Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Masala Prawn Khichri

Masala Prawn Khichri
Jhinga ni Khichri

Khichri/Khichdi/Khichuri is derived from a Sanskrit word simply meaning rice and lentil.

It has many variations and is popularly related to as a comfort food. The texture generally is wet rather than dry, similar to a risotto. It is often seasoned with clarified butter or pure ghee. From the Greeks to the Persians, it was a favourite of the Mughal Emperor Akbar

Egyptians and their neighbours add vegetables to it, while the Indian sub-continent likes to serve it with yogurt or other forms of curries. The people of Maharashtra living on the Arabian Sea however tend to add shrimp to their Khichri.

Healthy and simple, the plain Khichri is generally the first forms of solid food introduced to babies. Being affordable and a complete meal in itself, it is the food of the masses. Many cultures dedicate a meal of Khichri during their week of wedding festivities; yet it is never served at the wedding! 

Serves 6 persons

1 cup finely chopped fried onion
6 green chillies
6 cloves of garlic
a tsp of oil
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp turmeric
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 cinnamon stick
6 cloves
6 whole black pepper corns
2 green cardamom, whole
¼ cup of grated coconut
3 chopped peeled tomatoes
500 gm/1 lb prawns, washed

 ¾ cup rice 
1/4th cup red masoor lentils
1 ¾ cup water


1 raw green mango, peeled, chopped
1/4 tsp brown sugar

In a blender roughly chop together fried onion, green chillies and garlic.
In a deep pot heat oil and quickly saute`the above vegetables with the salt, cumin and turmeric powders and the cinnamon,cloves, black pepper corns and lightly broken cardamom.
Now add the coconut, tomatoes, mango, sugar and finally the prawns.
Mix well and then tip in the  washed rice and lentil. Top it with water giving it a light stir, bring it to a rapid boil. Lower the heat cover and steam for 20 -30 minutes until cooked through. 
Serving accompaniments are pappadum, green mango chutney and yogurt raita.


Traditionally this recipe also has a vegetarian version where the prawns are substituted for 6 ripe small baby mangoes, skin on. The flesh is deep yellow while the skin is thin enough to enjoy. Gently squeezing the mango before adding them will help break down the flesh into pulp and cook more evenly.

Out of season larger mangoes, can be prepared and kept aside for 30 minutes. Peel, cut into chunks and lightly sprinkle with salt, sugar and lemon juice before adding it in. 

If you prefer use 1/2 tsp of garam masala instead of whole spices.




For more Parsi Food recipes read my cookbook The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine.

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Photo Credit Kainaaz Patell and Niloufer Mavalvala


  1. I love Khichri..but Niloufers version is phenominal!!!!! really mouth watering..:)

    1. Thank you Gooli Mama. I am so happy you enjoyed it.