cashews and dal turn into golden brown in color. Add this seasoning to the cooked kichidi.
  5. Finally add ghee to the kichidi to make it more aromatic and mix well.
  6. Enjoy this kichidi with desired chutney and some papads on side.

Moong Dal Kichidi - Salt Pongal


anudivya said... [Reply]

I love pongal, and yours looks so homely and traditional. With warm cashews on top, you sure do know how to tempt us, don't you?
Thanks so much for the award Uma, and for thinking about me.
I appreciate it :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

Kichdi looks awesome.. never made this way..who doesn't like pongal? yummm

Unknown said... [Reply]

Thanka a lot uma for the award and congrats to you too..
Khichdi looks so tempting..

Unknown said... [Reply]

Kichidi looks yummy...adding tomato new for me... will try..
Congrats on ur award..

Laavanya said... [Reply]

My friend used to make this mild khichdi when i was sick - so soothing.

Congrats on your award dear Uma and thank you so much for passing it onto me.

Sangeeth said... [Reply]

Thanks uma! luved the cashwes on top! drooling girl!

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Looks yummy and tempting.

Cilantro said... [Reply]

Congrats on your award Uma, Love the pic`s. Adding tomato in pongal is new to me.

Vaishali said... [Reply]

The khichdi looks delicious, Uma. Thanks so much for thinking of me for the award: it's very kind of you.

Raks said... [Reply]

Kichidi looks yummy! I hav never tried adding tomatoes...next time i ll try:)

Suganya said... [Reply]

Hi Uma...
This sounds to be a new recipe for me, but i really wanted to try this. Looks so good. Nice pictures....

Congrats on ur award....

Unknown said... [Reply]

first cashews tinesi appudu kichidi sangati chooddam he he hee iam kiding super looks so yummy uma nice entry

sra said... [Reply]

Appetising! And the cashews are the best part!

Cham said... [Reply]

Pongal is my fav break, But never added tomat, it gives a nice color and different taste too, yummy looking, Thanks Dear to pass the Butterfly award, at least these time I tried to acknole! Congrats u deserved it!

Andhra Flavors said... [Reply]

pics chala baavunayi. it looks tempting uma.

Finla said... [Reply]

This looks so good, but have to admit i have never ever had kichidi.

A Kamalika Krishmy said... [Reply]

this is my fav dish at home .. I love it with Avial .. tastes heavenly ..

Thanks for your visit to my blog .

ST said... [Reply]

Khichidi looks super mouthwatering....Congrats on ur award..

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Mouthwatering, wat a awesome click..Congrats on ur award Uma..

Unknown said... [Reply]

Congrats on the award and pongal loooks too good..I dont add tomatoes and ginger though..Interesting variation..

raaji said... [Reply]

Uma.....what to say.....i just cant wait to have it.......my god....so awesome......congrats on the award.....

Meera said... [Reply]

Pongal looks delicious, Uma!!

Usha said... [Reply]

Pongal looks delicious, I never use tomatoes in mine...will give it a try sometime :-)

Ramya Vijaykumar said... [Reply]

I have never added Tomatoes in Pongal shall give ita try next time...

kamala said... [Reply]

Like cham said I too dont add tomatoes to Pongal..Looks Nice Uma..COngrats Uma..That is so sweet of you to think abt me..Thank you da..

Purva Desai said... [Reply]

Khichdi has always been my comfort food, urs looks really rich with cashews on top and drooling too

KonkaniBlogger said... [Reply]

We had Pongal continuosly for lunch the past 2 days. I had never made the authentic way before, so this we fell in love with it and made it over again, ofcourse, with ur cucumber pickle on the side :D..

Sunshinemom said... [Reply]

This is one comfort food I can never get tired of! Tasty and soothing:)

Vibaas said... [Reply]

Hey, i came to pass this award to you and you already have it :-) but, i think u deserve it again :)

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

looks totally yum .. i love khicidi

Nidhi said... [Reply]

Interesting twist of the tadka and the cashewnuts to the otherwise humble Khichdi.

Pavani said... [Reply]

moongal kichidi looks delicious with cashwes topping,thank u very much for u award.Its my first award uma..i dnt have words how to thank u....

Pavani said... [Reply]

thank u a lot for passing the award uma it mean a lot for me ....


Rosie said... [Reply]

Looks SO yummy and very tempting Uma! Congrats on your award sweetie :)

Rosie x

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

hey uma...theres a small treat in my blog for u...collet it soon..i know u have received it...evethough love to give u...ur moong kichidi looks delicious..

mitr_bayarea said... [Reply]


This is a new twist to the usual pongal, very nice.

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Congrats on the award and moong dal kichdi looks tempting.

Indranee Batabyal said... [Reply]

Now this is something to die for:) Lovely khichdi Uma...love the color!

Jaya M said... [Reply]

khichdi looks yum,But I would prefer to make it in a Pot simmering slowly.I am sure cashews add lot of flavor and a good healthy option.
enjoy the award.
hugs and smiles

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