Nutritious Dal khichdi(vegetables) in cooker

How to make vegetables Dal khichdi in pressure cooker


Serving Dal khichdi(vegetables) for Dal khichdi (vegetables) recipe
Vegetables Dal khichdi

Vegetables Dal khichdi recipe
is one of the best and healthy comfort food one should try once in a week. Dal khichdi is one of the first solid food that babies eat in India.

The rice and lentil(moong Dal) combination in khichdi helps give the right mix of carbohydrate, dietary fiber and protein. It is gluten free vegeterian meal and had all 10 essential amino acids making it a complete protein source.

In this recipe Dal khichdi is made by using green peas, potato, soya beans, moong Dal and toor Dal.

Traditionally it is made with moong Dal( yellow lentils) with rice. But in restaurants Toor Dal is also mixed with moong Dal to make it.

Sometimes Dal khichdi is topped with a tadka. Which is made by using red chilli powder,jeera(cumin) and chopped garlic in hot oil.

Dal khichdi can be made by adding different types of vegetables of your choice.  Like beans , carrot , potato, soya beans and cauliflower. Adding vegetables make it more nutritious and healthy.

If you making Dal khichdi for babies then use only moong Dal and rice.  Don't use spices like red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste and cumin powder.

It can be served to persons who are recovering from illness.  You can add nutritious vegetables in khichdi for them.

You can more recipe made using moong Dal like How to make moong Dal halwa .

Health benefits of moong Dal khichdi

•  Khichdi is good for stomach

It is considered as one of the easy and quick comfort food which is fully nutritious. Moong Dal is rich in protein and low in carbohydrate and is one of the most recommended vegeterian super food . Light and easy to digest.

• Khichdi help in weight loss.

Moong Dal (yellow lentils) is considered to facilitate weight loss. As it is packed with fiber and plat based protein which are known to help with weight lose.

• Moong Dal are rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium,. Phosphorus and calcium.

• Detoxifies your body.

Khichdi is a perfect detox food. It is tridoshic that means it helps balance the doshas basic elements such as earth, water and fire in our body.  Increase overall energy and immunity levels while stimulating the digestive enzymes.

• Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric is used in Dal khichdi which has natural anti inflammatory effect.

• Reduce blood sugar levels

• Boost heart health

If you love the recipe of vegetables Dal khichdi then I am sure you would love the recipe of Classic veg biryani recipe as well.


To cook vegetables Dal khichdi or simply Dal khichdi in a pressure cooker we need 2 to 3 whistles in high flame . And it take around 10 minutes. You should add water approximately 1 inch above the rice mixture surface.

Vegetables Dal khichdi recipe

Preparation time :- 15 minutes

Cooking time :-  10 minutes

Difficulty :- Easy

Yields :- 2 servings

Ingredients :-

• 1 cup rice

• 1/2 cup Dal  moong Dal

• 2 medium size potato(optional)

• 2/3 cup green peas

• 1/2 cup soya beans chunks (mini)

• 2 medium size onion sliced

• 1 tomato sliced

• 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste or 1/2 inch grated ginger and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

• 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera) powder

• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) powder

• 1/4 teaspoon asafoetda(Hing powder)

• 1 green chili(slits)

• 2 teaspoon pure ghee (Desi ghee)

• 1 teaspoon salt or as per taste

• Corriander leaves for garnishing

Step by step instructions to make Dal khichdi(vegetables) :-


Step 01
Soak the rice and Dal together in water for 15 to 30 minutes. Peel the potato and cut into small pieces. Similarly soak the soya chunks in water preferably in hot water.

Step 02
Heat 1 spoon oil with 1 spoon ghee in a pressure cooker and fry the sliced onions and ltill light brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 30 seconds or till raw smell goes off.

Step 03
Then add green chilli, cumin powder,Hing powder and turmeric powder and fry. Pour little water and fry the masala for 1 minute.

Frying onions green chili and masala for vegetables Dal khichdi recipe
Frying onions and masala

Step 04
Add the sliced tomatoes and fry them till soft. After that add the pre soaked Dal and rice with potatoes and green peas . Give them a fine mix.

Step 05
Wash the soya chunks and remove any excess water by pressing them. Mix with the Dal rice mixture in the pressure cooker.

Soya beans chunks mixed with vegetables Dal khichdi mixture
Soya beans mixed with khichdi mixture

Step 06

Pour water into the cooker approximately up to 1 inch above the rice vegetables mixture. Add salt and close the cooker with the lid.

Water added in pressure cooker for cooking Dal khichdi recipe
Water added in pressure cooker

Step 07

Cook the khichdi for around 10 minutes or up to three whistles in high flame. Switch off the flame and remove the pressure cooker from the gas.

Step 08
Let the pressure goes naturally then open the lid of the cooker.

Cooked Dal khichdi in pressure cooker for vegetables Dal khichdi recipe
Cooked khichdi in cooker
Step 09
Remove the khichdi in a plate and serve hot pouring 1 teaspoon of pure ghee over the khichdi.

             SERVING TIPS

• In Hindi there is a famous lines for serving. khichdi... It say.... Khichdi ka char yaar Dahi, Ghee, Achar aur papad.

• These means khichdi has four friends when serving..Ghee, Curd, pickle and papadum .

             NUTRITIONAL VALUE

          Amount per serving

• Calories :- 264.3
• Total fats :- 13.0 g
• Cholesterol :- 0.0 g
• Total carbohydrate :- 29.8 g
• Protein :- 7.8 g
• Dietary fiber :- 4.8 g


What is Kichari ?

Kichari is a traditional dish from Indian subcontinent. It is mainly a Ayurvedic dish. Kichari is known for its ability to detox the body and balance all three doshas, namely vata, pita and kapha.

It provides ample nutrients while pushing the junk out of our body.

These Kichari is made with moong Dal, rice and vegetables with spices and ghee.
Moong Dal ( yellow lentils) has the ability to remove toxic from body like pesticides and insecticides.

             RECIPE NOTES

•  In this recipe I have taken half cup Dal(lentils) as I am using different types of vegetables. If not using vegetables then take  same amount of dal as rice (1 cup). You will get a much tastier khichdi.

• You can use vegetables like carrot, beans, cauliflower. I have used Soya beans, which provides protein.

• Use of potato (aloo) is totally optional.

•  Before serving khichdi topped with one teaspoon of ghee.

You can read more healthy homemade recipes :-

• Healthy palak recipe jeera Methi Palak

• Homestyle jeera aloo recipe




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