Sunday, February 10, 2013

Vegetable Khichdi Recipe-Khichdi in Pressure cooker

Khichdi  is a very popular recipe prepared with rice, dal and some spices. It is not only filling and delicious but also very comforting. I usually prepare it with tur dal or moong dal or masoor dal or a combination of any of the mentioned two dals. When you do not have time to prepare any elaborate meals, but want something healthy, then Khichdi is a great option. For me, it is one of my comfort food and I love to have it piping hot with raita or papads. I have used only potatoes and peas but you can add more vegetables like carrot, beans and cauliflower. Today we will learn how to make vegetable dal khichdi following our easy recipe.

Vegetable Khichdi
Vegetable Khichdi with carrot raita 

How to prepare Vegetable Khichdi

Prep time -under 10 mins
Cook time - under 20 mins
Serves - 1

Ingredients needed

Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
Dal - 1/4 cup (I used mix of tur dal + split yellow mung dal )
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Onion -1 (medium size)
Green chilli - 1 slit
Ginger-garlic paste -1/2 tsp
Potato -1 medium size
Green peas (fresh or frozen) -1/4 cup
Salt needed

Dry powder 

Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli powder -1 tsp
Coriander powder -3/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp

For the seasoning

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeera -3/4 tsp
Whole black pepper -1/4 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Curry leaves - few

Top up seasoning

Ghee -2-3 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeera - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies -1
Garlic - 3-4 cloves finely chopped


Wash and soak rice and dal for 30 minutes in hot water.

Wash, peel the skin and cut potato into cubes. Chop onions and keep it aside.


Heat oil in a pan (I used pressure pan), add mustard seeds, jeera seeds, when they sizzle, add whole black pepper, curry leaves and hing.

Then add chopped onions and saute until onions turn transparent.

Now add ginger garlic paste (if you do not have ginger garlic paste, you can add finely chopped ginger and garlic) and saute for a few more minutes.

Now add the chopped potatoes and peas.(you can also add 3-4 beans, 1/2 a carrot and 4-5 cauliflower florets to make it even more nutritious)

Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and saute for 2-3 seconds.

Then add the soaked dal + rice (after draining the water- you can use this water to add to the rice after sauteing) and saute for a few more seconds.

Add 2 1/2 cups of water, salt needed and bring it to boil.(taste the water to check for salt, if it is slightly salty, it will be perfect once cooked)

Close the cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and see how lovely it it. Mix it gently.

Now we will do the top up seasoning - Heat 3 tsp of ghee, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add red chilli, finely chopped garlic, saute for a few seconds and pour it over the khichdi.

Serve Khichdi piping hot with any raita (pachadi) or papads or pickles. This is a very simple recipe which even beginners can try with confidence.


The quantity of water differs according to the type of rice used. I added 2 1/2 cup of water as I love my khichdi mushy. Total rice + dal mix is 3/4 cup-so I added double the water (ie) 1 1/2 cup +1 cup extra. If you do not want your khichdi mushy, then add less water.

As it cools, khichdi becomes slightly thicker - in that case add a little hot water and heat it.

More Khichdi recipes 

Moong dal Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi

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  1. That's a lovely twist to khichdi, sounds yummy with the addition of vegetables!

  2. we generally prepare using rava :) it wll be tiffin ! never knew this can be prepared using rice and veggies too

    1. made with rawa i think is Uppma ...but not sure

  3. Lovely khichdi! Looks delicious!!

  4. Oh wow...super yummy delicious... :-)

  5. I usually make it with rava.. but this is much more healthy.. :)

  6. looks so delicious and healthy.. love the addition of veggies..

  7. Khichdi is my hubbys favorite. he will love this. will try soon

  8. Healthy & easy to make..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. I tried this recipe.. Followed all your instructions step by step... Was wonderful.. Totally loved it!! It was very easy to make too!! Thanks :)

  10. I made this for my 21 month old and he loved it.. what's more, my husband loved it too! Thank you so much for your one pot meals, they're a life saver!!

  11. i tried this comes good and tasty also.Its very easy to prepare.....Totally i loved it.........thanks:)

  12. Hi.... i had prepared with Olive oil and just Patato with all other ingredient that u have mentioned. No toppin g with ghee due to extra calories. none of the vegies were there in my kitchen at night 11.30. And i was starving. I used step by step of your reciepee and you know it took only 17mins to prepare. I swear the taste was awesome... I can not believe i cooked that dish.... Ha ha ha . Thanks for Saving a night without food....

  13. Lovely.. I tried your recipe to the T.. very yummy and delicious...! Never loved khichdi so much:)

  14. Cooking Khichri for my sister in law, thanks for the recipe, I am just waiting for the whistles.

  15. Tried this tonight and it turned out really well! My husband and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing this.

  16. rice and yellow pulse gets overcooked, but black one remains uncooked. How to prevent such situation?

    1. Vivek - Khichdi should be mushy and overcooked. Black one means -are you referring to the whole black pepper. If you feel like that, you can add it slightly crushed but add very less (less than 1/4 tsp).As when we crush it, it will be more spicy and hot, so add less.

    2. crushing worked...

  17. Being a forced bachelor, and not that bad at cooking, still I needed some recipe to follow and deviate little from it to experiment. I prefer making kichdi and want to go through a recipe every time before cooking so that I do not forget some basic ingredients. I always had issues with adding sufficient salt to either kichdi or upma. Your suggestion to taste it to make sure it tastes little salty came to my aid and from then, I never had issue with salt. Thanks a lot for the recipe and especially the tips ...

  18. Thank you! Cant wait to try it :)

  19. Shud i cook on medium or high or sim

  20. Thank u for a tasty recipy... Very tasty.....

  21. Thanks for the great recipe - i've made it several times! My husband and I always enjoy it :)


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