Khichdi is the most common and delicious food in Bihar. It is prepared in many ways according to taste. Generally, Khichdi is made with rice, lentils, vegetables, and spices are added in addition. It is also prepared in earthen pots. This is served with Aloo chokha which is made of smashed boiled potatoes, onion, mustard oil, salt, roasted flakes of red chilies, and roasted jeera. Few people add a few more inclusions in the Saturday special lunch thali with chutney, pakoda, pickle, tilauris-papad, etc. In the winter season, Biharis make Masala khichdi which is made up of rice and dal along with spices, desi ghee, and chopped vegetables like peas, cauliflower, potatoes, tomato, etc. Khichdi is essentially a salty porridge; one of the first solid foods given to infants.
Makar Sankranti celebration is incomplete without Khichdi, as its consumption is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. On many festive occasions, this dish is prepared in the form of a prasad.