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Red rice and Moong dal khichdi

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Khichdi is a comforting Indian dish akin to Grilled cheese sandwich or Chicken noodle soup. Khichdi usually combines rice and lentils with vegetables of choice and some simple seasonings. It is a one-pot dish that warms you up inside and out… like a warm hug… MMM 🤗

This khichdi is unique in that it combined red rice with green whole moong dal. It is also special for any festivals since it combines variety of distinct colors – YELLOW, RED and GREEN 😆

So what does it take – 20 minutes in the InstantPot… that’s it! 

Start the pot, season with cumin and some simple spices – remember this is very comforting, so nothing too overbearing. Everything is kept simple! Add vegetables, add the rice and dal and cook (with water!) I also did a version with plain corn in the place of mixed vegetables. This is totally up to your preference of veggies, anything can go in a khichdi!

Enjoy this with some simple chips or a spicy Indian pickle. Plus some yogurt… of course! Its perfect for these cold night suppers. 

  • Red rice provides the robust whole grain, nice chewy texture
  • Green Moong is a good source of protein and easy to digest
  • Corn brings in the sweetness and carb

Red rice and Moong dal khichdi

Khichdi is a comforting Indian dish akin to Grilled cheese sandwich or Chicken noodle soup. Khichdi usually combines rice and lentils with vegetables of choice and some simple seasonings. It is a one-pot dish that warms you up inside and out.
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • InstantPot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Red Rice
  • 1 cup Moong dal – whole
  • 1 cup Mixed vegetables – potatom carrot, peas, beans OR corn
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala optional

Aromatics –

  • Green chillies
  • Curry leaves
  • Ginger grated
  • Cilantro stalks chopped

Seasoning –

  • 2 tbsps Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 pieces Bay leaves

Instructions

  • Start the InstantPot on Saute
  • Add all the seasoning items and fry for 2 mins
  • Add all the aromatics and stir for 1 min
  • Add the rest of ingredients, 5 cups of water 
  • Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes 
  • Let it cool down for 15 minutes, release pressure and adjust spice and salt
  • It will be a creamy italian-risotto like consistency 

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