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Dear Girl Next Door, this post is specially for you, on your request. So, here’s how I made this Khichdi; 🙂

Portion: Can serve two people


  • Half Cup, Basmati rice, washed and drained
  • 1/4 cup yellow mung dal
  • Mediium size, ripe tomato, coarsely chopped, 1 (Optional
  • One medium size potato, peeled and diced
  • One Onion, thinly sliced
  • A cup of cauliflower florets(little bigger chunks if you are to pressure cook), french beans, carrots
  • Handful of green peas
  • One tablespoon of ginger paste
  • Couple of green chillies
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garam masala powder (green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper)
  • One teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • One or two bay leaves, 1 black cardamom, 1 small stick of cinnamon
  • Mustard Oil / Ghee / Refined Oil
  • Sugar / Salt as per your taste

The Know How;

  • In a pan, dry roast the mung dal until the lentils are gently browned. Once, done, let it cool and keep it separate
  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil / ghee, and add bay leaf, black cardamom, cinnamon stick. Saute for a few seconds
  • Add the onions, green chillies and the veggies(green peas, save it to add towards the end) and a pinch of sugar. Now stir fry for a couple of minutes until the veggies are slightly colored
One Pot Meal - Khichdi

One Pot Meal – Khichdi

  • Add the ginger paste, and the spices. Mix everything and keep stirring
  • Now you can add the lentils and rice. Mix it well
  • Add one and a half cup of hot water and sprinkle some salt and garam masala.
  • Cover the lid and pressure cook until two whistles, and then lower the flame of stove and let it rest for a couple of minutes
  • Turn off the stove and wait for the pressure to drop on its own.
  • You can then add some clarified butter and serve it hot with pickle and fritters or fries
Moong Dal Khichdi

Moong Dal Khichdi

A few things:

  • You can add more of veggies and little rice and make it healthier
  • You can cook this in a pot too, but the cooking time would be extra, plus more water would be needed(hot water in both cases)
  • You can also use a mix of lentils (Masoor Dal, Mung Dal, and Tuar Dal)
  • If you are using frozen peas, put them in a bowl of water(room temperature) and keep changing it for a couple of times unless they defrost. This will retain the texture and not make the peas chewy

Please try and let me know if you liked it. 🙂