khichdi recipe | dal khichdi recipe | how to make moong dal khichdi recipe

4.5 from 51 votes

moong dal khichdi recipe with step by step photos – delicious one pot comfort meal of rice and moong lentils. nutritious and light on the tummy.

in india, when someone is ill or recovering from illness, then dalia and moong dal khichdi are often served to him/her. even doctors recommend khichdi to patients. in ayurveda, moong is one lentil which is recommended for balancing all three doshas (kapha, pitta & vata). even plain mung dal khichdi sans any seasoning or spices is consumed as part of a detox diet.

khichdi recipe

i already have two more moong dal khichdi recipes on the blog but both are no onion no garlic recipes.

  1. moong dal khichdi recipe made for ganesh chaturthi festival
  2. bengali moong dal khichdi (bhaja muger khichuri) made for durga puja celebrations.

few more delicious khichdi recipes on blog are:

in this moong dal khichdi, onions & tomatoes are added and thats how i make a simple basic khichdi at home on regular days. moong beans are healthy and easy to digest. so when your stomach is upset then it is best to have khichdi. it can also be served to small babies, since it is easy to digest.

unlike other rice based dishes like pulao or biryani, in khichdi the rice grains are not so separate. you can increase or decrease the water quantity to vary the consistency of the mung dal khichdi. usually we prefer a khichdi with a thick porridge consistency. but if you want a slight thinner or soupy consistency, then increase the amount of water.

i usually prepare khichdi in the pressure cooker. if you do not have a pressure cooker, then make the khichdi in the pot. you will have to add some more water when cooking in a pot.

you can serve moong dal khichdi with curd or an accompanying raita or papad. i also like to drizzle some lemon juice on the khichdi and prefer with some finely chopped vegetable salad. also don’t forget to top the khichdi with a spoon of ghee while serving.

moong dal khichdi recipe

khichdi recipe
4.5 from 51 votes

khichdi recipe | dal khichdi recipe | moong dal khichdi recipe

moong dal khichdi recipe - delicious one pot meal of rice and moong lentils. light and easy to digest meal.

course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • ½ cup moong dal (split and husked)
  • ½ cup rice - you can add any rice, regular short or medium grained rice or even basmati
  • 1 small to medium sized onion (pyaaz) - finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato (tamatar) - chopped
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - finely chopped or grated
  • 1 small green mirch (hari mirch) - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 3.5 cups water - for a more thin consistency, add 4 to 4.5 cups water
  • 1.5 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

preparation for khichdi recipe

  1. rinse and wash moong lentils and rice together. 

  2. soak both of them for 30 minutes in water.

making moong dal khichdi

  1. heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil in pressure cooker. add cumin. when cumin splutters then add onions.
  2. saute onions till translucent. no need to make onions light brown or golden brown.
  3. once the onions becomes translucent, then add tomatoes, green chilli and ginger.
  4. stir and add turmeric powder and asafoetida. saute till the tomatoes softens.
  5. drain the rice and moong lentils and add them to the pressure cooker.
  6. stir for a minute. pour with water and season with salt.
  7. close the lid tightly and pressure cook the dal khichdi on a high flame for 6-7 whistles.

  8. if the khichdi becomes too thick, then add some water and stir well.
  9. keep on sim or low flame to simmer the khichdi till you get the right consistency.
  10. the consistency of khichdi can be adjusted as per your choice by adding less or more water. some people prefer thick and some thin consistency.

  11. once the dal khichdi is cooked then top it with ghee while serving. optional step.

  12. serve moong dal khichdi hot with curd (yogurt) and accompanying salad.

recipe video

how to make khichdi recipe

1. rinse and wash ½ cup moong lentils and ½ cup rice together very well. soak both of them together for 30 minutes in water. then drain and keep aside.

soaked moong dal and rice

2. heat 1.5 tbsp ghee or oil in pressure cooker. add ¾ tsp cumin/jeera.

add cumin - making mung dal khichdi recipe

4. when cumin splutters then add finely chopped onions (1 small to medium sized onion). saute onions till translucent. no need to make onions light brown or golden brown.

add onions - making moong dal khichdi recipe

5. once the onions becomes translucent, then add 1 medium sized chopped tomato, 1 small sized chopped green chilli and ½ inch chopped ginger (or grated ginger).

add tomatoes - making moong dal khichdi recipe

6. stir and add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

add spices for making moong dal khichdi recipe

7. saute till the tomatoes softens.

