One-Pot Meals: Spicy Vegetable Khichdi With Rice and Lentils

Updated on October 4, 2017
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Spicy Vegetable Khichdi with Rice and Lentils

Vegetable Khichdi: A Wholesome One-Pot Meal

This morning, I was stressed because I needed to think of a dish that I could make easily, use for breakfast, and would travel well in a lunch box. The variety of veggies lying around my kitchen reminded me of vegetable khichdi. Many traditional Indian dishes include khichdi. It is made of rice, lentils, and vegetables. This makes a delicious dish that everyone in the household will enjoy. I was happy to make this dish for breakfast.

You should eat this khichdi hot with a teaspoon of ghee. A yogurt-based salad or raita on the side truly complements this dish. I bet that you will have a heavenly experience with this awesome breakfast.

Now, let me share the recipe for you.

How to Use Leftover Khichdi

Khichdi is a lentil-based dish. It gets thick when it is cold. Whenever you want to use cold khichdi, add some water, make it loose, and boil it to get back the right consistency.

5 stars for Spicy Vegetable Khichdi with Rice and Lentils

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves five people

Ingredients for Making This One-Pot Meal:

  • 1 bowl small grain rice, I used Sona Masoori rice
  • 1/2 bowl red lentils/masoor dal
  • 1/2 bowl de-husked mung dal/moong dal
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 cup capsicum, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup french beans, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic-green chili paste, use 1/2 inch ginger, 4 garlic cloves, and 1 green chili
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp or salt to taste
  • whole garam masala spices, 1 inch cinnamon, 4-5 cloves, and 2 bay leaves

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making a Spicy Vegetable Khichdi with Rice and Lentils:

  1. Wash rice and the lentils in water. Add some fresh water. Keep aside.
  2. Heat a pressure cooker base. Add oil and ghee to it. Throw in mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
  3. Add whole garam masala spices. Saute on a very low fire for 10 seconds. Add chopped onions. Also add ginger-garlic-and green chili paste.
  4. Saute on a low fire till you get the roasted aroma of ginger and garlic.
  5. Now, add all chopped vegetables, reserving some chopped coriander leaves for garnishing. Add salt.
  6. Saute the contents for two minutes. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and garam masala powder. Mix well. Stir-cook for a minute. Add soaked rice-lentil mix. Cook for two minutes, stirring at intervals. Add 6 glasses of water. Keep the mix a little too thin, so that this lentil dish will get the proper consistency after cooking. This will also avoid the burning of khichdi in the bottom. Add lemon juice and some salt.
  7. Check for the taste. If you need, add some more salt. Make the mix boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Now cover the cooker with the lid. Place the weight. Cook up to 4 whistles and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the stove.
  9. Once the pressure releases naturally, remove the lid. Mix it once. Your spicy vegetable khichdi is ready! Serve it hot with a spoon of ghee on top. A yogurt side dish or raita goes well with this spicy dish. Enjoy eating!

Some Important Information About Khichdi:

1. You can use any vegetable of your choice in this recipe.

2. This is a filling dish.

3. You can use it for breakfast, lunch, or for dinner.

4. It is a wholesome food for all.

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Step one: Take rice, red lentils, and mung beans split(moong dal) as per measurementStep two: Wash and soak them in fresh water for 15 minutesStep three: Keep all the vegetables ready.Step four: Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker base. Add mustard seeds and cumin. Saute till mustard splutters. Throw in whole garam masala spices. Add onions. Also add ginger-garlic-green chili mix. Saute for 2 minutes.Step five: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Saute for a minute.Step six: Add all chopped veggies and chopped coriander leaves. Throw in some salt. Saute for 2-3 minutes.Step seven: Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and garam masala powder. Mix well. Stir-cook for two minutes or until you get a nice aroma of the roasted spices. Step eight: Add soaked rice-lentil mix. Stir-cook for 2-3 minutes.Step nine: Add about 6 glasses of water. Keep the mix thin. You will get the proper consistency once lentils and rice are cooked. Boil the mix for 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice. Adjust salt.Step ten: Cover the cooker with the lid. Place the weight. Cook up to 4 whistles and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Mix well. Spicy vegetable khichdi is ready!Serve hot khichdi with a teaspoon of ghee on top. Eat it with a yogurt side dish or raita on the side. Enjoy eating!
Step one: Take rice, red lentils, and mung beans split(moong dal) as per measurement
Step one: Take rice, red lentils, and mung beans split(moong dal) as per measurement
Step two: Wash and soak them in fresh water for 15 minutes
Step two: Wash and soak them in fresh water for 15 minutes
Step three: Keep all the vegetables ready.
Step three: Keep all the vegetables ready.
Step four: Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker base. Add mustard seeds and cumin. Saute till mustard splutters. Throw in whole garam masala spices. Add onions. Also add ginger-garlic-green chili mix. Saute for 2 minutes.
Step four: Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker base. Add mustard seeds and cumin. Saute till mustard splutters. Throw in whole garam masala spices. Add onions. Also add ginger-garlic-green chili mix. Saute for 2 minutes.
Step five: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Saute for a minute.
Step five: Throw in chopped tomatoes. Saute for a minute.
Step six: Add all chopped veggies and chopped coriander leaves. Throw in some salt. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
Step six: Add all chopped veggies and chopped coriander leaves. Throw in some salt. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
Step seven: Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and garam masala powder. Mix well. Stir-cook for two minutes or until you get a nice aroma of the roasted spices.
Step seven: Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and garam masala powder. Mix well. Stir-cook for two minutes or until you get a nice aroma of the roasted spices.
Step eight: Add soaked rice-lentil mix. Stir-cook for 2-3 minutes.
Step eight: Add soaked rice-lentil mix. Stir-cook for 2-3 minutes.
Step nine: Add about 6 glasses of water. Keep the mix thin. You will get the proper consistency once lentils and rice are cooked. Boil the mix for 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice. Adjust salt.
Step nine: Add about 6 glasses of water. Keep the mix thin. You will get the proper consistency once lentils and rice are cooked. Boil the mix for 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice. Adjust salt.
Step ten: Cover the cooker with the lid. Place the weight. Cook up to 4 whistles and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Step ten: Cover the cooker with the lid. Place the weight. Cook up to 4 whistles and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
 Mix well. Spicy vegetable khichdi is ready!
Mix well. Spicy vegetable khichdi is ready!
Serve hot khichdi with a teaspoon of ghee on top. Eat it with a yogurt side dish or raita on the side. Enjoy eating!
Serve hot khichdi with a teaspoon of ghee on top. Eat it with a yogurt side dish or raita on the side. Enjoy eating!

Nutritional Information of Spicy Vegetable Khichdi with Rice and Lentils:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 234
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 26 g9%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 81 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    ShailaSheshadri 4 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks Cathy. Yeah.. it is delicious. It is also a nutritious, and wholesome dish made of rice, lentils, and spices. Making it in a single pot saves time. Try it once.

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    Cathy Hague 4 months ago from Terrace

    That looks delicious!

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