One Pot Meals

Moong Dal Khichdi for #HealthyWELLthyCuisines

This is a post that’s very close to my heart (no, that’s not Valentine fever :p) for various reasons. Although Moong Khichdi is seemingly easy to make, getting the mushy , perfect texture is a challenge, especially for the Khichdi-lover that my husband is. 

Forget comfort food, he eats this all the time while travelling and at work, especially when he knows that the next meal may be too late for his rather tight schedule. So, I had to make this several times to get the perfect consistency, texture and taste that he waxed oh so eloquent so many times 🙂


So what’s great about Moong Dal Khichdi, the snobs might ask? Well, it :

  • Is the ultimate Comfort food (after Rasam-rice, for me :p)
  • Soothes tummy upsets
  • Is Filling and real food with almost no prep time- gets done in a jiffy (ask harried moms and bachelors :D)
  • Totally customisable – from bland to spicy to hollering-hot {Again, any combo of lentils and rice would work here (mostly!)|}
  • Tastes great with or without veggies
  • is made differently in every household, each with its own ratio of rice to lentils, and each yummy in its own way
  • is easy on the stomach, especially after the I-swear-this-is-is-the-last-time-I-am-eating-outside-food phase 🙂
  • is Gluten free and vegan (mostly!)
  • Makes a filling meal with simple yoghurt, papad and pickle ! 

So, Moong Dal Khichdi, full of lentils (which is another reason you should be making this for the protein content) is my dish for @HealthyWELLthy Cuisines‘s”#LegumeAffairAtHW” – theme suggested by Seema for this fortnight as well as MLLA #125 hosted by @Seema, original event by Lisa & Susan and the original MLLA page 

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Prep time – 5 mins, Cook time – 10~15 mins , Serves – 2

What you need:

Short Grained Rice – 1 cup (200 ml)

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch (optional)

Chopped veggies – I used 3 tsp of carrots and a handful of peas (one may also use cauliflower, broccoli, onions, garlic etc)

Badi Elaichi (Large cardamom – black) – 1 no. (opt.)

Split green gram / Moong Dal – 2/3 cup 

Salt – to taste

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Hot water – 4 ~ 4.5 cups (depending on the rice variety) 


Ghee – 1 tsp (use oil for vegan version)

Split green chilly – 1 or 2

Grated ginger – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp (skip for GF)



Chopped fresh coriander – 1 tsp

How to make:

In a pressure cooker, heat half the oil / ghee sauté the rice and the dal for a min or two till fragrant. Add the veggies, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, half the salt + hot water and pressure cook for 4~5 whistles. Let the pressure come down on its own.

In a deep bottomed pan, add the oil or ghee, make the tempering with the ingredients above and add to the cooked khichdi. If the Khichdi is too thick, add a tsp of two of hot water at a time and adjust the consistency.

Adjust salt and spices and serve the khichdi piping hot with yoghurt, papad and/or pickle (hot Khichdi is best coz it gets mushy and lumpy when cold). 

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  1. My favourite .. I make it often. Light on the stomach.

  2. mildly indian

    It is beautiful to see how transformations happen from roses and candies to comfort and companionship. have a blessed one. this recipe is so comforting and warm. kind of mushy and gooey the same way too.

  3. This is a huge favourite at our place too. 🙂 Light on the tummy, yet filling, delicious and hearty. Comfort food to the core.

  4. spoonsofflavor

    My favorite especially during winter☺ Yours one look just perfect. Hearty and comforting meal!!

  5. My Flavour Tales

    Yes , a comfort food and best option when I am not in a mood to cook an elaborate menu . Yours looks yummy .

  6. Poonam Bachhav

    My husband is also a khichdi lover and he is also very particular about the veggies added in and the texture of the khichdi. Yours looks very soothing and delicious.

  7. Nutritious, comforting , light on stomach and yumm.. I too love my khichdi with a particular texture.The pics are so inviting..

  8. Yes, absolutely true. This is the ultimate comfort food.
    Scrumptious pics!!

  9. Who can deny to have Khichdi !!! i just love this type of one pot meal …. Looks so inviting and much soulful

  10. This is a comfort food and loved by all at home. Your version looks so good, loved it.

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