Monday, April 4, 2011

Red Basmati Rice Khichdri

A couple of  weeks back my husband got a new variety of rice called red basmati rice from the Indian stores. This rice is a product of Srilanka. But we could also get this kind of rice at Whole Foods market. Red basmati rice is considered as an aromatic rice. Similar to the brown rice this rice takes long time to cook and the rice slightly splits when its cooked.. It takes about 45 minutes to cook 1 cup of rice in a rice cooker. It resembles cooked wild rice and has an aroma  reminiscent of popcorn. This rice is also rich in dietry fibre. We both started liking the rice and started making it for our regular lunch. Last week I tried making Khichri and it came out really well.

Red Basmati Rice- 1/2 cup
toor dal- 1/4 cup
Mixed vegetables- one cup (carrot, string beans, peas, potatoes, corn)
Tomato (chopped)- 1
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
corriander powder- 1 tsp
cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
chilli powder- 1- 1/2 tsp (accoding to spice level)
grated ginger 1 tsp
garam masala- 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
coriander leaves (cilantro)- 1 tbsp , chopped (to garnish)

mustard seed- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds(jeera)- 1tsp
curry leaves- 1 string
asafoetida- 2 pinch
ghee- 2 tsp

  • Wash the dal and rice. In a vessel boil 3 cups of water. Add the rice, dal and turmeric powder and cook them on a medium flame. 
  • When the rice and dal gets half cooked add the mixed veggies, tomato, corriander powder cumin powder, tomatoes, salt, ginger, chilli powder and aloow it to cook on a medium flame. 
  • Stir the khichri in between to make sure that the ingredients at the bottom of the vessel doesn't get burnt. 
  • When the rice gets 75% cooked add the garam masala and continue to cook on a medium flame.  Add 1/2 cup of water if necessary.
  • When the rice and dal along with the mixed veggies get cooked fully, turn off the heat. 
  • In a small wok heat some ghee add mustard, cumin seeds. When the mustard cracks add hing and curry leaves and pour the seasoning on the khichri. Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves(cilantro)
  • Serve hot khichri with pickle and yogurt.(curd).


  1. I think I should drop by your place to have all these delicious meals ;)

  2. Khichri looks inviting, perfect comfort food !
    Loved the red rice....I use brown basmati regularly but never red basmati, sounds intriguing.

  3. Very nice ! Looks so basmati sounds interesting:)

  4. khichri is always rice must be so pretty..

  5. Never tried red basmati.The Kichadi looks so colorful and comforting.

  6. Looks delicious, lovely comfort food:)

  7. Delicious and comfort food. I bought brown basmati rice though

  8. @ Divya.. You are welcome anytime...
    Thank you all for your wonderful comments

  9. healthy delicious kichadi looks wonderful

  10. I've never heard or tried red basmati rice before..sounds interesting and delightful..

  11. It looks very healthy and nice! Interesting dish.

  12. Never heard of red rice before..Looks pretty! Delicious rice khichdi..

  13. Kichadi is my all time fav..looks delicious!!

  14. Kichdri looks so deliciousand healthy.
    Comfort meal!

  15. I have also recent tried this as the guy who runs the Indian Shop suggested it as an alternative to brown basmati, it only take 12-15 minutes (depending on your microwave) in a tupperware microwave rice cooker. Yummy


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