satvik khichdi for ganesh chaturthi | no onion no garlic khichdi

Easy and satvik moong dal khichdi – this is a simple, very easy and satvik khichdi recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi festival. This khichdi is prepared as a naivedyam for lord ganesha and is made using minimal ingredients and spices. This is a no onion no garlic khichdi recipe.

This recipe has been shared by a Maharashtrian friend to me and she makes this recipe on the 1st day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. In their home, they offer this khichdi as a naivedyam or bhog to lord ganesh along with modak….. Modak and ladoos being the most favorite food of lord ganesha.

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moong dal khichdi

Since This is a very basic khichdi recipe with just five ingredients, she has suggested that it is best to make it with ghee… As there are no other flavorings used except for cumin seeds and turmeric. If you are a vegan then substitute the ghee with oil.

As far as taste is concerned, you can make it on any day as it tastes too good. Goes extremely well with a bowl of yogurt.

moong dal khichdi recipe

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Satvik Khichdi

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This easy and satvik Khichdi is prepared as a naivedyam for lord ganesha and is made using minimal ingredients and spices. This is a no onion no garlic khichdi.
moong dal khichdi recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:12 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • ½ cup broken basmati rice or whole rice
  • ½ cup moong dal (split and husked green gram)
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoons ghee or oil, real flavor comes with the ghee as this khichdi has minimal ingredients
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • rock salt or regular salt as required


  • Rinse both the rice and dal together for a couple of times in water.
  • Heat the ghee or oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Crackle the cumin first. Add the turmeric powder and stir.
  • Add the rice and moong dal. Saute for a minute.
  • Add 4 to 4.5 cups water. Season with salt.
  • Stir and then pressure cook for 5-6 whistles till both the rice and moong dal have reached a mashable consistency like a porridge.
  • When the pressure settles down, open the lid and check the khichdi.
  • If its too thick, then add some water and stir well.
  • Keep on sim or low flame to simmer till you get the right consistency.
  • The consistency can be adjusted as per your choice by adding less or more water. Some people prefer thick and some thin consistency.
  • Serve the satvik khichdi with a plain bowl of yogurt or raita.
  • When serving you can add a 1 or 2 tsp of ghee in the serving bowls or plates.


  • This recipe of satvik khichdi has been made in the pressure cooker. If making in a pot, then soak the mung dal and rice for 45 mins to 1 hour. Proceed with the tempering of cumin seeds in the pot. Then add dal and rice. Add about 5 to 6 cups water. Cover and cook till the rice and mung dal are cooked till really soft and of a porridge consistency.
  • Add more water if required if the khichdi becomes lumpy or too thick. Keep on stirring at regular intervals during the entire cooking process.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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23 comments/reviews

  1. Thanks for the recipe we liked it. Just a small thing, I’m a Maharashtrian and we don’t really offer khichdi for prasad or naivedya as we call it for Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganpati bappa is traditionally offered a full naivedya of modaks as rightly put along with rice, dal, vegetables, etc.4 stars

    • thanks snehal. this recipe comes from my friend who offers khichdi to lord ganesha, during ganesh chaturthi festival. the ritual of what kind of food that are offered varies from family to family. personally for me, i offer satvic food i cook with love and devotion during ganesh chaturthi. what finally matters is the devotion & trust you have towards your diety. i do prepare modaks, but along with modak, i also prepare dal, rice or khichdi or veggies based dishes.

  2. hi mam,
    thanks for receipe, when we preparing for naivedyam cn we add salt? i think we should not, plz clarify mam, i need it.

    • anoo, when i prepare naivedyam i add rock salt. you can add salt, but use rock salt.

  3. Helo, I tried dis khichdi today n every1 in my family liked it. Maam I hv a request. Can u plz share vellore’s Sri Narayani golden temple’s khichdi prasad recipe.5 stars

    • thankyou ratna however to match the recipe of this temple would be difficult 🙂

      • Bt still if u ever try that plz do share with us.thnx 🙂

        • sure ratna. i will try 🙂

  4. Thnx mam for your receipe. I am newly married and now I am bengali and wanted to make this khichdi. Your receipe made my day and my husband loved it. Thanx a ton

    • pleased to know this kiran thankyou for trying this satvik khichdi 🙂 and you are always welcome.

  5. Thanks for your recipe. Very easy recipe . Wonderful and delicious yet easy to prepare khichdi ! my daughter is luved this KHICHDI.

    • welcome usha. glad to know this.

  6. I made this exactly as u posted. My mom is very picky about food. I gotta tell you she litrally smacked her bowl 😀 Its an abs hit

    • thanks anusha. good to know this. thanks for sharing your experience.

  7. Very easy recipe4 stars

  8. Very easy recipe and good for patients and small kids

    • thanks anjali

  9. Wonderful and delicious yet easy to prepare khichdi ! Nice clicks dear !

    • thanks sapana

  10. We make this khichdi regularly…did not know its offered as naivedyam.. i dont like khichdi so much but navin loves it.we make it a little more water though:)

    • renu, when i make khichdi for ourself then i add onions and ginger. but when we make the khichdi to offer as naivedyam to lord ganesha or lord krishna or any other god/deiti then we don’t add onions and ginger to it. honestly speaking without onions and garlic also, this khichdi is tasting awesome. must try for this ganesh chaturthi festival.

  11. Very beautiful captures.. yummy 🙂

    • thanks hari chandana