Moong Dal Khichdi

4.84 from 18 votes

Moong Dal Khichdi is a healthy and comforting meal made with rice and lentils. It's lightly seasoned and good for you!

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Moong Dal Khichdi is a complete meal in itself. Made with rice and lentils, khichdi is healthy, wholesome and good for you! This recipe is also gluten-free. It can be made vegan by replacing the ghee with oil.

Serve this moong dal khichdi with a dollop of ghee on top and yogurt & pickle on the side!

Moong Dal Khichdi

Sometimes I share on this blog things that I couldn’t have even thought of sharing when I first started the blog. I mean who shares khichdi recipe? Not me! would have been my straight answer few years back.

For those unaware, khichdi is a complete meal made with rice and lentils which are pressure cooked together and in India it’s synonyms with illness. I mean if you are ill, you eat khichdi! Usually the simple khichdi is made using only rice, lentil (usually moong dal since it’s very light on the stomach) salt and turmeric.

It’s served with little ghee on top and with side of yogurt. It’s very easy on your stomach and that’s what mom made us whenever we were down with fever or stomach ache or whatever.

Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe

It’s also one of those things which most Indian students learn to cook when they leave the country. Every Indian students carries with them a pressure cooker and is always told by their mom to make khichdi if nothing else. You just add rice and dal and water and pressure cook. Can’t get simpler that that right? Wrong!

It becomes all wrong when you have no idea on how to go about it! I never thought I should share such basic recipes on the blog but once I was telling my younger cousin this recipe where I told her “so you add boiled potatoes to this” and she goes like “but how do we boil potatoes” ! Point, I thought!

I mean for someone who has never cooked obviously boiling potato is also not easy, forget about making khichdi! So I hope this post will help those students or newbies who want to learn how to make simple moong dal khichdi. It’s wholesome, easy and good for you!

Khichdi

How to Make Khichdi

Khichdi is made in different ways in different parts of the country. The place I belong to, it’s made like a porridge. So we add extra water with rice and dal and cook it to a porridge like consistency.

In some parts of the country, it’s made almost like a pulao, so if you want your khichdi like that, add only double the amount of water, I added around 4 times.

Also different lentils can be used in khichdi, the most common one in my home is moong dal. It’s actually the most easily digestible dal and so used in khichdi.

The funny thing is that since khichdi is generally assumed to be bland and boring, people don’t really like it. I know my brothers would never eat it unless and until they were ill!

Luckily me and hubby love it, so I make it whenever we want to eat something light and homemade. Hope you guys like this simple Indian recipe.

 

Method

Take 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup moong dal in a bowl.

Soak it in enough water for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, drain the water and set aside.

Add the rice and dal to a pressure cooker and add around 3.5 to 4 cups water. Add salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida and pressure cook on high heat for 5-6 whistles. The rice and dal will cook and be very soft and mushy, set aside.

Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe-Step-1

To another pan on meidum heat, add ghee and oil. You may use only oil to keep it vegan.

Once the oil & ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Wait till cumin seeds start sizzling and mustard seeds pop up.

Add chopped ginger and green chili. Saute for 30 seconds or so or till ginger starts turning light golden brown in color.
Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe-Step-2

Add chopped tomatoes and green peas. Cook for 2 minutes, you don’t want the tomatoes to get too mushy.

Add the cooked rice and dal to the pan.

Mix till well combined, add salt and adjust to taste. Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe-Step-3

Garnish with cilantro and serve the moong dal khichdi with some extra ghee on top. Also it’s usually served with some papad, achar (pickle) and yogurt on the side.

Khichdi Recipe

Moong Dal Khichdi

4.84 from 18 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 3
Moong Dal Khichdi is a healthy and comforting meal made with rice and lentils. It's lightly seasoned and good for you!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup moong dal I used moong dal dhuli
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hing powder also know as asafoetida

Tempering

  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Take 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup moong dal in a bowl.
  • Soak it in enough water for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, drain the water and set aside.
  • Add the rice and dal to a pressure cooker and add around 3.5 to 4 cups water.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida and pressure cook on high heat for 5- whistles.
  • The rice and dal will cook and be very soft and mushy, set aside.
  • To another pan on meidum heat, add ghee and oil. You may use only oil to keep it vegan.
  • Once the oil & ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Wait till cumin seeds start sizzling and mustard seeds pop up.
  • Add chopped ginger and green chili. Saute for 30 seconds or so or till the ginger starts turning light golden brown in color.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and green peas. Cook for 2 minutes, you don't want the tomatoes to get too mushy.
  • Add the cooked rice and dal to the pan.
  • Mix till well combined, add salt and adjust to taste.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve the moong dal khichdi with some extra ghee on top. Also it's usually served with some papad, achar (pickle) and yogurt on the side.

