Vaghareli Khichri

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It is the Ayurvedic detox food.  Khichadi, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled “kitchari” or “khichdi,” has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick and the healthy during special times of Diet Detox & Cleansing.

 Vaghareli Khichri Recipe 


  • 1 Cup rice (barik Surti kolam, basmati)

  • 1 Cup maag/mung OR red masoor daar (red lentils)

  • 2 Cups Water for cooking

  • 5 tsps Ghee or Clarified Butter


  1. Clean and wash both 3 times with water, and keep aside soaked in 2 cups water.

  2. Put the soaked dar/rice in a cooking vessel, add Water and 1 diced tomato, 2 jacket potatoes quartered, 2-3 slit green chillies and put on fire.

  3. In another thick bottomed vaghar vessel, add 1 tblsp pure ghee, add 1 tsp jeera, crackle 1 tsp mustard seeds, add 2 stems of curry patta, 10-12 cloves finely chopped garlic, 2 finely sliced onions, 1 tspn harad, 1/2 tsp hing, 3-4 red kashmir chillies and fry to a nice golden brown crisp Vaghar.

  4. Add this to the cooking dar rice khichri and cook covered on slow fire until soft

    and done. (as we say in parsi gujarati – vavri)

  5. Garnish with freshly cut coriander and eat just by itself or with fried vengna slices (shown above)  or dahi kadhi (shown above), sukka boomla no tarapori patio or Ghee.

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meher kakalia

Feb 2, 2014, 1:14 am

Just seeing this amazing website – an addition to my Jaroo Mehta photocopy! How do you cook the rice dal? With water bit by bit or like a byriani?


Feb 2, 2014, 9:02 am

Meher Kakalia, thanks. Coming from you means so much!

Yes, bit by bit you can check the water. If needed add more, however with 1 cup of rice, use 2 cups of water. The rice and dal are cooked together in the same pot. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

I make this Vaghareli Khichri almost one a week for my family. I cook as above and add the rice and dal in the vaghar. Bring to a full rolling boil, then lower the heat to lowest on your stove. Set timer to 20 minutes and cook khichri covered. Steam should NOT escape. Fluff before serving.


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Oct 10, 2018, 10:00 am

Hi Meher,
Thanks for the compliments. Yes cook the rice and dal together. Like we do in Biryani.
However sometimes, if I do not have time to soak the dal, I cook it first for 10 minutes to soften the dal and then mix the raw rice and dal and cook.
Hope this helps, Rita

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