Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot

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Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – A vegetarian, one-pot, gluten free dish with lentils, rice and vegetables, cooked in ghee, turmeric and red chili powder makes an amazingly flavorful comfort meal!

Khichdi, Khichadi or Kitchari is a nourishing porridge-like dish cooked with lentils and rice. Referred to as the Indian “comfort food”, it is often used for babies and the elderly, a healthy meal that is easy to chew, digest and SO good for the body!

mixed lentils and veg khichdi

I grew up eating khichdi for a LOT of dinner meals. My mom cooked this soft, mushy and lightly spiced dish that was so comforting and light that it always made a  perfect dinner. She had many variations of this dish, so when someone asks me about khichdi, there are so many different recipes that come to my mind.

Although, I want to share some of my mom’s khichdi recipes, I want to share this one that I started making years ago. When the boys were little and I was working crazy hours, picking them from day care and then trying to figure out our dinners, this dish has come to rescue so many times! It helped me serve healthy, wholesome and guilt-free dinners that we all enjoyed.

This khichdi recipe was developed over the years, adding and changing the combination of vegetables and spices so as to not over power the dish. I now have a recipe that I love and is my signature dish! A recipe I was so proud to share with my mom, who absolutely loves it and has on a repeat list.

So here is my khichdi recipe that I cooked for years on stove top pressure cooker that is a breeze in the Instant Pot:

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Mixed Lentils & Vegebatles Khichadi
Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi - Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi - Healthy, wholesome, one pot dish with lentils, rice and vegetables, cooked in ghee, turmeric and red chili powder makes an amazing comfort food!
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup green beans chopped
  • ¼ cup frozen green peas
  • 1 red potato cubed
  • 1 to mato diced
  • 1 cup cauliflower chopped
  • 1 cup cabbage chopped
  • 1 cup spinach chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp mild red chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup mixed lentils moong, masoor, toor and chana daal
  • 6 cup water
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped, for garnish
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute Mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays, add ghee, cumin seeds and ginger.
  2. Cook for a 30 seconds. Add all the vegetables (carrots, beans, peas, tomato, potato, cauliflower, cabbage and spinach). Mix well.
  3. Add turmeric, red chili powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add rice and mixed lentils. Add 6 cups of water. Give everything a quick stir and close IP lid with pressure valve to sealing.
  5. Press the rice button (12 mins) followed by NPR. Open IP, garnish with cilantro.
  6. Serve hot with roasted papad and pickle.


60 thoughts on “Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot

  1. This looks wonderful, and I think I’m going to make it later this week. Can you please confirm that you don’t need to add any liquid? Does the liquid from the vegetables cook the rice?

    1. Jenel, it needs 6 cups of water. I may have missed adding it in the ingredients list, but it’s there in the instructions. I will add it to the ingredients list too. Do let me know how you like it! Thank you!

      1. Oops! I see it now. Thank you, Archana. I’m looking forward to it. I made a couple of your recipes last week and loved them. Our favorite were the tandoori chicken wings. YUM! I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge like this.

        1. Thank you so much! I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my recipes! Hope you like this healthy khichdi too. Can’t wait to hear.

    1. Hi Liz, Thank you for letting me know. Although I have not tried freezing, it should freeze well.

  2. Made this recipe for dinner I forgot to put the peas and I didn’t have any potatoes but it still came out delicious! Lovely flavors really enjoyed!

    1. Hi Laura, That is awesome! Yes, so you can def add or skip any veggies. You will still get the same flavors! Thank you for letting me know!

  3. This was delish. My DH had seconds after saying he wasn’t too hungry. I added some garlic, didn’t have cabbage or cauliflower. I used red lentils, brown basmati and broccoli because that’s what I had available. I’ll be making this again for sure. Thanks for posting

    1. Thank you Lorraine for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed this healthy and versatile dish. You can substitute any vegetables, lentils and rice, yet it comes out delish!

