Rajasthani Khichdi With Gatta: Give Your Khichdi A Flavourful Twist By Adding Spicy Gatta Balls
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Khichdi is often considered as an awfully boring dish, many of us consider it all things dull and boring. But if you give your usual khichdi a slight makeover then you may start developing a liking towards this ultimate Indian comfort food too. Take this Rajasthani Gatte Ki Khichdi for instance. 

Rajasthani cuisine is famous for its rich spices and flavours that has now found international acclaim. Most dishes here are made with cereals, pulses and flour instead of vegetables. You may wonder why, but that's simply because Rajasthan being the ‘Dessert State Of India’ has a dry, arid climate with a soil unsuitable for growing most vegetables that you find in slightly more fertile plains. Thus, you will notice less use of vegetables and find more of besan based dishes. Our gatta khichdi, just as the name suggests is prepared with flattened balls of besan that are dunked into a moong dal khichdi that is furthermore infused with spices and kitchen masalas. It is an excellent way to spruce up your khichdi and make it the highlight of your day.

So, tantalize your taste buds with this extra flavourful special khichdi from Rajasthan. Here’s the recipe!


  • 1 bowl of moong-chana dal
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups besan
  • 4 cups water ( for khichdi)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • Half teaspoon asafoetida
  • Two big tablespoons of ghee
  • Coriander leaves ( for garnishing)
  • Pinch of baking soda ( for gatta)
  • Half cup sour curd

Method for preparation-

  • For making gatta, take a big bowl and add besan, sour curd, salt, asafoetida, cumin seeds and half a tablespoon of turmeric and red chili powder into it.
  • Knead a dough using this mixture and roll it into a thin and long dough.
  • Boil the gatta dough in water. Once they start floating up on the top, take them out. Cut small pieces of gatta and keep aside.
  • Now take a pressure cooker, add ghee, zeera and dal into it. Pour the rest of the masalas and a pinch of salt. Cook this for a while.
  • After some time, add water and rice. Cook again on low flame until you hear 2-3 whistles.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add gatta into the pan and shallow fry them. Make sure to sprinkle some salt, turmeric and red chili powder.
  • Mix the fried gatta with rice. Gatta khichdi is ready!

Enjoy eating your Gatta Khichdi with curd and salt.