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Instant Pot Khichdi

Learn how to make Masala Khichdi using an Instant Pot with the help of short video and detailed step by step directions. This nutritious one-pot dish is a combination of rice and lentils, vegetables and some powerful spices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Gluten free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 243kcal


  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium-size red or white onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green chilies chopped (optional)
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup frozen corn
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam Masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Asafoetida optional
  • 1 cup rice sona masoori rice or jasmine rice
  • ½ cup masoor dal Split Red Lentil
  • 4 cups water add 1 more if like a porridge consistency


  • Add oil to inner pot in Instant Pot and press the saute setting.
    2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • As the oil heats up, add cumin seeds.
    1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Follow up by adding onions, grated ginger, and green chilies. Stir constantly for a minute.
    1 medium-size red or white onion chopped, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 2 green chilies chopped (optional)
  • Add tomatoes and continue to stir for at least a minute.
    1 large tomato chopped
  • Add all the spices and stir continuously for 1-2 minutes.
    ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon garam Masala powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • Now add all veggies and salt and continue to mix them well to get an even coat of spices on the veggies.
    ¼ cup frozen peas, ¼ cup frozen corn, 2 carrots chopped
  • Add rinsed rice, lentils, and water. Give it a good stir one last time.
    1 cup rice, ½ cup masoor dal, 4 cups water
  • Close the lid of the instant pot and turn the steam release handle to the sealing position. Select the pressure cooking option and set the time for 7 minutes.
  • When time is up open the lid using natural release.
  • Instant Pot Masala Khichdi is ready! Mix and serve hot with your favorite chips or Indian pickles!



  • The best and authentic khichdi recipe calls a mushy and soft texture, served hot. But it comes down to your preference. 
  • Using Jasmine rice helps in getting the consistency of khichdi.
  • If you are not using an Instant Pot, be sure to separate the boiled veggies from the water before you mix them.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg