Tasty and nutritious Indian one pot meal made of rice, lentils and spices.
Moong Dal Khichdi is a very popular Indian one pot meal eaten in every house irrespective of the occasion. Khichdi is a simple mixture of rice, lentils and spices which is very easy to make. It is highly nutritious and good for health.
It is often recommended as meal for people who are ill or have stomach issues, since it is easy to digest and tastes great as well.
Khichdi differs from vegetable pulao and biryani in texture and consistency. The mixture is generally cooked till the rice and lentils are soft and have blended uniformly with each other. Thickness of khichdi can be changed by adding more or less water and is dependent on one's preference.
Khichdi has its prevalence in festivals also, like Makar Sankranti, where it is most commonly served during dinner. Moong dal khichdi is often topped with a generous amount of ghee and enjoyed with raita/ curd, pickle, chopped onions, salt & fried green chilies or papad on the side.
To make Moong Dal Khichdi at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
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Ingredients for Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Moong Dal (Yellow)
- 1/2 Cup Rice
- 1 Medium Sized Onion, finely chopped
- 1 Medium Sized Tomato, finely chopped
- 1-2 Green Chilli, finely chopped
- 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
- ~1 inch Ginger, grated
- 1 Teaspoon of Jeera/ Cumin Seeds
- 1-2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- 1/2 Teaspoon Haldi/ Turmeric Powder
- Oil for cooking
Step By Step Instructions With Photos For Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe
Wash and rinse 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup yellow moong dal thoroughly.
Heat 2 tbsp of ghee or oil in pressure cooker. Add 1 teaspoon of jeera/ cumin seeds or jeera to it. When you start smelling the aroma of roasted jeera and it starts splattering, add 3-4 cloves of minced garlic, ~1 inch piece of ginger and 1-2 finely chopped green chilies.
Then add finely chopped onion and wait for onions to turn translucent or golden brown indicating that they are cooked. Stir and add 1/2 teaspoon Haldi/ Turmeric Powder to the mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes, till the tomatoes are cooked and mixed well with onions.
Add rice with yellow moong lentils to the pressure cooker. Add 3 cups of water to it. Quantity of water can be varied depending on the thickness you prefer.
Add 1-2 teaspoon of salt and stir it so that it gets uniformly added. Close the lid of the pressure cooker. Wait for 2 steams from cooker at high temperature and turn the heat off. Wait for 15-20 minutes for the steam to come out of the pressure cooker by itself.
Khichdi is ready. You can top it with ghee while serving. You can also serve curd, pickle, chopped onions, salted & fried green chilies or papad on the side.