Lentil & Vegetable Khichdi or Masala Khichdi made in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  This is a one-pot Indian vegetarian dish made with lentils, rice and vegetables along with simple spices and ghee.  This is the epitome of comfort foods all over India.  Khichdi is best cooked in a pressure cooker, so Instant Pot is the perfect gadget to cook Khichdi.

Masala Khichdi made in the Instant Pot in a bowl along with yogurt and pickle.
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This Masala Khichdi is also called Vaghareli Khichdi in the western state of Gujarat in India. Khichdi is enjoyed with pickle, papad, yogurt and lots of ghee.

Khichdi is like a porridge, hence we add more water when making khichdi. If you like rice grains separate and not all mixed up, then try this Vegetable Pulao in the Instant Pot.

Watch How to Make Masala Khichdi

Why eat Khichdi?

√ The combination of lentils, rice and veggies makes Khichdi a complete meal.  Lentils provide the protein, rice provide carbs and the veggies provide a whole lot of nutrients.

√ Easy to digest, which makes it a great meal for babies and the elderly.

√ It is also a perfect meal when you are under the weather and looking for something light.

√ It is vegetarian and gluten free. To make this recipe Vegan, replace the ghee with your favorite plant based oil.

√ This dish is very versatile, you can use the split lentils you like and the veggies you have available, and it always turns out great.  Isn’t that wonderful?  A no-fail dish.

I got really excited when I saw Khichdi or Khichuri featured on NPR recently.  They called this “An Ancient Indian comfort dish with a Global Influence”.  This is so true, all over India Khichri is prepared in a variety of ways, however we find similar things in other cultures too.  Based on the NPR article, the Anglo-Indian variation of Khichuri is Kedigree, but it omits the lentils.  Khichri is also thought to be the ancestor of Egypt’s national dish, koshary, which is made with rice, lentils and macaroni.  Khichri is also similar to mujaddara, another Middle Eastern comfort dish with rice and lentils.  It is a small world!

How to make Vegetable Khichdi in the Pressure Cooker?  

Khichdi is rice and lentils cooked well or sometimes even overcooked.   Unlike other rice dishes where the grains must be separate after cooking, in Khichdi they are supposed to be softer and maybe a little mushy.  However you can adjust the consistency to your liking by adding less or more water.

As I mentioned, there are many ways of making khichdi.  Today I will be making it with split green moong lentils and veggies.  I previously shared a recipe for making Khichdi with yellow moong lentils, without the veggies. I also shared a recipe of masala quinoa khichdi recipe.

So here are all the ingredients I used to prepare the Masala Khichdi, minus the spices.

Pressure Cooker Masala Khichdi Ingredients - Rice, Split Green Lentils, Green Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, Onions, Tomatoes, Ginger

I did not add any whole spices, but you can add spices such as black peppercorns and cinnamon to get their wonderful aroma to the dish.

I used fresh vegetables this time, but you can use frozen vegetables as well.

In most recipes you will find khichdi is prepared with 1 part lentils and 2 parts rice.  I like to increase the lentils and make the ratio 1:1, that way we can get more protein in our meal.

Start with heating ghee in the Instant Pot, then add in the cumin seeds and ginger.  A variation of khichdi is to not add ginger or onions, however I love ginger too much to skip it :). If you like, you can make ghee at home in your instant pot using this recipe.

Now add in the veggies and spices.  You can use any veggies you have available.  I had carrots, tomatoes and green peas in the refrigerator.  Oh and also potatoes, so I used them.  But go for your favorite veggies.  I have used cauliflower, broccoli, edmame, spinach previously too.

Then add the washed split green moong lentils and rice.  Add in the water, and you are done!  Close the instant pot lid with vent in sealed position and cook it on manual or high pressure cook mode for 5 minutes.  Do a 10 minute natural pressure release, the khichdi will be ready for you to enjoy.

steps to make vegetable Khichdi in instant pot

Eat it with some yogurt raita, salad or papad. Some people also like to enjoy khichdi with kadhi

Oh..and don’t forget to top it off with lots of ghee.

