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

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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.

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.

suggestions for making khichdi recipe

  • 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 moong 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 dal khichdi in the pot. you will have to add some more water when cooking in a pot.
  • you can also add mix veggies to the khichdi recipe. i have already shared masala khichdi where mixed vegetables are added. you can add vegetables like green peas, potatoes, carrots, beans, cauliflower, capsicum and brinjal.
  • if making dal khichdi for small kids then you can skip or reduce the spices. also skip adding green chilli.
  • ghee gives a better flavor in khichdi than the oil.

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.

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khichdi recipe

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
4.62 from 60 votes
khichdi recipe
moong dal khichdi is delicious one pot meal of rice and moong lentils. khichdi is light and easy to digest meal.

INGREDIENTS FOR khichdi recipe

(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 khichdi recipe

preparation for khichdi recipe

  • rinse and wash moong lentils and rice together. 
  • soak both of them for 30 minutes in water.

making khichdi

  • heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil in pressure cooker. add cumin. when cumin splutters then add onions.
  • saute onions till translucent. no need to make onions light brown or golden brown.
  • once the onions become translucent, then add tomatoes, green chilli and ginger.
  • stir and add turmeric powder and asafoetida. saute till the tomatoes softens.
  • drain the rice and moong lentils and add them to the pressure cooker.
  • stir for a minute. pour with water and season with salt.

cooking khichdi

  • close the lid tightly and pressure cook the dal khichdi on a high flame for 6-7 whistles.
  • if the khichdi becomes too thick, then add some water and stir well.
  • keep on sim or low flame to simmer the khichdi till you get the right consistency.
  • 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.
  • once the dal khichdi is cooked then top it with ghee while serving. optional step.
  • serve moong dal khichdi hot with curd (yogurt) and accompanying salad.


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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 become 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 soften.

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.

moong dal khichdi



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162 comments/reviews

  1. It was really tasty. Thanks. I only altered the dhal to rice ratio. I made it with 1/4 cup dhal to 1/2 cup rice.

  2. I have tried this recipe twice so far. Thanks for sharing an easy and different way to make this simple yet delicious dal khichdi.

  3. I prefer to add cinnamon, cloves, 1 black cardamom & bay leaf too to the list of spices to make it more aromatic, in the khichdi I cook. To make it healthier I add any other vegetable available like peas & and a potatoes cut in small cubes so that they cook well and get mashed. Thank You!

    • thanks for sharing the suggestion ketan. yes whole spices can be added. i have also shared a mix vegetable khichdi recipe which is similar to your method, where i add whole spices and mix vegetables.

  4. Delicious easy recipe and the kids loved it too! I topped it with some fried garlic slices and added a squeeze of lemon juice. Thank you.

  5. Hello Dassana, thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes!! They are really yummy and well explained by you!! I wish you had a non-vegetarian recipes of India site too!! God bless,


  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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