Ja Dai

After tasting the dessert from Manipur, Lets just hop over to another state, Meghalaya, right here in the North East. As I have mentioned previously, We lived in the neighboring state of Assam for 4 1/2 years. And I can't say I remember ever travelling to Shillong :).

As I understand, this state is also dominated by different tribes and the Khasis are a dominant tribe here. I had tough time looking out for authentic vegetarian recipes for this state as well. But when I saw this article, I thought I can work around the information in that article.

I made this Ja Dai (Ja=Rice, Dai=Dal) and my husband pretty much enjoyed it with Aloo-Gobi, which was a surprise! This is essentially a bland version of Khichdi, so a spicy curry is perfect to enjoy the ginger flavored khichdi. 

Recipe Source - here
Ingredients -

Red Lentils / Masoor Dal handful
Rice 1/2 cup
Salt as needed
Ginger, finely chopped 1 tsp
Onion, chopped 1/4 cup
Oil 2 tsp

Ja Dai

Method Of Preparation -

In a pan, heat oil and saute ginger and onion until the onion is translucent.

Add in the washed red lentils and saute for a minute. Add about 3/4 cup of water and cook until the lentils are cooked al dente. 

I used some leftover cooked rice but traditionally I understand that rice is added to the dal and they are cooked together.

Sprinkle salt as needed and serve with accompaniment of your choice.

Preparation Time 20 min
Serves 1-2
Posted by Harini R on Friday, April 18, 2014


  1. how simple can food be!..it looks so comforting, no wonder your hubby enjoyed it.

  2. Ja dai looks good. I made jadoh and it was a bit bland even though I added chilies to spice it a bit. However, I liked it with the spicy chutney, another Khasi delicacy

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. That's really so simple..I am amazed at how well our friends have interpreted the recipes and have arrived at very tasty sounding dishes..great job yaar..

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Ja dai looks wonderful,simple and quite a different dish. You have done a wonderful job by bringing out Ja dai virtually.

  7. Priya Says:
  8. wonderfully presented ja dai .very tempting

  9. A simple, colorful and healthy basic recipe. Looks yummy!

  10. Anonymous Says:
  11. beautiful presentation dear :) great recipe shared

  12. i love recipes with less ingredients and this is perfect..nice dish

  13. Unknown Says:
  14. man I love this... why did not get such a nice one for Meghalaya!!! looks awesome!!

  15. jayanthi Says:
  16. perfectly done.. simple and tasty dish

  17. Suma Gandlur Says:
  18. Simple and yummy. I love how each grain stands out separately.

  19. Ja Dai looks so nice...

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. That is such a simple dish, may be my kids will like it with some yogurt.

  22. Kalyani Says:
  23. Local khichdi with a twist / cud have it with Raitha and some papad

  24. perfect side dish

  25. Comforting one pot meal,sounds very healthy..

  26. Archana Says:
  27. Wow a simple delicious and healthy one pot meal. No wonder your husband liked it.

  28. Archana Says:
  29. Wow a simple delicious and healthy one pot meal. No wonder your husband liked it.

  30. Unknown Says:
  31. very comforting and delicious ja dai :) tempting me dear !!

  32. Padmajha Says:
  33. The rice and dal combo has turned out so well Harini!

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  40. Kalyani Says:
  41. Hi Harini ! how have u been ? I made this recipe and posted it now with a link back to your post :) thanks for a simple, yet wonderful recipe !

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