1. Rice

Mix Vegetable Masala Khichdi


  • 1/3 cup broken rice or any regular rice
  • 1/3 cup moong dal (mung lentils)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee(oil)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf or simple bay leaf)
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 medium onion chopped or ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste or 3 to 4 medium garlic and ½ inch ginger – crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 1 small to medium tomato or ¼ to 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 or 2 green chilies – chopped
  • 1 to 1.25 cups mixed chopped veggies
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 cups water
  • a few chopped coriander leaves for garnish optional
  • salt as required


1. Take 1/3 cup broken rice or any regular rice and 1/3 cup moong dal (husked split mung lentils) in a bowl. Rinse with water a couple of times. Drain and keep aside. Also chop the veggies and keep aside.

moong dal for masala khichdi

2. Heat 1 tbsp ghee or oil in a pressure cooker. Add the following garam masala or whole spices – ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 small to medium tej patta (Indian bay leaf), ½ inch cinnamon, 2 cloves and 2 green cardamoms. Saute till the spices crackle and become fragrant.

masala for masala khichdi

3. add 1/4 cup chopped onion.

onions for masala khichdi

4. Saute till the onions turn translucent.

sauteing onions for masala khichdi

5. Add 1 tsp ginger garlic paste.

ginger for veg masala khichdi recipe

6. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger for masala khichdi

7. Add ¼ to 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes and 1 to 2 green chilies (chopped).

tomatoes for masala khichdi

8. Saute for a minute or two.

sauteing tomatoes for making masala khichdi

9. Then add 1 to 1.25 cups mixed chopped veggies along with ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). For a more spicy khichdi, add ½ tsp red chili powder. Saute for a minute.

spices for veg masala khichdi recipe

10. Add the rice and moong dal.

adding rice and mung lentils

11. Mix the rice and moong dal with the rest of the ingredients.

mixing masala khichdi mixture

Cooking masala vegetable khichdi

12. Add 2 cups of water. This much amount of water gives a vegetable khichdi which has a consistency not like a porridge, but not even dry like a Pulao(brown rice). for a more liquid consistency in the khichdi, you can increase the amount of water to 2.5 to 3 cups.

adding water for masala khichdi

13. Season with salt as per your taste.

adding salt for masala khichdi recipe

14. Pressure cook for 14 to 15 minutes or for 7 to 8 whistles. When the pressure falls down on its own, remove the lid.

cooking vegetable khichdi

15. Serve vegetable khichdi hot drizzled with a teaspoon of ghee, if you prefer. Accompany a side veggie salad, raita, pickle or plain curd by the side. You can also garnish it with a few coriander leaves.

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