Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi

One-pot wholesome meal, this Quinoa Khichdi is a healthier spin on traditional Indian khichdi.

Made with quinoa and lentils, this khichdi is lightly spiced and packed with nutrition.

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bowl of quinoa khichdi with a spoon with a small bowl of yogurt and lemon slice in the background

One-pot meals are my favorite! It is one of the prime reasons I love the instant pot so much. I hate cleaning dishes, I really do so if I can make something in one-pot and have less dishes to clean, there’s nothing like it.

Being an Indian, khichdi has always been my comfort food. Mom always made khichdi when I was not well or when we all felt like eating something simple and wholesome.

However, I make khichdi a lot in my kitchen. I think mom didn’t make it on a regular basis because my brothers hated it. They thought it was bland and boring so if she made khichdi then she had to make something else for them.

But me and sarvesh, we both love it so I make it often. More so, after we are both fed up of eating outside after a vacation or trip.

To change things up a bit, I have been replacing rice with quinoa and making Quinoa Khichdi. This is such a simple meal but one that you will love- that much I can promise.

This Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi 

✓ is healthy, wholesome, one-pot meal

✓ gets done in 30 minutes

✓ packed with protein

✓ vegan and can be made gluten-free by skipping the hing (asafoetida)

Usually for khichdi, we do half rice and half lentils and so I should have followed the same rule with quinoa khichdi as well, however I have used 1:2 ration of quinoa to lentils here.

The reason is that Sarvesh isn’t a huge quinoa fan. So first time, I made the khichdi with half quinoa and half dal, he didn’t like it much. It was too much quinoa for him.

So now I just cut the quantity in half and he likes it way more. In fact I also prefer this version with more dal and less quinoa.

However feel free to do half quinoa and half dal. Totally up to you.

bowl of quinoa khichdi with a spoon in the background along with a bowl of yogurt and some cilantro

I used yellow moong dal (moong dhuli) and masoor dal (red lentils) here, you can use also use only moong dal or only masoor dal.

If you plan to use toor dal, increase the cook time to 7 minutes since it takes little more time to cook than these dals.

This khichdi is really easy to prepare. Once you have chopped everything, it’s just a matter of few minutes to put everything in the pot and then pressure cook.

It’s so good for those days when you want something comforting, filling and without many spices.

Vegetable Quinoa Khichdi

This quinoa khichdi recipe has quite a bit of veggies here- onion, tomato, carrot, peas. 

You can add more like green beans, potatoes, cabbage, even spinach would be great at the end.

I just happen to have few veggies at home when I made this and hence used those.

bowl of quinoa khichdi with a spoon in the background along with a bowl of yogurt and some cilantro

How to Serve The Khichdi

You can eat it as such. But I always prefer eating my khichdi with yogurt. It’s a match made in heaven.

Also some pickle on the side is so good! 

 

Method

1- Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil or ghee and then add the bay leaf and cumin seeds.

Let the seeds sizzle for few seconds and then add the hing and stir.

2- Add the onion, ginger, garlic and cook for 3 minutes until softened.

3- Add the tomato, carrot and frozen peas and stir.

4- Add the moong dal, masoor dal and quinoa.

step by step pictures of making quinoa khichdi in instant pot

5- Also add the turmeric powder and salt.

6- Add water 2 to 2.5 cups. I add 2.5 cups (20 oz) because I prefer little thin khichdi. And it also thickens as it cools down so I like adding 2.5 cups. You may add 2 cups (16 oz) water.

7- Stir everything together and close the pot. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.

Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.

8- Open the lid and add chopped cilantro. Then squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

step by step pictures of making quinoa khichdi in instant pot

Enjoy quinoa khichdi with a side of yogurt or pickle.

a large bowl of quinoa khichdi with a spoon alongside a small plate with more khichdi

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Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi

Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi, one-pot wholesome meal made with quinoa, lentils and veggies! It's nutritious, filling, comforting and good for you!

bowl of quinoa khichdi with a spoon with a small bowl of yogurt and lemon slice in the background
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword quinoa khichdi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 390 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil or ghee, 15 ml
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon hing, asafoetida
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, cut into rounds
  • 1/4 cup green peas, frozen
  • 1/4 cup yellow moong dal (moong dal dhuli), 55 grams, split moong beans
  • 1/4 cup masoor dal, 50 grams, red lentils
  • 1/4 cup quinoa`, 50 grams
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2-2.5 cups water, 16 oz- 20 oz, 2.5 cups if you want thin khichdi
  • chopped cilantro
  • half lemon, juice of

Instructions

  1. Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil or ghee and then add the bay leaf and cumin seeds.

    Let the seeds sizzle for few seconds and then add the hing and stir.

  2. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and cook for 3 minutes until softened.

  3. Add the tomato, carrot and frozen peas and stir.

  4. Add the moong dal, masoor dal and quinoa along with turmeric powder and salt. 

  5. Add water 2 to 2.5 cups. I add 2.5 cups (20 oz) because I prefer little thin khichdi. And it also thickens as it cools down so I like adding 2.5 cups. You may add 2 cups (16 oz) water.

  6. Stir everything together and close the pot. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.

    Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.

  7. Open the lid and add chopped cilantro. Then squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

  8. Enjoy quinoa khichdi with a side of yogurt or pickle.

Recipe Notes

  1. Usually for khichdi we do half-half so half lentils and half quinoa/rice but here I have used more lentils and less quinoa. You can definitely do half-half. If you use 1/2 cup quinoa, do use 2.5 cups water. 
  2. Skip hing or use gluten-free hing to make this khichdi gluten-free.
  3. You can also add veggies like green beans, spinach, cabbage here. 
  4. I have not used any chili powder here as I wanted to keep it super simple. However you can spice it up by adding red chili powder or green chilies as per your taste.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 922mg 38%
Potassium 987mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 19g 76%
Sugars 7g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 133.3%
Vitamin C 31.3%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 31.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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