725. Buckwheat and Brown Rice Khichdi

November 13, 2017mayurisjikoni
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So comforting

On 4th Nov 918 kg of khichdi sets Guinness World Record. 125kg rice, 45kg moong dal, 6.5kg salt, and several kgs of millet and barley was used to make this khichdi at the World Food Event in New Delhi cooked by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor with the help of a 50 member team. Check details here.

Khichdi very much originates from the Indian Sub Continent. Its basically a mixture of rice and lentils cooked in water with salt and turmeric powder. That’s the basic khichdi that most households cook whether they are poor or rich. Its considered one of the most healthiest food, filling, comforting and nutritious. Depending on the regions khichdi is made with a mixture of different kinds of lentils, rice and other grains like millet, amaranth, barley etc.

If one is sick, a gruel like khichdi is given. Light and yet filling. Old people who have denture problems are given khichdi, babies are given khichdi. Any time is khichdi time, be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I know that the people from Kutch have khichdi (usually a mixture of rice and moong dal, the green variety) in the mornings before heading out to work. They claim that it keeps their tummies full and do not feel lethargic. Khichdis go by many names khichuri, khichu, khechidi, bisi beli bhaat, pongal. Khichdi can be plain with just rice and lentils, or with added spices, or with added vegetables, yogurt, some add meat, eggs etc.

My memories of khichdi is picnics on Sundays with my huge family. My mum would make a huge pot of khichdi (usually a mixture of rice and pigeon pea lentils) along with a potato and brinjal curry, kadhi, roasted papad and pickle. We would take that to Arboretum or any other picnic spot around Nairobi. If we didn’t go to a picnic spot then our verandah near the living room became a picnic spot. But every Sunday was a khichdi day.

Our Patel Community in Mombasa makes one of the most delicious khichdi ever. Tonnes of ghee go into making this khichdi. A vaghar of cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, dried red chilis, mustard seeds and cumin seeds are added to the rice and pigeon pea lentil khichdi. Along with that fried chilis, onion tomato salad, kadhi and potato brinjal curry is served. Everyone looks forward to this delicious lunch.

Are you wondering why I’m raving so much about khichdi? Our #118th theme for FoodieMonday/ Bloghop is Khichdi chosen by Poonam who blogs at Annapurna. Usually whoever has to set the theme, gives us an option of 2-3 themes. Khichdi was practically chosen by all of us. I made khichdi using brown rice, buckwheat groats, and masoor dal. I made it into a one pot meal, adding vegetables and spices. I was really surprised how quickly the buckwheat groat cooks. Buckwheat groat is actually not a grain but is a seed. Its rich in protein, fiber and is gluten free.

Here’s a super healthy, gluten free and nutritious khichdi.

buckwheat groat



image courtesy: Google



Serves 4-6

1 cup masoor dal (split puy lentils)
½ cup buckwheat groat
½ cup brown rice
3 – 3½ cup water
½ cup peas
½ cup diced carrots
½ cup chopped French beans
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup cauliflower florets (small pieces)
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
½ tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
4-6 cloves
1-2 dry red chilis
1-2 small cinnamon sticks
6-8 pepper corns
½ tsp garam masala
¼ tsp asafetida (hing)
1-2 tbsp ghee
1-1½ tsp salt

  1. Mix rice, buckwheat groat and lentils together. Add water, gently rub the mixture, pour out the water. Repeat this 3-4 times. Keep it on the side.
  2. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker over medium heat.
  3. Add cinnamon, cloves, red chili and pepper.
  4. Add mustard and cumin seeds. When they begin to sizzle, add the chopped onions.
  5. Stir fry the onions till it becomes a bit soft.
  6. Add the rest of the vegetables, turmeric powder, garam masala, asafetida, and salt.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add the rice, buckwheat and lentil mixture.
  9. Add water.
  10. Stir well.
  11. Close the lid of the pressure cooker.
  12. Cook the khichdi for 2-3 whistles.
  13. Allow the steam to realize on its own.
  14. Serve hot khichdi with yogurt, pickle, papad or khadi.
  • If you want to cook the khichdi in a pan or pot, then you may need extra water.
  • Use lentils of your choice. Some examples of lentils you can use are chickpea lentils, pigeon pea lentils, moong lentils, Puy lentils or a mixture of all.
  • Can replace the buckwheat with barley or pearl millet. Or replace it with rice.
  • Usually the ratio of rice to lentils for khichdis is 1:1 or ½ :1
You may want to check out other khichdi recipes:
sabudana khichdi
bajri and moong dal khichdi
tuvar dal khichdi
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  • Aruna

    November 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I loved this healthy Khichdi. I have never tasted buckwheat groat and will look for some here.

