Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi

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Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi a one pot simple meal with split yellow moong beans and rice. Creamy, soft, light on stomach with detoxifying properties!!

Khichdi or Kitchari is considered a comfort meal by many in India due to the comfort and ease of making and it’s digestive properties. Khichdi means ‘all mixed up’ in local language. It is prepared by mixing and soaking lentils with rice then dumping it in the cooker/vessel with cumin, turmeric tempering in Desi ghee.  All the ingredients used in making this khichdi have Ayurvedic benefits on the body .

There are many variations in making khichdi. Lentils like Split Pigeon Pea, Split chickpea Lentils are also used in making Khichdi. But, as these lentils are heavy on stomach and also takes a little more time to cook as compared to moong lentils. So Moong lentil Khichdi is the first choice to make when someone is not feeling well or recovering from some illness or have some digestive issue.

Ayurveda strongly recommends fasting for a day and then breaking the fast with this simple Khichdi. It is one of the best  and cheapest detox 🙂 !!

I love to have Khichdi with Cilantro chutney and my kids like to have papads with it. A glass of buttermilk with some cucumber slices  or any yogurt raita, makes it a whole and filling meal.

Another detoxifying Khichdi from the blog is.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi, that is equally nutritious and simple to prepare.

How to make Simple Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi..

Simple Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi can be made in just a few minutes. No chopping, frying or sautéing the masala, not time-consuming tasks are involved. It is recommended to soak lentils and rice for at least 15-30 mins as it speeds up the cooking process and makes the grains easily digestible.

I make Khichdi with or without vegetables. Most of the times, I just temper and cook Khichdi in cumin and turmeric with desi ghee and sometime I do add finely chopped carrots and peas to it. But we mostly like it simple topped with a spoonful of Desi Ghee.

Feel free to add vegetables in your Khichdi, but if you want a detoxifying  and light meal, just leave the vegetables and keep it simple. Also many people like to temper it with red chill, cumin in ghee while serving. I skip it as we like to have it plain with absolutely no spices.

Simple Khichdi is a satvik no-onion and no-garlic meal and it is also suitable for Vegans.  You can use Vegetable oil to make. But studies have shown that Desi ghee can be conveniently consumed by vegans or those who have lactose intolerance.  I am not recommending it. You can confirm from the your reliable resources before consuming it.

How to cook Simple Khichdi.. 

Khichdi is usually cooked in Pressure Cooker to save the time, as lentils and rice take time to cook in open pan. These days we can make it in Instant Pot too. Just dump everything, add some water and set the timings.

Cooking in Open Pan..

In a heavy bottomed open pan, add ghee/oil, add hing and cumin seeds, once the seeds crackle, add turmeric powder and the add soaked rice lentil water in 4:1 ratio to moong and rice mix.This gives Khichdi of creamy consistency. We love it this way. If you like thicker texture, add less water. Cover the pan with little space for steam to escape and cook khichdi till the grains are done.

Cooking Khichdi in Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker

Cooking Khichdi in open pan takes time.So it is usually made in pressure cooker to save the time. Initial steps remain the same as followed in Open Pan method, only difference is the ratio of water. Add 3 Cups water when cooking in Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure cooker.

Cook Khichdi  in Pressure Cooker for 3-4 whistles on medium flame and in Instant PotPressure cook Mode(High)’ take 7-8 minutes ( sans the time it takes to come to pressure).

Please see the recipe card for detailed recipe.

Let’s see how I make this so easy and simple Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi..

Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi

Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi a one pot simple meal with split yellow moong beans and rice. Creamy, soft, light on stomach with detoxifying properties!!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Moong Dal/Split Yellow Moong Lentils
  • 1/2 Cup Rice
  • 1 tbsp Desi Ghee/Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt as per taste.


  • Wash rice and lentils together 2-3 times in water.Soak for 15-30 minutes.

Instant Pot Method

  • Set the SAUTE MODE of Instant Pot on on high for 5 mins.
  • Add ghee to it. Once the display shows HOT, add cumin seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add turmeric powder.
  • Drain water from rice and lentil mix, add add to the inner pot, mix and saute for a minute.
  • Add water around 3 cups and Cancel the SAUTE Mode.
  • Cover and seal the lid, and set the PRESSURE COOKER Mode on High for 8 minutes. 
  • Once the timer goes off, let it go on warm mode, if your are planning to have it after some time. Else, release Pressure using QRP after 2-3 minutes. Check for the doneness of grains and have it warm with a spoonful of ghee!!

Pressure Cook Method

  • In Pressure Cooker, add ghee, keep it on medium flame, add cumin seeds once ghee is hot.
  • When seeds crackle, add turmeric , rice and lentil mix, saute for a minute then add water(3 cups), cover and cook on medium flame for 3-4 whistles. Let the pressure go naturally.
  • Serve hot!!


  • I use Basmati Rice for Cooking. You can use any rice(Broken , Jasmine, Sona Masoori).
  • Use oil for the vegan friendly version.
  • Skip Hing or Asafoetida for Gluten-free version.
Keyword Ayurvedic Khichdi, Detox recipe, Healthy meal, Low Fat Recipe, Weightloss Recipe

Do make this simple and light meal on days when you want something light and comforting, homemade and without too much standing in Kitchen. It is a very healthy and nutritious meal for babies you start feeding them grain based meals. Good for elderly and sick people or those who have we weak digestive system.

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This is 25th in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April ’19.

Day 25. Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi

Mega Blogging Marathon, 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.  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

Day 8. H.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 9. I.. Iyengar Puliyogare(Instant)

Day 10. J.. Jeera Rice

Day 11. K.. Kashmiri Pulao

Day 12. L.. Lucknowi Veg. Dum Biryani

Day 13. M.. Mixed Veg Pulao

Day 14. N.. No-Onion No-Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao

Day 15. O.. Oats and Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 16. P.. Pearl Pulao

Day 17. Q..Quinoa Pulao

Day 18. R.. Rajasthani Kabuli(Jodhpuri Pulao)

Day 19. S.. Spicy Chilli Garlic and Bell Pepper Rice

Day 20. T.. Tomato Corn and Basil Pulao

Day 22. V. Vegetable Biryani in Instant Pot

Day 23. W. Walnut and Cranberry Rice

Day 24. Vermicelli Pulao


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

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Author: Swati

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18 thoughts

  1. I too make it in the same way. One of our favourites khichdi. Beautiful presentation

  2. I love the way your bowl looks Swati and the way it is presented. Such a simple and easy to make dish!

  3. I think this is one of the best khichadis , divine and blissful. The clicks are tempting me to have some.

  4. One can never go wrong with this basic version and it is a simple, comforting meal in most parts of the country. I need to give it a try with a green chutney when I make it next time. Never tried that combo before.

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