Sunday, 6 February 2022

Veggie Rice with Lentils- Chuti Khichdi



Rice is a staple ingredient in my pantry. It can be cooked in so many different ways
This delicious one pot veggie rice with lentils also known in Gujarati cuisine as Chuti Khichdi is really flavorsome and is packed with lots of veggies and lentils to make it healthy and perfect to serve with raita, I make this often when I want comfort food or I am in a hurry where I only need to cook one dish that is a complete meal on its own.


What is Chuti Khichdi?


Khichdi is savoury rice porridge usually made with short grain rice and moong dhal (lentils) and flavoured with spices. Often a mixture of vegetables are added to it to make it a complete meal. It is fairly gluninous in texture due to the use of the short grain rice. Chuti Khichdi is slightly different, it is made with long grain rice and the rice grains are separate more like a pilaf. In Gujarat, the rice is commonly mixed with Tuver Dhal (split pidgeon peas) and cooked with diced vegetables and spices. Again this is one pot meal that is just delicious with a Cucumber Raita, some pickle and pappodams.

What Vegetables can you add to this Chuti Khichdi?


You can add any seasonal vegetables but they work better if they are all cut in the same size.

What is a one pot meal?


One pot meals are dishes that are a complete meal in them selves. They don't need any other accompaniments. These dishes are time saving and great when you want a healthy and nutritious dish in a hurry.

Some examples of one pot dishes are:


Achari Khichdi

Chinese style fried rice

Cheesy Pasta Bake

Aubergine Bake

Dietary Tips:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan (Can be vegan if you omit the Ghee)
  • Gluten Free


Cooking Tips


To get perfectly cooked Rice use a ratio of 1-2 of rice and water. I always recommend using a shallow non stick pan with a lid to cook my rice dishes.






I used this Zyliss Cook Ultimate Pro Saute Pan which is made from hard anodized aluminium. This Swiss engineered pan has an alpine crystals non stick coating that is 8 times times tougher than any standard coating ensuring that nothing sticks. The pan heats up fast and ensures an even heat so that all food gets cooked evenly. the pan can be used on induction, gas, oven and is dishwasher safe too making it an excellent addition to any kitchen. You can purchase it from Zyliss.



Some tips when cooking the perfect khichdi:

  • Soak the rice and dhal this is a very important step.
  • Saute the onions before adding any thing else as they need to be soft.
  • Saute the rice and dhal to get a nice even coat of oil on them.


  • Once all the ingredients are added, add hot water to the rice and bring to a simmer.
  • Once water is simmering, cover and cook the khichdi. Do not open the lid during this cooking process.
  • Adding ghee during serving enhances the taste however to make the dish vegan you can omit it.


What type of lentils can you use?


I always favour Tuver dhal - pidgeon peas dhal, however you can use moong dhal, masoor dhal or even channa dhal in this recipe.







You can watch a step by step video of this recipe on my you tube channel:



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127 comments:

  1. the chuti khichdi with the addition of ghee, spices and loads of veggies, and esp the 'khila, khila' texture would be so welcome at home!

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  2. This sounds amazing, I do love savoury rice. I have never heard of cluster beans before but intrigued to try them

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  3. I love one pot dishes as they are super easy and less cleaning. I have not made Chuti Khichdi before but love how it looks. Can't wait to try making this

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  4. Love the recipe for veggie rice with lentils. I’m going to give it a go.

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  5. Love the recipe for veggie rice with lentils. I’m going to give it a go.

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  6. Love the recipe for veggie rice with lentils. I’m going to give it a go.

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  7. We have a very old wok I could not live without.

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  8. I love rice/veggie mixes - this pan looks ideal for making them

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  9. My favourite pann is my dutch oven - great for on the hob or in the oven

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  10. My favourite pan is definitely my massive 5ltr soup pan! I love batch cooking and it is perfect!

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  11. My 3 tier steamer is my favourite pan.

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  12. My small circulon frying pan

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  13. Mark Fridlington7 February 2022 at 21:17

    My frying pan is essential, because I can cook or fry so many different foods using it.

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  14. My favourite pan is a massive cooking pan. I get get enough in it to feed the whole family

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  15. My Le Creuset casserole dish.

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  16. I know what pan I dont like the saucepan that the handle gets hot I grabbed it the other day and burnt all my hand its now been thrown out.My favourite pan is my non stick frying pan

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  17. My frying pans don't have lids so I rarely use them. Instead, I use my largest pan (we call them pots where I was raised) the most as it is perfect for boiling, sauteeing, stewing, soups etc. A capacious frying pan with a lid like this one would be used a lot!

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  18. I have a favourite frying pan which is larger than average and is my go to pan as you can cook more in it at once.

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  19. I have a lovely big non stick pan which is great for so many things

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  20. Charlotte isobelle8 February 2022 at 10:06

    I love my griddle pan for cooking steak.

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  21. I love my big wok! Makes it so much easier bulk cooking

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  22. My fiance is working away a bit so I've been able to make a lot more dishes for myself that he wouldn't normally eat, and this may have to make the list as it looks so yummy x

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  23. My stock pot is my favourite pan. I love to try this Veggie Rice with Lentils recipe - my family would love this.

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  24. My favourite is my extra large saucepan because it is so handy!

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  25. This sounds new to me! Reading it has different spices makes me want to try some!

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  26. Love the recipe for veggie rice with lentils

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  27. I have a very large glass lidded saute pan that i love to use for big family dinners...

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  28. That rice looks delicious - mine always ends up gloopy!

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  29. i was given a stove top pressure cooker as a wedding present over 30 years ago and its handle has fallen off and the pressure valve thing is lost, so it’s basically just a pan with a hole in the lid but it’s my favourite thing to cook in because it’s solid and it doesn’t stick and it distributes the heat really evenly.

