Vegetable Khichdi Recipe | How to make Dal Khichdi | Vegetable Khichdi

vegetable khichdi recipe

With the vegetable khichdi recipe prepare a nutritious and tasty rice dish. It is also known as dal khichdi.

What makes this food healthy? In the ingredient list, thanks to, among others, the moong dal and vegetables like carrot, green beans and peas. All these in the vegetable khichdi recipe, make this dish get a good rank on the taste and nutrition score card.

In the vegetable khichdi recipe, an alternative to moong dal is toor dal. Do note, however, for some people this dal may cause gastric problems.

Food Fact
how to make dal khichdi
Mung is said to reduce the risk of various diseases, including diabetes and cancer. Further, mung is believed to reduce the systolic blood pressure.1

With the info on how to make dal khichdi, you can make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A reason it fits well is that it is healthy. Also, this food is soft and easily digestible.

Vegetable khichdi is an excellent choice for children and adults, including senior citizens.

Curry leaves, which are also a part of the vegetable khichdi recipe, too add to the nutritional value of this popular rice dish.

Curry leaves have vitamin A, which is necessary for eye health.

Read more about the Benefits of Curry Leaves in the blog.

Ghee is, typically, used to prepare the dal khichdi. Further, the dish is topped with an additional teaspoon or two of ghee while serving or relishing this food.

Onion raita is a fine choice as a side dish. Coconut chutney too can make the khichdi tastier.

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Servings: 3-4


1. Rice 1 cup
2. Moong dal / mung dal / hesaru bele / pesara pappu / paasi paruppu 1/2 cup
3. Ghee / Oil 1 tablespoon
4. Mustard 1/2 teaspoon
5. Curry leaves 2 sprigs
6. Cumin / Jeera 1 teaspoon
7. Hing / asafoetida few pinches
8. Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon
9. Garlic cloves, chopped, 5-6

10. Green chilies 4-5 or to taste
11. Ginger, chopped, 1/2 teaspoon
12. Tomatoes 2-3
13. Green beans 8-10
14. Carrots 2

15. Peas 1/4 cup
16. Capsicum 1
17. Water 5 cups
18. Salt to taste
19. Lemon juice to taste
20. Coriander leaves, chopped

How to make Dal Khichdi?

1. Wash rice and moong dal in a pressure cooker.

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Add about 4 cups of water. Keep aside for 20-30 minutes.

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2. Chop all the vegetables.

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3. Add vegetables, chilies and turmeric to the pressure cooker.

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Cook till the cooker whistles twice.

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Keep aside till the pressure subsides.

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4. Heat ghee in a kadai / utensil till the ghee becomes hot.

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5. Add mustard.

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6. Add jeera when the mustard splutters.

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Fry till the jeera becomes golden brown.
7. Add chopped ginger and garlic.

Fry till the garlic becomes golden brown.

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8. Add curry leaves and hing.


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9. Add one cup of water and salt.

Bring to boil.
10. Add the rice-moong dal-vegetable mixture.


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Cook for a few minutes.

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11. Add lemon juice.


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12. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Vegetable khichdi or dal khichdi is ready.

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TIPS Vegetable Khichdi Recipe
1. Carrot, green beans, capsicum and peas are the main vegetables used to prepare this khichdi. However, you can use other vegetables, in addition to or in lieu of the said vegetables. Double beans, potatoes and cauliflower are some of the choices.
2. If you want the dal khichdi to be softer, mash it by mixing the khichdi several times.