  4. Going to make this one soon! Just wondering, have you ever used the frozen mixed vegetables in a pinch?

  5. Hi Archana, excited to try this amazing looking recipe. Quick question, I dont have instant pot so no rice setting. I have an electric pressure cooker though so can set minutes and high, medium and low. Do you have any thoughts on how long I would cook this and for how long? Thank YOU! x

    1. Hi Rachelle! I do not have an electric pressure cooker but I would cook on Low/medium setting for 12 mins to start with. You can always add more time if needed. Let me know how you like this!

      1. Hi Archana
        Thank you so much for that. I will give it a try and let you know!
        All the best..

  6. This is delicious. I am on Weight Watchers Simply Filling program and with a couple of simple changes(canola oil for ghee and brown rice for white), it is perfect. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks for the simple, clear instructions.

    1. Hi Suzanne, So glad to hear that you modified my Khichdi recipe for your Weight Watchers diet. Great idea to use brown rice. Quinoa will work well for this recipe too.

  7. Thank you for this recipe! Do you think I would have to change the time if I want to use all mung beans?

    1. Hi Angela! It will be same timing. I love mung daal in khichdi, it will come out delicious!! Let me know how you like it

  8. How long does the NPR for this recipe take? I gave up at twenty-one minutes and forced it, and it’s steaming and steaming and steaming.

    1. Hi! It has a lot of water and so the khichdi comes out moist and soft. So 20-25 mins sounds about right. I hope it came out good.

  9. Hi! If i’m making this for my kids do you think i need to reduce the chilli powder? or with the given quantity is it pretty mild? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sehr, This recipe calls for 2 tsp of mild red chili powder and the chichi come out as mild-medium spicy as there is also ginger and garlic in it. If you like you can start with 1 tsp of red chili powder. You can always add more later if needed. Hope this helps?

    1. Hi! NPR – Natural Pressure Release, where you let the pressure release naturally after the cooking cycle in the instant pot is completed. And IP = Instant Pot!

          1. Made it today. Great recipe that brings me back to childhood! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

          2. Hi Kay! So happy that you made this! We make this recipe all the time. It is so comforting and brings back so many memories. Thank you for taking time for your feedback. Hope you will try some other Instant Pot recipes too!

  10. My daughter (2.9 y.) loves this dish – daycare provider cooks it every day for daycare children. Now she is on vacation and I’ll try to reproduce using your receipt (daycare provider uses old fashion pressure cooker, and I have an instant pot) :).

    1. Hi Elena, Thank you for your lovely comments. Makes me so happy when children enjoy my recipes. And yes so much easier to make this in Instant Pot. Let me know how you like it!

  11. Hi Archana, I know the khichidi is supposed to be soft but mine turned out super watery…any ideas what might have gone wrong?

    1. It thickens up as it cools down. What vegetables did you use? If there are more leafy veggies and cauliflower there will be extra water

    1. Hi Shwetha! Yes you can use soon masoori. I like this khichdi really soft so I sue the same water ratio with sona masoori too. If you like your khichdi dry, reduce the water by 1 to 2 cups.

  12. Your recipes are very good and tasty can you make your site a little more Advanced so we can change the no of servings we need so adjusting the amounts of ingredients needed. I am sure you seen food websites that are able to do that like Yummly , All recipes etc etc.

    1. Hi Protima, No soaking is needed. With Rice mode, it takes time to build pressure which also acts as soaking time.

  13. I just love this meal so much. I was not raised with it but when I tasted this khichdi for the first time I felt the comfort described, it was surreal. Thank you!!

  14. 2 Questions: If you (or any followers) have tried this recipe with brown rice- how did it turn out? Also, how would I go about freezing this (6 servings is a lot for just my husband and I)?

    1. It tastes amazing with brown rice. You will have to increase the cook time to 22 mins within natural pressure release. I have not tried freezing this but should work.

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