If you were an Indian mother looking for a suitable meal for your toddler, kitchuri would likely be your choice. it is soft, easily digested and the young ones love the spiced flavor.


1 c rice (basmati rice)
1⁄2 c lentils (red split lentils)
1 onion (medium sized, finely chopped)
2 T ghee (or vegetable oil)
2 t garlic (peeled, grated or half the amount pureed garlic)
1 t ginger (fresh ginger, peeled and grated)
  salt (to taste)
1 pn turmeric (ground or fresh and grated)


  1. Wash rice and lentils. soak for about 10 minutes in water.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan over a low heat. Fry onions, garlic and ginger until golden brown.
  3. Drain the rice and lentil mix and add to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and turmeric.
  4. Pour boiling water to cover by half an inch and get it to a simmer.
  5. Cover and simmer over low heat for 9-15 minutes, until rice and lentils are cooked.
  6. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
Total time
30 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


Not every lentil will do, if you read an Indian recipe, it will probably ask for masoor dal.

Pair kitchuri with kadhi and you have a complete meat free quick meal.

Try kitchuri to give your body a rest from food overload or when you are looking for a quick, easy meal, a perfect example of vegetarian Indian cooking.

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Indian food recipes


This is a dish prepared in Indian since the beginning of their cooking traditions. This recipe is said to be the inspiration for kedgeree, a rice and fish dish very popular in Scotland and England, first as a breakfast dish, now it is just popular.

Why did fish for breakfast became popular in kedgeree? It happened because made sense to eat fish in the morning, when the catch was fresh.