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Khichdi Recipe

This Khichdi recipe is a simple dish made with rice and lentils. It's delicious and so comforting. Khichdi makes the perfect weeknight meal.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegetarian, Healthy-ish, Gluten-Free option
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Nisha





  • Combine rice and lentils in a bowl. Wash well and drain do this about four times. Soak in water for at least 30 minutes. Once done, wash and rinse well. Set aside.


  • Turn on the Instant Pot, click Saute. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once it melts, add asafoetida (hing), cumin seeds, and turmeric powder. Saute for about 30 seconds to a minute. Do not cook this for too long, else the butter will burn.
  • Add the rinsed rice and lentils. Stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes. This will toast up the rice and lentils.
  • Now add 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. Let the rice and lentils naturally release all the way.
  • Once the steam has been released, this is what you will have. I personally prefer my Plain Khichdi a little runny, so I like to add some water.
  • Add a cup of water (cold is fine), and stir. Enjoy with a dollop of butter on top with red garlic chutney (not pictured).


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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