Mung Daal Khichadi

The ultimate Indian comfort food, Khichdi is an easy, healthy and satisfying dish. Try it with Gujarati Kadhi – Yum!! It is a complete meal with proteins, veggies and carbs all in one. Great as baby and toddler food.

Basmati rice – 1 ¼ cups
Mung Daal – 1 ¼ cups
Water – 5 cups
Salt – 1 tsp
Haldi (turmeric) – ¼ tsp
Hing (asofoetida) – 1 pinch

1. Wash Rice and Mung Daal with water until water runs clear.
2. In a pressure cooker, add Rice, Mung Daal, Water, Salt, Haldi and Hing – mix well.
3. Pressure cook until one whistle sounds and immediately turn off heat.
4. Wait until pressure from cooker is gone before opening cooker lid.

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37 thoughts on “Mung Daal Khichadi

  1. I appreciate rice khichadi.One can add unpealed potato pieces,spices,tamalpatra,pulses etc.Rice should be of good quality.It is one of the healthiest Indian food.Dr Ram Khose

  2. Hi Girls,

    Just made your recipe in my new PC used toor daal and basmati rice, no hing(will get some later)brought up to pressure and timed 10 minutes on full but got impatient so let pressure off manually its european PC so no whistle. Also i didnt put the mix straight in the cooker i put it in a bowl inside the cooker but everything else the same except i used frozen veg.Am eating it as i type, its excellent although i wish i had let it cool by itself as the Daal is just a little bit crunchy but still very nice. Will make again but will add ginger and garlic and one dried chillie to make it a little more spicie. Do you think that will work or will it spoil it?
    Many thanks for your recipes girls
    whiteturbo ^_^

    1. Hi Whiteturbo,

      Glad you enjoyed the khichadi. You can definitely add ginger, garlic and green chili. This is one of those recipes that our children grew up on and therefore milder. You can always spice it up :).

  3. Hi, didn’t see this question…
    What is hing (asafetida) ?
    I live in Vegas and would like to find these ingredients to make indian food at home 🙂
    ie: dal/split yellow mung beans, whole cardamon pods, etc.

    Thank you…smells delish! 😉

    1. Hi Wendy,

      Asafoetida is a very pungent spice. It is used in very small quantities but really adds a bunch of flavor to certain dishes. You can find it and many of the other items at an Indian grocery store in your area or online.

    1. Hi Sunita,

      Yes, this recipe uses yellow split mung daal but you can easily replace it with the one that has the green shell (split).

  4. Hi Anuja and Hetal,
    The other day, me and my hubby both were down with fever. I prepared this easy recipe. This meal made us much more comfortable. I added cumin and pepper too. Thanks for posting.

  5. Hello,

    I recently discovered your site and it has made me feel confident to try cooking Indian recipes (great, as I am vegetarian and Indian food has to be the best vegetarian food in the world).

    I would like to try this recipe, but was wondering if the vegetables you add should be cooked first or if you add them raw to the pressure cooker?

    Thank you so much for posting these useful recipes with video. It really helps us newbies!


    1. Hi Dianne,
      What a compliment! Thanks!

      You do not need to cook the vegetable prior to adding them to the pressure cooker…the pressure cooker will take care of that! That is one of the reasons it’s such an easy recipe!
      Enjoy 🙂

    1. We have never tried this recipe with Brown rice, but you may find that the rice will have too much texture compared to the Daal which will be mushy. If you don’t mind that, the ratio of water to rice/daal will still be 2:1 with one whistle.

  6. Hi ladies

    You can make this kichidi in the rice cooker also if you don’t have pressure cooker. Just keep watching it after 10 or 12 mts so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom. I had a glass top stove in my old house and it got shattered into pieces when I experimented to roast the eggplants. Then I used my rice cooker to cook my entire food for days (sambar, kichidi and rasam, etc.,) it came out so perfect and yummy. Sorry for the long story, but rice cooker definitely does the trick if you don’t have a pressure cooker.


    1. Hi Subha,
      Can you please share me the receipes / links which will guide me in preparing rasam, vegetables, curry in rice cooker, am planning for an outing with my 2 yr son, am not sure, whether he will be liking outside food at north…, so planning to carry rice cooker along.. is there any option for boiling milk too… pls guide me na..

  7. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    Thanks for the simple yet mouth watering recipe. Its a perfect one for babies and people not feeling well. Can we make it in the microwave oven? Are the measurements the same? Similar question asked by one of the viewers is not yet answered.

    Thanks again,

    1. Hi Riya,

      Sorry, we have not made this recipe in the microwave before. The quirky thing about mung daal is that is foams up. Cooking it in a pressure cooker contains that foam. I’m thinking if you put it in the microwave, it’s going to overflow. Just my thoughts on it.

  8. i use to make this kichdi for my 9 month old baby but i used put all types of dal(moong urad …)then powderd cashew pista badam then veggies tooo. is it ok?
    thnaks again preethi

    1. Hi Preethi,

      Sure, you can add different daals. For really young babies, mung daal is lighter on the stomach than other daals. Also, you have to be careful about introducing nuts to babies in case of food allergies.

  9. Hello Ladies, just wanted to drop you a big thanks, I’m a mom of a 15 month old, and have noone around to actually guide me with indian cooking. I really wanted to make this for my son, but never knew how…and now thanks to you, I am for sure going to try it out tonight. Thanks again, and looking forward to your next video….

  10. Hi Mam!

    Awesome recipe!! Im going to make it the next time im sick!!! 🙂

    Just a varitaion if u like…

    Just make a seasoning of finely chopped ginger & cumin seeds and cashewnuts(optional) seperately in oil/ghee. Add it to rice-moong dal mixture along with salt,pepper pwdr and pressure cook. This coverts this dish to Ven-Pongal..the famous south indian breakfast.

    Thanks again,

  11. Hi TopChef,

    Your’s is a perfectly delicious way to make khichadi. We geared this one specially for kids/babies and people who are not feeling well.

  12. hi. when i make this khichadi i also fry onions,tomatoes ,potatoes ,beans etc first and then proceed further.i dont know wether this is the right way or not but it sure tastes yummy and is very filling.

    1. The good thing in cooking is “there is no wrong way”…your version is good because it adds veggies and given the protein and carb of dal and rice, makes it a complete meal.

  13. Thanks for your version of the khichadi…sounds delicious! We plan to have a video for “vagaareli khichadi” some time in the future. It will definitely be spiced up! This one’s for the kiddos and people under the weather.

  14. Hi
    i like this recipe. except I do a vagar first with some oil heat it up then add some dried pepper, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and hinge. once done i saute some onions into the mixture. finally i add it to the rice.

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