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

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.
Course One pot meal
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Keyword khichdi recipe, moong dal khichdi recipe
recipe moong dal khichdi recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 340kcal
Author Rachna Parmar


  • Pressure cooker


  • 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


  • Chopped cilantro

Serving suggestion

  • yogurt papad and pickle


  • 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.


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.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 703IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg