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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 enjoys sharing her recipes 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.

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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.

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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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