Moong Dal Khichadi

Updated: Oct 31, 2019


Khichdi is a complete one pot meal. Made with rice and lentils, khichdi is healthy, wholesome and easily digestible! You can use different lentils with this same recipe for varied taste. You may also add veggies in the khichdi like spinach, carrots, onion, peas.

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 & papad on the side!


1/2 cup rice

1/2 cup moong dal

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ghee

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/8 teaspoon hing powder (asafoetida)

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped (optional)

  • Mix the rice and moong dal in a bowl and soak it in enough water to cover it completely for a minimum of 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain the water and set aside.

  • On the stove at medium heat to a pressure cooker add ghee, once it is hot, add cumin seeds and wait till cumin seeds start sizzling to add the hing and garlic.

  • Add the soaked rice, dal, salt, turmeric powder and add around 3.5 to 4 cups of water.

  • Pressure cook on high heat for 3 whistles.

  • Garnish with cilantro and serve the moong dal khichdi with some extra ghee on top.


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.

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.

Bijal Mody hails from India - the land of food, festivals and colors.

She has always had a creative inclination since she was old enough to hold ideas in her head. Expressing or executing these ideas gave her a joy that mere words cannot do justice. Art in one form or another has always been an integral part of her and her family. She is now at that stage in her life where she would love to share her passion with others.

As does everything, her artworks started with an idea that has since blossomed. Having learned the art of Mehendi at an early age and being proficient at it gave way to her first creative outlet in this country. She began with Bridal Mehendi almost two decades ago. Now that art form has taken an interesting turn as she, uses mehendi designs as her inspiration for custom, intricate ink artworks.

Bijal Mody

Henna Artist


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