Masoor Dal Khichuri

Masoor Dal Khichuri is one of the ultimate Bengali comfort foods, especially during the winter season. It is a healthy mix of masoor dal and basmati rice, flavoured with various spices.


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups red lentils/ masoor dal
  • Mustard oil
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste
  • Green chilli
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons roasted cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and roast lentils for 5 minutes. Add rice and stir.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and sauté cumin seeds, bay leaf, tomato, green chillies, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt.
  3. Pour this into the pressure cooker, add 1 cup of water and pressure cook till the rice and lentils become mushy.
  4. Add chopped cilantro and the garam masala powder.
  5. Serve Masoor Dal Khichuri with pickle.

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