Khichdi with vegetables in a white bowl along with pickle and yogurt.

To make this recipe on stove top and vegan, check the recipe notes.

Try out the Masala Khichdi and let me know how it turned out.  You can also check out other variations of rice –

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Indian Lentil and Vegetable Khichdi (Masala Khichdi)

A Instant Pot Masala Khichdi made with lentils, rice and vegetables along with simple spices and ghee.  The epitome of comfort food all over India. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients 

Vegetables

  • 1 Potato, small, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Carrot, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Green peas

Spices

Instructions 

  • Start the instant pot on Sauté mode and heat ghee in it.   Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and let them bubble for 30 seconds.  Then add onions and ginger.  Let them cook for a minute. 
  • Add all the veggies and spices.  Stir them well. 
  • Add the lentils, rice and water.  Stir them well with the veggies. 
  • Close the instant pot lid, and change the setting to manual or pressure cook mode for 5 minutes at high pressure with vent in sealing position. 
  • When the instant pot beeps, do a 10 minute NPR.  This means release the pressure manually 10 minutes after the instant pot beeps. 
  • Garnish with cilantro.  Serve hot with additional ghee to top it.  

Video

Notes

Tips
  • You can add more spice with green chilies or increasing the quantity of cayenne in this khichdi.  I kept it mild, so everyone in the family can enjoy it. 
  • You can vary the vegetables added to this khichdi.  
  • I used split green moong lentils for this khichdi, you can use yellow lentils too. 
Created: This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker.
Vegan Variation: To make this recipe vegan, replace ghee with oil. 
Stovetop Variation: To make this khichdi on a stovetop pressure cooker, follow the same steps and let it cook for 3 whistles. 

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcalProtein: 8.2gFat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 2.9gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 804mgPotassium: 474mgFiber: 7.6gSugar: 4.1gVitamin A: 6250IUVitamin C: 37.1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2.2mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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71 Comments

  1. My husband and I eat this throughout the week, we absolutely love it and it’s super easy and quick! But we have a question, what would you consider one serving size to be?

  2. Very tasty but very mushy. If I want it drier and with rice grains separate, by how much would you suggest reducing the water? Thanks

    1. Hi Rach – Thank you for sharing your experience. You are right, this khichdi is like a porridge. Reduce the water to 1-2/3 cup and pressure cook for just 4 minutes. I use a similar ratio for my mujadara recipe. Hope you try it again 🙂

    1. Hi Payal – I would not recommend cooking the two together, as the eggplant and potatoes will get overcooked in the time it takes to cook the khichdi. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Amna – Yes, khichdi is porridge-like and needs more liquid. So I would suggest to double the water if you are doubling the dal and rice. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Hi Krishna – I would not suggest to cook this khichdi with brown rice, as brown rice takes much longer to cook (about 20 minutes) and all the dal/veggies will turn to a mush in that much time.

  3. Thank you. Am staying home during this Covid-19 pandemic. Going to make this on my IP and will update.
    Just looking at your post made me salivate and hungry. Reminded me of my student days when I would hang around at Durga puja pandals to get free khichdi.

    1. Tried this recipe yesterday and it was my best ever. Consistency was perfect, no sticking at the bottom and taste was great !! Thank you Meeta for a very good recipe..

  4. Hi Meeta – this is one of my favorite go to dishes to make. If I double the recipe, how much water should I use?

    1. Hi Rajani – Happy to hear you enjoy the khichdi. If doubling, you can decrease the total water by 1 cup so that it is not too watery. The cooking time will remain the same.

  5. Thank you so much in sharing the recipe in a simplest way . I am in the beginning stage of using IP. My question is , after it beeps , are we supposed to cancel it and let it continue to be like that till the pressure goes? It doesn’t even show increase or decrease the numbers.
    Pl respond to clarify my doubt.

    1. Hi Girija – Glad that you are finding the recipes helpful. After the pressure cooking is done, the instant pot goes in “Keep Warm” mode. In most recipes, either way works. If you think something can get overcooked while the pressure is releasing, press cancel to turn off the instant pot. In this recipe, either way works 🙂