Easy Khichdi Recipe | Moong Dal Khichdi (Step-by-step recipe)

by Rachna
moong dal khichdi

Khichdi is the ultimate comfort food and one-pot meal in India. It is cooked in a variety of ways across the country. Personally, I love khichdi. Not only is it super easy and simple to make, there is a comfort food vibe about it. It makes your tummy and heart happy. It is such an easy recipe that all beginners to Indian cooking can make this right immediately. It is also easy on the tummy and hence a food that is given to you when you have upset stomach or are feeling a bit under the weather.

moong dal khichdi recipe

You can make the super simple moong dal khichdi recipe as I am going to share with you. You can also make masala khichdi by adding some more spice powders and pastes and add a few vegetables to it. I make masala khichdi as well when I am in the mood for something more spicy and exciting. You can also try my healthy Foxtail Millet Khichdi Recipe. Don’t forget this Sabudana Khichdi recipe which is one of my favourite breakfasts and light meals.

Here’s how I make my easy moong dal khichdi recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup rice

0.75 cup moong dal or yellow lentils

½ tsp. turmeric powder

1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder (optional)

Salt to taste

For tempering

2 tsp. ghee or coconut oil (if making vegan)

1 tsp. cumin seeds

2 dry red chillies

¼ tsp. hing or asafetida

1.5 tsp. grated ginger

2 green chilli finely chopped

Garnish

Chopped coriander

Serving suggestion

Curd, papad and pickle

Recipe:

Wash rice and dal together. Soak and keep aside for about 15 minutes.

Boil with 5-6 cups of water with turmeric powder, cayenne (if using) and salt in a pressure cooker for about 3 whistles.

moong dal khichdi recipe

Your khichdi should be soft and well cooked of mashing consistency.

moong dal khichdi recipe

Now add water to the khichdi and mash well. We normally make khichdi that is thick and watery. You can choose to keep it less watery by adding little or no water.

moong dal khichdi recipe

For the tempering

Heat ghee or oil in a tempering pan. Add cumin seeds, asafetida and dry red chillies broken into pieces and allow the cumin seeds to sputter. Now add grated ginger and green chilli and allow to cook for about 30 seconds to a minute.

Tip into the khichdi and mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.

Serve hot and tasty moong dal khichdi with papad, curd and pickle. You can also serve it with raita or just a bowl a curd.

Put it back on the flame to cook a little more.

moong dal khichdi recipe

Your delicious one-pot khichdi is ready to serve. Ready in under 30 minutes and it is super healthy.

Pro-Tips:

1. You can soak rice and dal together for 30 minutes for even faster cooking.

2. Cooking in a pressure cooker makes the cooking faster. You can also use rice cooker or instant pot.

3. You can use other lentils like orange lentils, pigeon peas etc. in the same recipe.

4. You can add veggies like potatoes, cauliflower, beans etc. If adding veggies add chopped veggies when boiling the dal and rice.

5. For vegan recipe, substitute ghee with oil.

6. Khichdi with a tempering of ghee is considered to be a complete meal. It is perfect for dinner as it is light and easy on the tummy.

Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)

Rachna Parmar
This delicious moong dal khichdi recipe is a super easy one-pot meal. It is made with rice and lentils, is super healthy and tasty. Try it.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course One pot meal
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Servings 4 people
Calories 340 kcal
people

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rice
  • 0.75 cup moong dal or yellow lentils
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder optional
  • Salt to taste

For tempering

  • 2 tsp. ghee or coconut oil if making vegan
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • ¼ tsp. hing or asafetida
  • 1.5 tsp. grated ginger
  • 2 green chilli finely chopped

Garnish

  • Chopped cilantro

Serving suggestion

  • yogurt papad and pickle

Instructions
 

  • Wash rice and dal together. Soak and keep aside for about 15 minutes.
  • Boil them with 5-6 cups of water with turmeric powder, cayenne (if using) and salt in a pressure cooker for about 3 whistles.
  • Your khichdi should be soft and well cooked of mashing consistency.
  • Now add water to the khichdi and mash well. We normally make khichdi that is thick and watery. You can choose to keep it less watery by adding little or no water.

For the tempering

  • Heat ghee or oil in a tempering pan. Add cumin seeds, asafetida and dry red chillies broken into pieces and allow the cumin seeds to sputter. Now add grated ginger and green chilli and allow to cook for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Tip into the khichdi and mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Serve hot and tasty moong dal khichdi with papad, curd and pickle. You can also serve it with raita or just a bowl a curd.
  • Put it back on the flame to cook a little more.
  • Your delicious one-pot khichdi is ready to serve. Ready in about 30 minutes and it is super healthy.

Notes

1. You can soak rice and dal together for 30 minutes for even faster cooking.
2. Cooking in a pressure cooker makes the cooking faster. You can also use rice cooker or instant pot.
3. You can use other lentils like orange lentils, pigeon peas etc. in the same recipe.
4. You can add veggies like potatoes, cauliflower, beans etc. If adding veggies add chopped veggies when boiling the dal and rice.
5. For vegan recipe, substitute ghee with oil.
6. Khichdi with a tempering of ghee is considered to be a complete meal. It is perfect for dinner as it is light and easy on the tummy.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 703IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Shantala -

5 stars
Khichdi is the ultimate comfort food for me. Even though I don’t make it on a regular basis, it’s what I default to when I want to give my system a rest or I’m feeling even a little under the weather.

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Damyanti -

5 stars
I love khichdi… all kinds!

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Rachna -

Thanks Damyanti

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