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Chana Dal Khichdi

Chana Dal Khichdi a protein rich delicious meal made with Chana Dal and Rice in Indian Spices. A quick one pot meal. Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker method.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: North Indian, South Indian Cuisine
Keyword: Chana Dal, Split Bengal Gram, Split Chickpea Lentil
Servings: 4 people
Author: Swati


  • 1/2 Cup Chana Dal(Split Bengal Gram)
  • 1/2 Cup Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Roughly Chopped Onions
  • Ginger(small 1/2")
  • 1-2 tbsp Desi Ghee/Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1-2 Dry Whole Red Chillies
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick(small)
  • 4-5 Peppercorns
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida avoid for gluten-free version
  • 1-2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1-2 Green Chillies
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak dal and rice separately. Soak at least for 20-30  mins.
  • Chop onions roughly and ginger finely.
  • Switch on the SAUTE mode of Instant Pot on HIGH, when the display shows HOT, add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and peppercorns.
  • When the seeds crackle, add onions and finely chopped ginger. I have added whole green chillies , you can chop it finely. Saute till onions turn pink.
  • Add garam masala, chilli powder mix well. Add to the onion masala. Add water around 1.5 cup.
  • Cancel the SAUTE mode, keep the cover and lock it, Switch on the PRESSURE COOKER mode, Set the timer for 5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, release the pressure manually(QRP).
  • Add rice,, salt and fresh coriander /cilantro leaves, Mix well and again set the PRESSURE COOK mode on for 4 minutes. Add more water if required. As we have already added water while cooking dal, so add water as required.
  • Once the timer goes off, quick release pressure, fluff rice lightly with fork, add some more finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Prepare Khichdi n Pressure Cooker

  • basic step remain the same till adding dal to pot. Add dal to onion masala, cook dal till 2-3 whistles and let the pressure go on it's own. 
  • Once the pressure in the cooker subsides, add rice, salt and fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, mix well, add water if required, and then again pressure cook it till 2 whistles.
  • Let the pressure release naturally, open lid and fluff lightly with fork, serve hot.