Notes

  1. Use only 2 cups of water if you want a more pilaf/pulao like consistency for your khichdi. This recipe is for a porridge like khichdi.
  2. You may use other veggies in the khichdi like spinach, carrots, onion.
  3. To make it vegan, simply skip the ghee and use oil only.
  4. The khichdi tastes best when it's warm. It will become thick once you keep it inside the refrigerator. Simply add more water and little salt and bring it to a desired consistency when heating it up again.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 832mg, Potassium: 467mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 435IU, Vitamin C: 13.7mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 3.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
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53 Comments

  1. Thank you for this .. it’s a great recipe to cook for me and my daughter when the wife isn’t at home. One thing.. does it matter if we use canned tomatoes and coo it with the peas . A lot of the times we are short of fresh tomatoes (heavily used in our home) and have canned tomatoes in the pantry.

  2. 5 stars
    Very good! I didn’t expect it to be so tasty. I didn’t have any green peas so I added sliced okura and instead of moong dal I used red lentils. I guess it is very versatile dish. Thank you Manali for sharing this recipe. For people like me who are not very familiar with Indian food, simple recipes are the best to start with. Thank you! ♡

    1. per serving and this is only an estimate calculated automatically by a recipe plugin. please refer to a nutritionist for accurate information.

  3. I would like to try this recipe, but I do not have a pressure cooker. I do have an instant pot, but I don’t know how to convert 5-whistles to the time in the instant pot. Do you have any advice for how to prepare this using an instant pot instead? Thank you

    1. soak the dal overnight and then cook in a pan until it is cooked. That will take 20 minutes I believe if you have soaked it overnight.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi! This turned out really good! I was going to make my boring old kichidi and found this alternate. It’s just different enough. My picky daughter even said “This is really good!”

    I followed the recipe precisely, but added 1/2 cup of potato/carrot to this, and used 4 cups water. It is definitely creamy. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. 5 stars
    This is the best kichdi recipe I have tried. The aroma resulting from combining the sautéed ingredients with the rice and moong daal was very nice and it was very tasty. I cooked the rice and moong daal just like I do rice using 4 cups of water. Next time I will use more onion and a little fewer peas. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    I put around 3 cups of water and got the consistency I wanted. I also added til and coarsely ground pepper in the tempering. Thank you Manali, God bless!

  7. 5 stars
    I am one of those people who only eat khichdi when they are sick. I followed your recipe and I was so happy that I did! Really simple and tasty.

  8. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Thank you so much! One thing I would like to add to the recipe is 1/2 tsp ground black pepper. It has been proven to significantly enhance the bioavailability (absorption) of turmeric. This can be very beneficial while fighting illnesses by utilizing the full medicinal properties of turmeric.

  9. Oh if only talking taste? But think about next morning wash room trip early after having Moong Khichhrhi a night before. I have not seen any medication doing wonders as this khichhrhi.

    1. Follow all the steps as is and cook on stove top until done, it will just take more time probably around 20 minutes. This is moong dal, it cooks pretty quickly so stove top shouldn’t be a problem!

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Manali,
    I made noodles today for school lunch . Followed the recipe to the T and most of the time things don’t turn out well even when i follow exact steps but the noodles turned out too good . My kids liked it .

    Same with khichdi so trying out your recipe and will keep you posted.

    Thanks
    Aparna

  11. 4 stars
    Khichdi is my boyfriends favorite dish bur he likes it with potatoes added. How would you recommend I add and how much?

    1. Hi Cindy! You can add 1-2 medium potatoes..I would boil them with the rice and lentil..or you can boil them separately and then add them while doing the tadka/tempering! Hope this helps!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this recipe tonight and it’s soooo delicious that I had to comment too.The flavours were awesome, just like eating from a good veg restaurant in India. My daughter thought it was the perfect comfort food as well. Really delicious, wonderful balance of flavours and super easy. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. nice recipe thanks for sharing. it’s a really helpful for me. Khichdi is a very tasty and healthy food.

  14. I’ve never had this before, but it looks delicious! I love all of the yummy spices and flavors you’ve added! I know it must taste amazing!

  15. Yum – this looks fantastic Manali! Never had the dish before but it sounds delicious. Perfect comfort food. 🙂

  16. I know what I’m making the next time I’m feeling under the weather! This looks so warm and comforting. Love it!

  17. Well I’m glad you decided to share recipes you never thought you’d share, because this dish looks comforting and delicious! I’ve never had khichdi before, but the flavors in here sound amazing, Manali! I’ll take a vat please! 😉 Cheers, dear!

  18. Okay, you’ve convinced me to give this a try! I don’t make Indian food often enough and this seriously looks SO good, Manali! Perfect Monday food!

  19. Wow, this dal looks amazing Manali! So many delicious flavours and spices. I love dal so much, I can’t wait to try this!

  20. I would love to eat this when I’m sick, or any other time for that matter! ? This looks way better than anything I’ve ever had when I don’t feel well. This looks so wholesome and tasty!

  21. I’m not familiar with khichdi, but it sounds like a super delicious and comforting dish, Manali. I’m digging all of those flavors for sure! 🙂

  22. I love how creamy this dish looks, Manali! Sounds so flavorful, and I love that it’s healthier, too!