    I am also craving the traditional Khichdi you described with its ghee and vaghat; not to mention the inviting sides. Let me see what I can do about that.

  • Priya Iyer

    November 14, 2017 at 2:30 am

    So interesting! I've never tried out a khichdi with buckwheat before! 🙂

  • Saswati Hota

    November 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    What a healthy and different version of Khichdi. Buck wheat is normally not available easily here…so have to order from somewhere else.

  • alkajena

    November 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Buckwheat with Khichdi is very interesting , i will try once i have the buckwheat with me

  • I Camp in my Kitchen

    November 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    oh i love khichdi's anytime, and these millets and ancient grain khicdi's are my favorites!
    I have some buckwheat groats with me, would love to try this sometime!!

  • Sapana Behl

    November 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I make buckwheat khichdi every fortnight and totally love it. Looks so comforting and no wonders it set the record.

  • Padmajha PJ

    November 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Very different version of khichdi. And khichdi such a comfort food. And all that ghee adds to the taste too,right!

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    November 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Such a healthy kichadi .. Loved the fact using both buckwheat and brown rice together..

  • Shubha A

    November 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Love this khichdi recipe.. I make khichdi but never with buckwheat.. loved this healthy and nutritious meal. Yummm!!

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    November 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    We love khichdi and I too prepare khichdi with buckwheat and vegetables. such a comfort and soothing meal with dollop of ghee 🙂

  • Uma Srinivas

    November 14, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I make most of the time with broken wheat. They are so healthy and comfort food.

  • Pavani N

    November 15, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Loved reading about your Khichdi Sundays Mayuri and that whole meal with aloo-brinjal curry and kadhi combination sounds amazing. Khichdi looks comforting and delicious.

  • Sujata Roy

    November 15, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Buckwheat khichdi is new to the me. Khichdi looks so inviting. Its not only delicious but healthy too. As always enjoyed reading. Lovely write up.

  • ruchisvegkitchen.com

    November 15, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    What a healthy and nutritious meal… superb.. loved it

  • Soniya saluja

    November 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    This is such a healthy rice dish.. lived the use of Buckwheat! Looks very delicious and healthy

  • Poonam Bachhav

    November 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Never tried a khichdi with buckwheat di.. so innovative..would give it a try soon

  • jayashree

    November 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

    This is a quick fix menu I make sometimes. Your khichdi looks delicious.

  • Shobha

    November 17, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Healthy one pot meal.. my favourite.
    I liked the India picture that you have shared.

  • Preethi Prasad

    November 19, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Buckwheat Kichidi sounds interesting. Bookmarking to try it soon.


    November 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    What a healthy and filling option!Awesome Khichdi!

  • veena krishnakumar

    December 17, 2017 at 11:51 am

    This is new to me. Awesome Khichdi

  • krispykadhai

    February 4, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    you know what's the best part of your recipes?… They are almost unique and divine…:) Loved it!

  • Mallika Bhandary

    February 8, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Khichdi love is big in our house and i am always looking for the different variations! This is so unique! Lovely share!

  • shobhakeshwani

    January 5, 2020 at 3:14 am

    I love khichdi of any kind. This is an interesting combo. Will surely make it soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks Shobha, a good way to include buckwheat in one’s diet.

    2. Vandana

      January 6, 2020 at 5:15 am

      I also love khichdi and can have it daily. We also make buckwheat khichdi at home sometimes. Loved your Sunday khichdi story. Will try making khichdi your way next time. It sounds delicious

      1. mayurisjikoni

        January 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm

        Thank you so much Vandana. I love using buckwheat and make the best of it when available.

  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    January 8, 2020 at 3:24 am

    What a healthy and wholesome version of khichdi. There are so many varieties. This is definitely a dish I need to start making!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 8, 2020 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks Mireille and there are so many variations. Most comforting and filling dish, try it.

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