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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 

Vegetable Khichdi-How to prepare Vegetable Khichdi

Vegetable Khichdi

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryMain Course-Lunch
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   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 it sizzles, add whole black pepper, curry leaves and hing.

Then add chopped onions and saute until onions turn transparent.

how to make khichdi

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)

vegetable khichdi recipe

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.

how to prepare vegetable khichdi

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 and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.

vegetable khichdi in pressure cooker

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mix it gently. See how lovely it it!

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.

khichdi recipe

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 re-heat it.

More Khichdi recipes 

Moong dal Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi

Khichdi for babies

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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

  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. Healthy & rich recipe!!!

  11. 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!!

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

  13. 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. ...as 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....

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

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

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

  17. 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...

    3. Healthy and energetic food .preparation time is less and recipiii is tasty.

  18. 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 ...

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

  20. Shud i cook on medium or high or sim

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

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

  23. HI padhuskitchen all your dishes are very nice and tasty. I have question.can I use normal rice instead of basamati or raw rice

    1. Thank you Mehta. I have used only normal raw rice for this. You can use any rice.

  24. Tasty kichdi but i add chow chow instead of potato its really 😋

  25. Hi padhu
    Today I tried ur recipe. ..tasty it was v relished and enjoyed thanks a lot

  26. Thankful to you for not calling dals as lentils.

  27. Was skeptical about cooking rice on my own. but this was perfect. Reliable recipe as awlways. Thanks Padhu!! :)


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