Green peas (ola Vatanyachi) Khichdi

Vatana Khichdi is a very easy and quick rice dish to make. It is traditionally prepared on Janmashtami (an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna) and on the last Saturday of the month of Shravan.

I highly recommend you to try this dish out – it’s delicious and overall, a light meal option!

Here is what you will need:


  • 1 cup  basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 chilli (slit)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 3 cups hot water
  • Freshly scraped coconut & chopped coriander for garnishing

Spices : 

  • 1” pc cinnamon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cumin seeds
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 and a 1/2 tsp goda masala

To begin, wash and soak the rice for 15-20 mins.

Next, heat the pressure cooker and add oil. Once hot, add mustard, cumin seeds, cinnamon, bayleaf. Once this begins to crackle, add curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 mins.

Add ginger, chilli and the rest of the spices and give a quick stir. Next, add rice and the peas and stir well.

Finally, add salt, sugar, ghee and lime juice and add 3 cups of hot water and stir well. Pressure cook the rice for 3 whistles.

Your delicious,quick and easy Olya vatyanachi kichdi is ready to serve. Garnish with fresh coconut and chopped coriander.


Serve with curds, pickle and papad.

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