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Vegetable and Oats Khichdi: A Quick and Healthy Meal

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Rozlin loves to cook healthy food for her loving family, and she wants to share this healthy recipe with her readers.

Vegetable and oats khichdi garnished with coriander leaves

Vegetable and oats khichdi garnished with coriander leaves

One-Pot Vegetable and Oats Khichdi

This is a healthy and delicious one-pot khichdi made with oats, vegetables, and moong dal (split yellow lentils). Quick and easy to prepare, it can be served plain or with curd, raita, or pickle.

I have prepared many different types of khichdi, including rice and moong dal, rice and moong dal with vegetables, methi (fenugreek seeds), dalia (broken wheat), sabudana (sago seeds), and vegetable and oats. Among them all, this last one is my favorite.

Oats are an excellent source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Moong dal is rich in protein. Colourful vegetables add more nutrition and taste to this khichdi.

Kids tend not to like the bland taste of oats, but this recipe is an easy way to add oats to their diet. In my experience, kids and adults alike love this dish, and I hope you will, too.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons moong dal (split yellow lentils), soaked
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 carrot, choppped
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 turmeric powder (haldi)
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat ghee in a cooking pot.
  2. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Sauté until cumin seeds turn golden brown.
  3. Add onion and mix well. Fry onion until golden brown.
  4. Add tomato and sauté until soft. Add a splash of water to speed up cooking.
  5. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  6. Add soaked moong dal. Give it a good mix.
  7. Add some water and cook the dal.
  8. Add some more water as per the quantity of oats.
  9. Then add veggies (carrot, bell peppers) and mix well.
  10. Add oats and mix well. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until oats are cooked well.
  11. Give a stir after every couple minute or else it will start sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve it warm.

Photo Guide

Heat ghee in a cooking pot. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Sauté until cumin seeds turn golden brown.

Heat ghee in a cooking pot. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Sauté until cumin seeds turn golden brown.

Add onion and mix well. Fry onion until golden brown.

Add onion and mix well. Fry onion until golden brown.

Then add tomato and sauté until soft. Add a splash of water to speed up cooking.

Then add tomato and sauté until soft. Add a splash of water to speed up cooking.

Add turmeric powder and salt.

Add turmeric powder and salt.

Give it a good mix.

Give it a good mix.

Add soaked moong dal. Mix well.

Add soaked moong dal. Mix well.

Add some water and cook the dal.

Add some water and cook the dal.

Add some more water as per the quantity of oats. Then add veggies (carrot, bell peppers) and mix well.

Add some more water as per the quantity of oats. Then add veggies (carrot, bell peppers) and mix well.

Add oats and mix well.

Add oats and mix well.

Cook for 15-20 minutes or until oats are cooked well. Give a stir after every couple minute or else it will start sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Cook for 15-20 minutes or until oats are cooked well. Give a stir after every couple minute or else it will start sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Its ready to serve.

Its ready to serve.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve it warm.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve it warm.

Suggestions and Variations

  • I have cooked this dish in an open vessel, but you can also prepare it in a pressure cooker. (I prefer the open vessel so that I can stir the khichdi while it is cooking to prevent sticking.)
  • You can use oil instead of ghee (clarified butter).
  • You can add red chilli powder, red chilli flakes, or chopped green chilli as per your taste. Keep in mind that children may not like spiciness.
  • You can adjust the consistency of khichdi as per your liking.
  • You can give this khichdi to babies who are on solids or semi-solids. Add veggies by grating them and adjust the consistency as per their liking. Note: If your baby is under 12 months, omit the salt.

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© 2021 Rozlin

Comments

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 12, 2021:

Thank you for stopping and commenting, Linda. I'm glad you liked my recipe and found it different and delicious. Stay safe and healthy always, my dear friend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 12, 2021:

This sounds like a delicious dish. I'm happy to find an interesting recipe that uses oats. I'm used to eating oats for breakfast. I'm glad to discover a different way to use them.

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 12, 2021:

Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Devika. I appreciate your kind words. Stay safe and healthy, dear.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 12, 2021:

This is new to me and sounds a tasty treat.

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 12, 2021:

Thank you, Moon for reading and commenting. I appreciate your visit and kind comments. Try this khichdi. It's healthy and will help you with swollen tonsillitis. U can keep the consistency as per your liking and easy gulpe. U too stay safe and healthy.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 12, 2021:

It's looking delicious. I am also thinking of khichdi because of my swollen tonsillitis. Lol. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Rozlin.

Stay safe and healthy...

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 11, 2021:

Thank you dear sis for stopping by and commenting. This khichdi is packed with lots of nutrition. Try it some day. Take care, dear sis. Blessings always!

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 11, 2021:

Hi, Peggy. This is a flavorful healthy meal, you are right. Try it someday. Oats are healthiest grains on earth. I appreciate your visit. Thank you. Blessings and love.

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 11, 2021:

Hi, Liz. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your kind words. I'm glad you found my recipe well illustrated. It turns out delicious too. Stay safe and healthy, dear friend.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 11, 2021:

Rozlin, I have never tried oats and vegetable khichdi but it seems delicious and nutritious. Thanks for sharing it with us. Stay safe and healthy

Blessings and Love, dear sister

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

This sounds like a flavorful and healthy meal. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 11, 2021:

This is a very well-illustrated and interesting recipe.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 11, 2021:

Rozlin, you're welcomep

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 11, 2021:

I'm glad you liked it, Eman. Try it some day, it's turns out delicious and is healthy too. I appreciate your visit. Thank you, Eman. Stay safe and happy, dear sis.

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 11, 2021:

You are welcome. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Cchand.

Nian from Pakistan on July 11, 2021:

It looks delicious. I never heard this recipe before. I will try it.

Thanks for sharing this healthy recipe.

Many Blessings and Love.

Cchand from Mumbai(India) on July 11, 2021:

waooo delicious....thanx

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 11, 2021:

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your kind comments, Meibakagh. Glad to know you loved it.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 11, 2021:

A good balanced diet. Loved it. Thanks.

Rozlin (author) from UAE on July 11, 2021:

you are welcome, dear Peace. I am glad you liked it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

Blessings and Much Love!

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 11, 2021:

Looks so yummy.... thanks for sharing.

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