Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

Hari Moong Dal Khichdi, also known as Chilka Moong Dal Khichdi is a one pot Satvik meal(no-onion no-garlic) that is free from heavy spices and masala or oil.

Prepared with Chilka Moong(Hari Moong), also known as Split Green Moong Lentil, cooked with rice in very limited spices and desi ghee(preferably).

What is Khichdi..


For those who are not aware of Khichdi , it is a (kind of) stew made with rice, lentils or any other grains, with or without vegetables. It is free from any masala and is prepared in a very simple way. There are different types of Khichdi depending on the type of grain and lentil used. Moong /Dal Khichdi is the basic form of Khichdi which is made with Moong Dal(Split Yellow Moong or Split Green Moong). Both the variety of moong dal are very nutritious and light on stomach. Though both have different benefits for the body.

Benefits..

Khichdi has been the comfort food for Indians since ancient times and has found it’s mention in ancient texts. It’s ayurvedic benefits are known to everyone. In India Khichdi is the first whole food that is fed to babies(Split Yellow Moong Khichdi and Green Moong dal Khichdi). It is consumed by people who go on detox ayurvedic diets, low fat diets or low sugar diets.

Hari Moong Dal or Chilka Moong is a split green moong bean, where the husk is not completely removed from the lentil. It is rich in proteins, fibre and low in fat and has a cooling effect on body. It improves digestion and is light on stomach. Suitable for all the age groups and especially for those suffering from fever or stomach related ailments like constipation or stomach ulcers. It is consumed as Dal with rice and chapatis or khichdi. Check my Lehsuni Dal Palak recipe, that has green moong as the main ingredient. These days, flour of this dal is also used in making Indian pancakes and crepes like multigrain dosa, chilla or vadas(fritters).

Cooking Hari Moong Dal Khichdi..

In open pan itย  takes a lot of time To cook Khichdi. So,it is commonly cooked in pressure cookers(stove-top). It can also be conveniently cooked in Instant Pot within 7-8 minutes(minus the time Instant Pot takes to coming to pressure).

For points for those with special dietary requirements..ย 

  • Avoid Asafoetida for gluten-free version.
  • For Vegan version you can omit desi ghee, though studies have shown that Desi ghee can be consumed by lactose intolerant people as the % of dairy is very less in it.Though it is an animal product, it can also be conveniently consumed by vegans. You can check your resources before consuming it.

Let’s see how to make this Satvik, easy and simple Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

Hari Moong Dal Khichdi, also known as Chilka Moong Dal Khichdi, prepared with Chilka Moong(Hari Moong), also known as Split Green Moong Lentil, cooked with rice in very limited spices and desi ghee(preferably). A one pot satvik meal(no-onion no-garlic) that is free from heavy spices and masala or oil.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Ayurvedic Khichdi, Chilka Moong Dal, Split Green Moong Lentils
Servings: 4
Author: Swati

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Split Green Moong Lentil/Hari Moong Dal
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/Hing
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder/Haldi
  • 1-2 tbsp Desi Ghee
  • Salt as per taste

Instructions

  • Wash and soak rice and dal separately. Soak at least 10-15 minutes. 
  • Switch on the Instant Pot on SAUTE MODE fro 5 minutes. When the display shows HOT, add ghee, when the ghee is hot enough add cumin seeds and asafoetida. 
  • Add turmeric powder. Drain water from rice and dal. Add to inner pot, saute for a minute. 
  • Add water around 3 times for thinner consistency. For thick consistency add 2 cups or as per the quality of rice and dal. Add salt.
  • Cancel the SAUTE Mode and set the PRESSURE COOK Mode with time 7-8 minutes. 
  • Once the timer goes off, release the pressure after 3-4 minutes, with QPR. 
  • Check for the doneness of rice and lentils. Serve hot with some desi ghee along with salad and dahi/yogurt preparation of your choice, 
  • If the consistency is thick then add more water if needed and saute for 2-3 minutes. 

To cook on Pressure Cooker on Stove-top

  • Heat pressure cook on medium flame, add ghee, when the ghee is hot enough, add asafoetida, cumin seeds and turmeric.
  • Drain water from rice and dal and add to the cooker. Add salt and water and mix well. 
  • Cover the lid of cooker and cook khichdi for 4-5 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the gas and let the pressure go off automatically. 
  • Open the lid and check for the doneness of rice and dal, serve hot. 
  • Adjust the consistency of khichdi as per your liking. If thick add water, if runny, cook on medium flame till it gets desired consistency. Take care not to burn it at the bottom of pan.

Notes

  • Avoid Asafoetida for gluten-free version.
  • For Vegan version you can omit desi ghee, though studies have shown that Desi ghee can be consumed by lactose intolerant people as the % of dairy is very less in it.Though it is an animal product, it can also be conveniently consumed by vegans. You can check your resources before consuming it.ย 

Stepwise Pics..

At least once a month go light on stomach and have this moong dal khichdi to give rest to the digestive system. Ideally once a month everyone should go on the fruits diet or detox diets. As we all need break from our hectic lifestyles and go on holiday away from all the stress and work. We should give rest to our bodies from all the spicy and heavy food and give it a break with some light satvik food.

Khichdi is a very good option for quick and light dinner option and is relished with dahi(yogurt)/chaas, papads, pickle or chutney and salads. We like to have it with Chaas and Kachumber salad.

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This is 8th in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April’19.

Day 8. H.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

This is an event where I along with a group of fellow bloggers are blogging everyday about Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes this whole April, with Sundays off.

My earlier posts for the event..

Day 1. A.. Aloo Matar Ki Tehri

Day 2.ย  B..Broccoli Mushroom Pulao

Day 3 . C..Chana Dal Khichdi

Day 4. D..Dhaniya Pulao

Day 5. E.. Easy Steamed Rice in Instant Pot with Pot in Pot Method

Day 6. F.. Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao

Day 7. G.. Gatte Ka Pulao

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Author: Swati

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28 thoughts

  1. This is my favourite Khichadi and you have made it perfectly ! Also I am loving your serveware . Just load this Khichadi with ghee and give me that bowl , it will get over in minutes !

  2. Swati, the presentation looks awesome and makes one want to grab it right off the screen!..wonderful khichdi and I would surely want to try this sometime..

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