Sprouted Lentils Khichdi – Instant Pot

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Sprouted Lentils Khichdi – A protein packed, healthy and wholesome dish made with sprouted whole brown or green lentils, rice, ginger, garlic and spices.

I am obsessed with lentils and beans and my collection of them in my pantry keeps growing! With their long shelf life, they come in handy for making healthy and quick protein packed meals and snacks. I often soak and sprout a few different beans and use them during busy weekdays for meals. Sprouted lentils also have more vitamins and are easily digested. With Summer almost here, I am already enjoying the cool, crunchy and healthful sprouted mung bean salad.

Whole brown or green lentils, also known as ‘Masoor’ in India, is one of my favorite lentils. They are versatile with a mild and earthy flavor making them a great substitute for meat in some dishes.

sprouted lentils

In my post about mixed lentils and vegetable khichdi, I promised to put more khichdi recipes. So here is my another go-to khichdi recipe that makes a wholesome one pot meal. It is cooked with homemade ghee, rice, lentils, vegetables, turmeric, red chili powder and a dash of homemade garam masala for the aroma. This Instant Pot recipe is adapted from my stove top recipe that I have been using for years.


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sprouted lentils khichdi
Sprouted Lentils Khichdi - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Sprouted Lentils Khichdi - A protein packed, healthy and wholesome dish made with sprouted whole brown or green lentils and rice.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 10 curry leaves optional
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 2 plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder or any mild red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup brown lentils I used sprouted
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 3 cup water
  • cilantro for garnish
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(More) mode. Once the 'hot' sign displays, add ghee, cumin seeds and turmeric. Add curry leaves, ginger, garlic and onions. Mix well and cook covered with the glass lid on for 2 minutes.
  2. Give a quick stir and then add tomatoes. Mix well. Add red chili powder,salt and garam masala.
  3. Add lentils, rice and 3 cups of water. Give a quick stir.
  4. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Set Instant Pot to Manual(Hi) for 6 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  5. Open Instant Pot. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  6. Enjoy hot with Raita.




12 thoughts on “Sprouted Lentils Khichdi – Instant Pot

  1. Do you sprouts the lentils or do you buy them sprouted? How long does it take to sprout them? Any reason to use sprouted instead of unsprouted?

    1. Hi Adele, I sprout my lentils. It takes 2 days, 4-8 hours to soak( I soak overnight), then sprouting as long as you like. I have details on my blog on how to sprout. Sprouted lentils have more protein and are easily digestible. Although I have used unsprouted lentils in a pinch and they work fine. Just soak them for 4 hours.

      1. I’ve been looking into sprouting lentils for health benefits. So you still cook them after they’re sprouted in the pressure cooker? I’m confused on how to use the sprouted lentils in warm dishes.

        1. Depends on what lentils you sprouted. If it is the green lentils or masoor they taste well after cooking. Some lentils like sprouted mung beans taste great raw in salads.

    1. Yes! Its a favorite for my family too! Post also explains how to sprout lentils too! Makes it healthier.

    1. Me too Annika! Also, I have made this as stove-top recipe for years. Comes out equally delicious!

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