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  30. My favourite pan is a medium sized stainless steel pan with a lid that my Granny gave me, it is over 20 years old, I use it for everything it makes the best fluffy potatoes.

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  31. My favoutite pan is my Tefal non stick frying pan

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  32. I have a special wok, I guess that is my favourite pan as I use it often

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  33. my large frying pan as I use it for so many different dishes

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  34. My favourite pan would have to be my very aged wok. We've been through some times together - good and bad!

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  35. I like one pan recipes and I do eat a lot of rice, so this would be a perfect quick dinner for me. I like that you are using so many veggies, making it full of vitamins. I'd love to win that pan, I do need a good quality one that doesn't stick :)

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  36. Fab giveaway, saute pans are so versatile!

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  37. I would like to try the veggie rice with lentils recipe

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  38. My ancient frying pan which is hopefully replaced by one of these

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  39. I love our Wok its very versatile and handy!

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  40. My favourite pan is a huge, old fashioned, cast iron frying pan that used to belong to my Grandmother, then my Mum. It's amazing for anything fried

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  41. This wok we have with a glass lid. It's used almost daily at this point.

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  42. This looks delicious! My OH is not much of a fan of lentils, but this looks so tasty I might be able to persuade him to try some!

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  43. I'm afraid my favourite pan is our frying pan! I go for taste.

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  44. Delicious one pot meal and healthy too as it has so many vegetables added to it. One of our favourites.

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  45. A griddle pan with three sections, I won it in a comp

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  46. I've never heard of this brand before - sounds good! I treated myself to a large new pan at Christmas which I've found handy when making larger quantities of food so that is my current favourite saucepan. It was from procook as so far seems good quality.

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  47. My 3 tier steamer - so versatile - keeps vits and flavour too

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  48. this looks delicious I often do a savoury veg and rice dish which is fab but never thought about adding lentils

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  49. Such a delicious one pot meal. I love the cooking area this pot has, really useful to make larger quantities of meals too.

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  50. This looks really good and right up my street.

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  51. This is such a gorgeous colourful dish, definitely something which the whole family would enjoy.

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  52. Tefal non stick frying pan

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  53. My frying pan is my best friend with so many uses

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  54. My very large wok which I use so much to make stir fries, currys etc.

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  55. Feeling very hungry after reading your delicious recipe!

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  56. I use a wide range of pans in the kitchen. We have one non stick pan that's the general favourite, but it doesn't sound as good as this one!

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  57. Great for one pan cooking ( less washing up always good).With having lid on keeps in the moisture too! What's not to like?

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  58. I love my pasta saucepan as it's really handy for all different types of food that need draining after cooking, especially potatoes.

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  59. Used to love this before I went keto. Trying to make it at home with "cauliflower rice" so thanks for the recipe!

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  60. This sounds absolutely delicious! I am going to be giving this a go - I haven't tried a new rice dish in quite some time!

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  61. Our main saucepan is used all the time

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  62. I love my paella pan

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  63. I have a large pan that is great for batch cooking.

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  64. My Jamie Oliver heavy deep frying pan but I use for one pot cooks, curry’s etc

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  65. My favourite pan is my frying pan for bacon!

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  66. Love our wok, it's used for stir frys more often then not!

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  67. We have a procook elite casserole pan, which I love. The non-stick surface is of such a high quality.

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  68. my frying pan, trusty, non stick and always reliable!

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  69. My big wok type pan - its so non stick.

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  70. My wok is my favourite, we use it for everything!

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  71. I like using my wok as it is so versatile x

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  72. My Stellar saucepan

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  73. Has to be my 3 tier steamer for me

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  74. Looks a lovely tasty dish and all in one pot too

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  75. You cant beat one pot recipes especially as I live alone. I generally make the recipe for two and have the second one the next day. It helps save on fuel less washing up and all the flavour goes into the dish.

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  76. I like my wok as it's large and cooks well!

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  77. I love my beautiful red wok, I make a lot of stir-frys with it

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  78. My favourite is my seasoned cast iron skillet. Noone else is allowed to touch it!

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  79. My big frying pan is my favourite

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  80. My frying pan because I can make so many different meals in this!

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  81. A small, heeavy duty pan that's big enough to cook a small portion of veg. It cooks perfectly.

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  82. My smallest pan of a set of three is my favourite, it's so useful :)

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  83. My small non stick omelette pan x

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  84. I really like my frying pan the best

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  85. It got to be my frying pan which I most of my big cooks with.

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  86. I love my large frying pan as it is versatile

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  87. Thanks for sharing this recipe, one pot cooking is so sensible!

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  88. Our slow cooker is a firm favourite as it can make stock and casseroles by just throwing ingredients together.

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  89. I love my little saucepan, it's great for making little lunches now I'm working from home xx

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  90. My paella pan! It rarely gets used for paella but it's great for things like stir fries..etc too, and it really is non-stick

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  91. My big wok love it use it for all sorts

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  92. Looks yummy! Cant wait to try

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  93. My pressure cooker is my favourite pan

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  94. My sauté pan, but it's seen better days...

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  95. My favourite is a Le Creuset casserole dish

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  96. I have a great frying pan which is my favourite.

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  97. I have a large wok which gets a lot of use.

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  98. I've a medium sized saucepan with lid that I also use as a frying pan as it's not too deep. It has only small handles so fits more easily into the dishwasher, which is always a bonus.

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  99. I love my lidded small frying pan that can go in the oven too. I use it alot for making spanish tortillas to use up our chickens eggs and homegrown potatoes

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  100. Wonder if this would be good for making cauliflower rice in, looks great anyway.

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