The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout the parts of India as a way of worshiping the Sun deity. Makar Sankranti is celebrated when the sun makes a transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn. The entire nation of India celebrates it with offerings of sesame seeds, sesame laddus, rice, vegetables, pulses, turmeric, fruits, and other items to the poor. 

Having khichdi is yet another tradition of the festival that is carried out throughout the festivities. People also look out to flying kites and taking a dip in the holy Ganges. Talking about the khichdi tradition, it’s a specialty to cook through an Urad Dal khichdi and also serve an offering to the deity. Here’s an easy recipe to help you make a delicious one at home! 

Easy Guide- 

  • Wash the urad dal and rice separately. 
  • Soak the dal and rice for some time. 
  • In the pressure cooker, add your masalas.
  • Saute the mix for a minute and add the drained dal. 
  • Roast the dal and add the rice with water. 
  • Season the mixture with salt and pressure, cook it, and let it simmer for some time. 

Khichdi is ready!

Try This Delectable Urad Dal Khichdi This Makar Sankranti! Recipe Card

On the special occasion of Makar Sankranti, try this easy to go recipe of Urad Dal khichdi at home!

Total Time :
60 min
Preparation Time :
15 min
Cooking Time :
45 min
Servings :
Cooking Level :
Main Course
Mahima Girotra


  • Urad dal (Black lentil) – ¾ cup
  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Ginger – ½ inch piece
  • Green chilli – 1-2 chopped
  • Hing (Asafoetida) – a pinch
  • Salt – To taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2/3 tsp coriander powder
  • Refined oil – 2tbsp
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2” cinnamon stick
  • 5-6 black peppercorns and 1-2 black cardamom


Step 1
Wash the urad dal and rice separately.
Step 2
Soak the dal for 1 hour and rice for half an hour.
Step 3
In the pressure cooker, add oil, your masalas, cumin seeds, and hing followed by crushed ginger and green chilli.
Step 4
Saute the mix for almost a minute and add the drained dal with salt, red chilli and coriander powder.
Step 5
Roast the dal for 5 minutes, and add the rice with water.
Step 6
Season the mixture with salt and pressure, cook it to 2-3 whistles and let it shimmer for some time.
Step 7

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Khichdi is ready!