Instant Pot Khichdi


This khichdi Instant Pot recipe is made with two types of legumes, brown basmati rice, and goda masala, for a traditionally flavored Indian classic. Goda masala is a coconut-based seasoning, which gives this dish a fragrant and tasty edge. Khichdi is easy to digest, so it is nice for detox or when you want something light. Leftovers warm up nicely with a touch of water. This is a simple recipe; some cooks like to add vegetables to the sauté.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 cup brown basmati rice

  • ½ cup whole green mung beans

  • ¼ cup split yellow dal

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown mustard seeds

  • 8 tablespoons ghee, divided (Optional)

  • 1 shallot, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 1 tablespoon goda masala

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 cups water


  1. Rinse rice and mung beans. Cover with water and soak for 15 minutes. Rinse split yellow dal and add to rice and mung beans to soak for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Sauté function. Sauté cumin and mustard seeds in 2 tablespoons ghee until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add shallot and ginger; cook until shallot is tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add drained rice and legumes; stir to combine. Turn off Sauté function.

  3. Stir in goda masala, turmeric, pepper, and salt. Add water; stir well. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure and set the timer for 18 minutes according to manufacturer's instructions. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. Manually release any remaining pressure, 5 to 10 minutes more. Stir khichdi and divide between 6 bowls. Top each with 1 tablespoon remaining ghee.

Cook's Note:

See my recipe for goda masala.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
19g Fat
40g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 279mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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