saute tomatoes - preparing moong dal khichdi

8. add the drained rice and moong lentils to the pressure cooker. stir for a minute.

add moong dal and rice

9. add 3.5 cups water – for a more thin consistency, add 4 to 4.5 cups water.

add water to moong dal khichdi

10. add salt as required. stir well.

add salt to moong dal khichdi

11. close the lid tightly and pressure cook the mung dal khichdi on a high flame for 6 to 7 whistles.

pressure cook the moong dal khichdi recipe

12. serve dal khichdi hot. you can top the khichdi with ghee while serving. for more delicious moong dal recipes, you can check this collection of 32 moong dal recipes.

moong dal khichdi


dassana amit
i started in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.

150 thoughts on “khichdi recipe | dal khichdi recipe | how to make moong dal khichdi recipe

  1. Dear Dassanaji,

    Thanks so much for this video and blog.

    Only recently i have started learning cooking. This article of yours inspired me to cook kichdi and followed your instructions. It came out very well. Thanks so much. You have explained everything in minute detail.

    Have thesesmall – may be silly? – questions: 1. You say while heating on cooker, cook on high sim and wait for 6-7 whilstels. Instead, why not cook on low sim and wait for 3 whistles, usually meant for dhal? Of course, it takes more time, but will it affect taste? Would be happy to hear your take on it.

    I did not use cooker as i was eager to see how all that water gets absorbed. I cooked it in a vessel with lid, waited until it becomes solid. Tasted rice and dhal to see that it cooked before putting off the fire.

    Madhurananda (Madhu)

    • thanks madhu. i usually cook dals on medium to high flame as it works best for me. whenever i have tried to cook dals on low flame, i usually get a browned or burnt dal. slow cooking can create a burnt bottom layer. so thats why i always cook dals on medium to high flame. taste in a pressure cooker will be same whether cooked on low or high flame. when dal is cooked in a pot or pan, their taste is different.

      • Thanks Dassanji for the reply. It is good to know that dhal gets burnt when cooked in low flame. Taste is different when cooked in pot? Which is more tasty, in cooker or pot?

        • welcome madhu. cooking lentils in a pot or pan gives a better taste as compared to cooker.

          • Thanks Dassanjee for this observation

            • Welcome Madhu

  2. How to make this with leftover cooked rice?

    • just cook dal first. add oil, sauté all the ingredients. add water as required and cook dal. once the dal is cooked, then add leftover cooked rice. mix well. add water if required and simmer the entire khichdi mixture till its hot. stir at intervals. you can vary the proportion of dal depending on the cooked rice.

  3. Hi Dassana, Thanks for these wonderful recipes. Coming from the south, I had never cooked khichdi before I fell ill last month. It turned out so tasty that I made it for my partner last week. He is from Delhi and did not want me to cook khichdi for him. However, since he tried it, he is a great fan of your khichdi and has asked me to cook it for the second time in a week! The only extra thing I added is a few cloves of garlic. I was new to cooking when I discovered your Website, and have grown a lot since then. If you live in Delhi, my partner and I would like to invite you to our wedding later this year, as you, more than anyone else, has taught me to cook delicious food.

    • Thanks Geetha for this sweet and touching feedback. I am touched with your invitation. I don’t stay in delhi. I would have loved to be a part of your happiness and this new beginning in your life. I wish both of you all the best for your future and a happy and fulfilling married life.

      • Thanks Dassana. My partner also wishes to thank you for getting me interested in cooking! I plan to try your creamy mushroom pasta recipe today. What I like best about your recipes is that you keep complete beginners in mind and provide instructions accordingly.

        • Welcome Geetha. Please convey my thanks and regards to your partner. I am glad to know that the blog inspired your interested in cooking. Thanks to both of you for your sweet comment and gesture.

  4. This is one of the yummiest khichdi i ever had and made. Very well done. God bless you

    • Thanks Shivani for your positive feedback on khichdi and for your best wishes.

  5. Tried moong daal khichadi using pressure cooker, and am super happy and satisfied relishing it!! Thank you very much for this simple yet delicious recipe.

    • Welcome Pooja. Glad to know that you liked moong dal khichdi recipe.

  6. Thanks a lot for making cooking easier.. I’ve tried a lot of your recipes…

    • Welcome Smita. Glad to read your positive feedback.

