Rice and Lentil Porridge -Instant Pot Khichdi

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Rice and Lentil Porridge -Instant Pot Khichdi is quick and easy to make. It’s a one pot rice and lentil Instant Pot meal. There’s something special about eating khichdi on a cold winter day.

Khichdi is meant to be a fairly mild, but the flavor of ghee and turmeric is deep. Oh so deep.

As a child, cold days of winter would often begin with the wonderful smell of khichdi cooked in the pressure cooker. 

What is Khichdi?

Khichdi is made with rice and lentils. It’s a savory salty rice porridge that is often served for lunch or dinner. Khichdi is made with different spices and typically served with yogurt, pickle, potatoes, ghee, or chutney.

What ingredients to I need to make Rice and Lentil Porridge -Instant Pot Khichdi?

 Rice, yellow split moong daal, ghee, cumin seeds, bay leaf, ground turmeric, water, salt, and asafoetida.

How do I make Rice and Lentil Porridge -Instant Pot Khichdi?

Firstly, rinse the lentils and rice a few times. Additionally, soak rice and lentils in water for about 20 minutes.

Further, when ready to cook select sauté on the instant pot and add ghee.

Furthermore, when the ghee is hot add asafoetida, cumin seeds, and bay leaf.

Additionally, when the cumin seeds splutter add the rice, lentils, water, turmeric, and salt.

And give it a good stir. Close the lid with the pressure valve sealed. Select manual for 12 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 6 minutes. Then quick release the pressure.

Finally, serve khichdi with yogurt, pickle, potatoes, ghee, or chutney.

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Rice and Lentil Porridge -Instant Pot Khichdi

This khichdi recipe is very easy to make, quick and is the perfect comfort food.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time is included in the prep time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Khichdi, Instant Pot Rice and Lentil Porridge
Servings: 4
Author: Shilpa

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep

  • Rinse the lentils and rice a few times and discard the water.
  • Soak the lentils and rice in 2 cups water for 20 minutes.

Cook

  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal.
  • Add ghee to the pot. When the ghee is hot add asafoetida, cumin seeds, and the bay leaf.
  • When the cumin seeds splutter add rice, lentils, and 5.5 cups water.
  • Then add ground turmeric and salt. Give it a good stir.
  • Press cancel. Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 12 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 6 minutes.
  • After 6 minutes are up use quick pressure release and open the lid. Discard the bay leaf.
  • Serve hot with ghee, yogurt, pickle or chutney.

Notes

Khichdi is best when eaten hot and freshly cooked. If you decide to refrigerate it please make sure to add some extra water (few tablespoons depending on the leftovers) before reheating. Khichdi tends to get clumpy and dry when stored in the refrigerator so adding water and crushing it with a spoon helps it regain its mushy texture.
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