Moong Daal Khichdi (lentil and rice porridge)

Most Indian food is simple to make and very, very rewarding to eat.

Khichdi pronounced as khich-ah-ree, is one such simple and satisfying meal of rice lentil and vegetables which can be cooked quickly without much fuss. Every Indian household makes khichdi and the taste and style of cooking may differ depending on the way it is prepared and the ingredients used. But a basic khichdi is usually made from white rice and yellow moong daal and without any strong spices. Yellow moong daal refers to skinned and split green mung beans. They are flat, yellow, quick cooking and easy to digest.



For most people khichdi is a cherished comfort food. For others it’s just a bland dish to be consumed when you are feeling under the weather. But the fact is that this lentil and rice combo can be a great item on special occasions too.  It all depends on the preparation and the way it is served. Some people add veggies and a lot of spices but my favorite is the plain oatmeal like khichdi of rice and lentils with just salt, black pepper and cumin as the spice. A hot bowl of khichdi is often accompanied with desi ghee (clarified butter), roasted papad, yogurt, mint chutney, salad and pickle. I have always liked eating mung daal khichdi with lemon pickle as it has a sharp and tangy taste and complements the non-spicy khichdi very well.




Moong daal Khichdi (lentil and rice porridge)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2

Khichdi is a porridge like meal of lentils and rice, very satisfying and healthy.


  • 1/2 cup yellow mung
  • 1/2 cup short grain rice
  • 2 tbsp onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil/butter
  • 1/4 tsp scant turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala (optional)
  • 1500 ml water (+-)
  • salt to taste


  1. Wash the rice and lentils well and mix together.
  2. Heat the oil/butter and when hot put cumin seeds.
  3. As soon as they sizzle and gets color add the onion and fry until it starts going light brown.
  4. Add rice, lentils, turmeric, ginger, and water.Season with salt and coarsely ground black pepper and garam masala (if using. I generally don't)
  5. Bring it to boil. Partially cover and simmer the whole thing for 30 minutes or until done, stirring once and check for water.
  6. Serve hot or warm with pickle, chutney, yogurt and desi ghee.

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    easyfoodsmith August 19, 2014 (5:15 am)

    Khichdi is a weekly affair at our house and we love khichri. I akso throw in some peas along with lentils.

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      Balvinder August 20, 2014 (8:17 pm)

      I sometimes do too.

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    Kitchen Belleicious August 19, 2014 (5:44 am)

    what a wonderful absolutely inviting dish!i love the flavors and the texture of it. Beautiful

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes August 20, 2014 (2:53 am)

    Well, as long as you have all the necessary spices, then Indian food is relative easy to prepare and delicious. I grew up eating rice porridge…but usually just simple plain rice porridge. Love the add of mung beans in your recipe.

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      Balvinder August 20, 2014 (8:21 pm)

      Even if you do not have all spices you still can make something good, like this khichdi. It has the ingredients which are very much staple in every home.

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    Heather August 20, 2014 (7:10 am)

    I am recently diagnosed with celiac disease and looking at your site makes me feel confident to try cooking Indian recipes. I am a vegetarian and I know Indian food is the best vegetarian food in the world 🙂 I would like to try this recipe, thank you so much for posting!

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      Balvinder August 20, 2014 (9:01 pm)

      Hi heather,
      Its true that Indian cuisine offers a wide range of vegetarian recipes because roughly half of Indian population is vegetarian. This khichdi is so easy to make and very satisfying. Thanks, I am glad you’re going to try it and can’t wait to hear what you think! Hope to see you around more!

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    Monica August 20, 2014 (10:34 am)

    I read “lentil and rice porridge” and I just want to sink myself into it. It sounds and looks wonderful! I’ve been fighting a little cold/virus the last few days but still starving all the time. How I wish I had this to dig into! It would be great any time.

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      Balvinder August 21, 2014 (6:16 am)

      It does taste wonderful with all the assortments, Monica. So sorry to hear that you have been fighting cold from few days, weather is changing, take lots of rest and eat simple food.

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    Choc Chip Uru August 21, 2014 (5:43 am)

    I am sick right now, so hope you get better soon my friend – I feel your pain!
    Lovely khichdi, perfect to getting well!

    Choc Chip Uru

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      Balvinder August 21, 2014 (6:21 am)

      Not me, its Monica who is sick. Anyway thanks my Guru Uru, khichdi is perfect to eat when your are sick or when you need some light and filling comfort food in summer.

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    Sridevi Ravi August 21, 2014 (7:00 am)

    This is a great comfort food and so easy on the system. After long trips, I normally make something like this but with whole mung dal cooked separately seasoned with onion and grated coconut. I can feel the pleasure of eating this satisfying dish. It has something to do with easing pain and calming down while injecting energy. Oh, I love it!

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      Balvinder August 28, 2014 (7:15 am)

      It is indeed a comfort food Sri, Thank you! I also do with whole mung and the post is on my blog under the name mung bean chili.

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    Carol August 22, 2014 (11:29 am)

    Looks so warm and inviting, I may have to try this recipe out when the weather gets a little cooler!

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      Balvinder August 28, 2014 (7:12 am)

      Carol, its an all season food! But thank you, though.

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    techie2mom August 25, 2014 (9:17 pm)

    khichdi is my favorite comfort food!! i can almost smell that comforting aroma!!

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      Balvinder August 28, 2014 (7:17 am)

      Thank you for stopping by, techie mom. I haven’t met anyone who doesnot love khichdi.

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