  7. It’s very lovely recipe😋😋😋😋😋

    • Thanks Monika

  8. this recipe was so tasty I have tried this at home☺😅😊😊😊😊😊😊😀😁😂😃😄
    my sisters and brother loved it.
    today also I am going to make this because I am having cold so with hot khicdi it is good

    • thanks ambika. glad to know that you all liked khichdi recipe.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

    • Welcome David

  10. Hi! Such a simple recipe and easy to follow! Thank you 🙂 turned out really well!

    • Welcome Priya

  11. Tried it .. Loved it !!
    Have tried many khichri recipes before but urs is way yummier than any ghee versions 👌🏼

    • thanks a lot shireen for this lovely feedback 🙂

  12. Being a veggie, I always refer your site for trying something new veg recipes. Tried khichdi today. Turned out very tasty. Simple n easy recipe. My mom in law also enjoyed it. Thanks !

    • Welcome Sunila. Thanks for your positive feedback. Nice to know this.

  13. Simple n tasty recipe.

    • Thanks Sunila

  14. Hi, I’m a big fan of this site, I have cooked many, many recipes from it, and they always turn out reliably delicious. It’s my go-to site for Indian food. Thank you for all the hard work and effort you put into it.

    I was supposed to make this khichdi today, but I got very busy. However, I had already soaked the rice and dal by then. I have put the rice-dal mixture in the fridge overnight so that it doesn’t soak any further. Is this ok? Will my khichdi still be fine tomorrow? Or should I start afresh with new rice-dal mix (and do something else with the one which is already soaked?). Please advise. Thank you.

    • thanks a lot. its fine. you can still make the khichdi tomorrow. no worries. when refrigerated the dal and rice do not get spoiled. they can be used. just drain all the water and then keep the dal & rice in fridge. do not keep with the soaked water.

  15. Hii I tried ur khichdi recipe and it turn out wow,actually my grand mother in law was not well and I was making khichdi for her searching for khichdi recipe saw ur recipe n turn out good thnx alot every one liked it.

    • glad to know this hope your grandma is doing well, thankyou so much.

  16. Made it.It is awesome.Thank you so much for the recipe.
    Can this method be followed for making Split Green Moong Dal or Chilka Moong Dal Khichdi?
    Please do share the recipe of making Khichdi with Split Green Moong Dal.

    • welcome sheeja and thanks for the feedback. you can use the same method for making khichdi with split green moong dal. you will just need to add 1/2 cup more water. i will add the recipe of making khichdi with split green moong dal. i also make one khichdi recipe with whole moong dal. will add this one too.

      • Hello. Pls add the recipe for Khichdi with chilka daal thx!

        • will try to add

  17. Hi…I Hav made this once n my son liked it…so m making it once again tonite

    • glad kejal your son liked the khichdi 🙂 surely make and thankyou.

  18. Many thanks for the recipe.
    Can you tell the time for pressure cooking instead of the whistles?
    My pressure cooker does not whistle…

    Thank you

    • welcome orit. on a medium to high flame should take about 12 minutes.

  19. All your recipes are delicious nd love the way of step by step instructions ur a genius l wud advice to add curry leaves in tadka nd coriander leaves at the end Tis will make khichdi more tasty

    • thanks a lot komal. also thanks for sharing the tips. will try 🙂

  20. Helped me a lot. I tried some for my nutrition practicals. Thanks

    • welcome punam glad our food blog could help you 🙂 and all the best.

  21. Tried it. Loved it

    • thankyou sonali 🙂

  22. Thanks so much! Yummy recipe 😀

    • welcome neha.

  23. Thank you verry much for detailed recipe 🙂
    Turned out super duper hit @ my place. My wife is too much happy with my progress these days in cooking happening only because of your blog.

    • thanks again rohit. your wife is lucky gal 🙂

  24. There was a time i couldn’t even boil an egg, let alone cook. My best friend told me that i was a person who can never have the gift to cook. Well let my bestie come over the next month and i can show her the awesome food i can cook. All thanks to you. Your step by step photos are awesome guide for beginners. Everyday i look for new healthy recipes to cook. Also thanks to all the ppl who comment on your post. They give alternative ways to make it much more healthy.

    • very pleased to know this indu thankyou for your kind, honest and positive words 🙂 god bless you.

  25. I bought a pressure cooker today just to cook this recipe. Delicious, simple recipe!

    Question: Is it supposed to get completely mushy? In India, khichdi always seemed to have solid rice in it. Mine came out in one giant porridge looking thing. Could I be cooking it for too long? My pressure cooker doesn’t have the “whistles” so I cooked it for 30 minutes on high.

    • thanks haley. the consistency can vary from the grains being visible to being completely mushy. for small kids and convalescing people, the consistency is mushy. thus the digestion is easy. 30 minutes is a long time for cooking khichdi in the pressure cooker. you can cook for about 12 to 15 minutes in your pressure cooker.

  26. Hi Dassana, thank you for sharing this recipe. I tried this yesterday. A tasty and comfortable food ?

    • welcome sneha 🙂 and thankyou for your positive feedback.

  27. Great Recipe. It tastes awesome.
    Cooking time is really less. You really ROCK 🙂

    • thankyou so much alfiya 🙂

  28. Thank you soooo much for your yummy recipe.. It’s results yummy…

    • you are welcome mansoor and glad to know this 🙂

  29. Hello Dassana 🙂 Thank you for this lovely recipe it turned out awesome 😛 and yummy. Only I burned out the lower portion of the rice 🙁 Never mind it still tastes lovely.
    I have tried lots of recipes from your site. YOU REALLY ROCK!

    • thankyou harshali 🙂 for your positive words take care next time when you make khichdi. Place them on low heat so the lower portion doesn’t burn. you are always welcome.

  30. Whn ever I am looking fr a recipe ur website is the first I surf… and my search ends thr…. Thank u … fr making the cooking experience so simple and fun

    • hey anuprita 🙂 glad to know this keep having fun while cooking.

  31. Dear Dassana,
    I can’t express how much of an influence you have been in my life. From someone who used to loathe entering the kitchen to an enthusiastic chef, you have been the sole reason for this change. Thank you for the wonderful recipes – each presented so clearly and beautifully. A big thank you and looking forward to more recipes. God bless.

    • thats so good to know sophia. thanks for sharing your experience. means a lot to me 🙂

  32. I tried your moong kichdi recipe,loved simple to make and yet soo yummy.I will try a few more of ur recipes too.thank-you.Lovely site.

    • pleased to know radha you liked the moong dal khichdi recipe. surely try more recipes and keep us updated 🙂

  33. This turned out perfect! Hubby nd i really enjoyed it….thanks for the receipe 🙂 btw this was ur first receipe i tried…lovely…

    • welcome malti. glad to know this. do try some more recipes.

  34. How long would this be cooked on an electric stovetop? I know they have come a long way but those pressure cookers make me a little nervous.

    • jeanne, i don’t know. never tried. you have to keep a check until the water is absorbed and lentil and rice have cooked.

  35. Hi i have tried many of your recepies its simply awesome…..loved this one too. To try anything i simply type the dish name and your name and google it. Thanks for the wonderful recepie. Keep up the work.

    • welcome rashmi. glad to know this.

  36. Awesome. Simple and tasty

  37. I hate khichri. But this one was special because this was the first recipe that i cooked and it was nice actually. So thanks a lot for it. I cooked it when i was alone in my house n i didn’t know anything else to cook. This really helped me. Thank you very much.

    • welcome abhishek. nice to know that you liked khichdi recipe.

  38. It is gud and yummy to eat and very fast to cook i really enjoyed cooking it and eating it

    • thanks samyuktha

  39. Love Dis site. Has de most spot- on recipes. For a first time cook like me, the worlds become easier. Special mention to dassanna amit. Ur recipes never go wrong!! Brilliant n thank u!! 🙂

    • welcome rajalakshmi. thanks a lot for this sweet feedback.

  40. My LO loved it….Thanks a ton!

    • welcome teena

  41. I tried to make it first time today and it was perfectly made. I got a good help from pictures. Thanks and also give some more receipes.

    • welcome nitin. glad to know this.

  42. Thanks. …..

    • welcome renju

  43. Thanks for the beautiful recipe
    now I am trying it first time.
    hope it will full fill my required expectation.

    • welcome babbu.

  44. Just made this tonight… I added a half of a carrot I had laying in the fridge too. This recipe was perfect one pot meal, tasty, and nutritious! Love your blog, recipes, and pics! Thank you for sharing!!

    • welcome rachel. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  45. Hi Dassana thank you for the yummy moong dal khichidi recipe

    • welcome gayathri

  46. I Have tried a few of your recipes and they have turned out very nice. The pictures are very helpful and makes it easy to understand how a dish looks at different stages of cooking.

    • thanks cheryl for sharing positive feedback. glad to know this.

  47. It was yummy ! Thank you for sharing it. ^_^

    • welcome ria

  48. Good informations ,it is useful

  49. Very Tasty. Thank you for the post.

    • welcome shaik

  50. its nutritious and needed to growing children. moreover fast cooking receipe to working mothers. thank u.

    • welcome jhansi. thanks for sharing your feedback.

  51. Very simple recipe n great taste..
    I and my baby liked this ..

    • thanks keerthi

  52. Thanks very useful

    • Welcome I.raisha

  53. This is a lovely, easy to make recipe. As a cooking novice, I have tried many of your recipes and they all have turned out really well! Thank You! 🙂

    • welcome karishma. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

  54. It’s looks nice ,
    I will try this today

    • thanks sanidhya

  55. This recipe looks delicious and sounds easy. I am going to try it out today.

    • thanks rahul

  56. Great. Enjoyed but underestimated water and it burnt but still enjoyed unburnt.

    • thanks ravi. water content needed also depends upon quality of rice also. next time add some more water, if using same brand/quality of rice.

  57. great recipes…….. and so yummy as well.

    • thanks luvin

  58. Hi Dassana,

    What is the ratio of rice and daal you take coz i tried it and results were not satisfactory. I took 1 cup rice and 1 cup Moong daal. Please suggest

    • deepti, i take rice and dal in 50:50 proportion. since you have taken double the rice and dal as mentioned in the recipe. so you have to proportionally increase the ingredients like water and spices.

  59. Hi Dassana,
    Am a big fan of your site and all the recipes I have tried have turned out really good.This kichdi too was really good and made a nice heartwarming meal.Keep up the good work.

    • thanks gladwin for sharing this positive feedback on recipes.

  60. Thanks for ur recipe its yummy dish thans a lot

    • welcome muttu

  61. how can you cook this if you do not have a pressure cooker? Thanks! 🙂

    • cook in a pot or pan.

      • If not using a pressure cooker, how long should it be cooked in a pan? Thanks!

        • will take about 25 to 30 minutes. adjust water accordingly in the pan. better to soak both the rice and mung lentils for 30 minutes. this will make them cook faster.

  62. Thanks! Being a beginner, your recipes are very encouraging & simple to follow. Fingers crossed for the khichdi that is now in the cooker…but slight pressure on me that it turns out fine 😉 Natasha

    • welcome natasha. hope khichdi has turned out good.

  63. I love ur recipes especially dal makhni. Personally i dont like khichdi but as my stomach is upset today so i m left with only this option.. Lets hope it turn out to b yummy so dat i can hav something good to eat today.. Rating 5 star in advance due to pervious experience with dal makhni.

    • thanks jatin for this positive feedback and for rating the recipe. i hope you enjoy the khichdi.

  64. came out excellent.thanks daasana.

    • thanks vimala.

  65. Kids just loved this recipe.. Thanks

    • welcome zita

  66. Thanks a lot…!

    • Is pongal and kichidi is same?

      • kw, they are different dishes.

  67. Great comfort food…I always make this for my daughter when she feels a bit low and feverish.

  68. Yes u r right dassana… my husband’s stomach was severly upset few days back i made moong dal khichdi day n night but was really bimaaron wali khichdi…ginger …tomatoes are a good add ons.. khichdi turns out really delicious… yummy…thnx

    • thanks monika. i have had the bimaron wali khichdi when i was sick and admitted in hospital during my childhood. the way they make khichdi in that, there is no salt, no spice and no oil. one of the most blandest and salt-less khichdi i was served there. in this recipe, ginger adds to the spice and tomatoes give a bit of sourness.

      • Such an easy n yummy recipe. My husband was a little under the weather today and I used this recipe. Served it with curd n salad. He loved it 🙂 thank you Dassana.

        • welcome surina. thanks for the feedback.

      • hiiiii mam the recipes are beautiful and good. very nice posting complete indian recipes.
        I love this site. it is boring time I’ll check ur website and my time going then perfectly good and fresh. have good day mam and all keep new recipes coming. all the best

        • thanks swapnali for sharing this motivating feedback. nice to know that you liked the website so much.

          • thank u very much

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