Moong Dal Khichdi

Indian Khichdi RecipeThe dish that provided the inspiration for kedgeree, Moong Dal Khichdi is the original Indian comfort food eaten in the home and at celebration across India. There a number of varieties of khichdi, but this recipe is about as basic as they come. Not that it suffers from its simplicity.

Unlike other Indian rice dishes – biryani, for instance – khichdi has a very soft, dense texture. It’s almost porridge-like, a result of the softened moong dal. You can see why it’s described as comfort food.

How to Make Khichdi

Spoonful after spoonful, this is the sort of dish that will never get old. It’s probably a good idea to portion it out. If you don’t, you could find yourself with an empty pan and a rather larger belly than before.

As for how to serve your moong dal khichdi, it’s as delicious with another curry as it is on its own. Use it as you would any other dal, but because of its consistency, khichdi is at its finest simply mopped up with flatbread.

Moong Dal Khichdi

Serves 3-4


  • 100g rice
  • 100g split mung beans (moong dal)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 chillies, finely sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • a handful of garden peas


  1. Soak the rice and moong dal together in cold water for half an hour. Rinse through with fresh water until it becomes clear.
  2. Tip the rice and dal into a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until both ingredients are softened.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan or wok. Gently toast the cumin seeds, followed by the onion, ginger paste, chillies, turmeric, salt and tomatoes.
  4. Allow the ingredients to thicken and cook down, adding water if necessary. Once the rice and dal are ready add the spice mixture to the pot, along with a handful of garden peas.
  5. Allow the dish to simmer together for 2 minutes and serve immediately with flatbreads.

Recipe for Khichdi Khichdi Recipe

Cost: Rice, dal and spices. Vegetarian Indian food is some of the cheapest available. Flavour per penny, you can see why many consider it the best cuisine in the world.

Even if I’m slightly overestimating the cost of ingredient in the recipe above, the khichdi still comes in under £1.

17 comments on “Moong Dal Khichdi

  1. Chica Andaluza
    March 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    How funny – we must have cooked and posted almost identical dishes this week at the same time! Yours looks delish 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Hah – that is strange. I find it often happens actually. Or I’m thinking about a dish and it pops up.

  2. Wings of Harmony
    March 5, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Every time you cook Indian food, I become a bigger fan of yours! 😀 Moong Dal Khichdi is one of our family’s Saturday dinner recipe! 😀 This one’s gonna be on the stove soon! 😀 Looks YUM!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      I’ll have to make sure I do more. I plan to do a new dish tonight actually. I’ll be making more khichdi too. It’s great.

      • Wings of Harmony
        March 14, 2015 at 6:37 am

        Have you tried yellow lentils khichdi? Or another version where you can add a lot of veggies – khichdi becomes a combo of “pulao” and “khichdi” 😀 Waiting for your new dish!

        • frugalfeeding
          March 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

          No, I haven’t – I’ve been thinking about doing a second version too. Thanks for the info!

  3. malvikajaswal
    March 8, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Looks beautiful!

  4. Shu Han
    March 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I believe this is one of those really healing dishes in Ayurveda too. I make this quite often, every week, will try it out with your combination of spices next week! I don’t believe in full-on liquid detoxes and crazy juice cleanses- this is the perfect kind of little reset for the body 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Exactly – just always eat healthy food and things will be fine.

  5. Promenade Claire
    March 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I remember “borrowinG” q book from my mu – a Sainsburys cook book of indian and far eastern cookery and the Khichdi was one of the first I ever made. A favourite to this day and definitely fits in with the frugal theme

    • frugalfeeding
      March 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Quite an obscure dish to try as your first! I’m impressed. I think I’ll make it again tonight.

  6. odelleasmith
    March 14, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Must try this dish, looks tasty, can easily imagine eating it with bread before the main meal.
    I could eat this cold as a side dish, great mix of spices, full of flavour.
    I’ll certainly try this out next time we have an Indian meal.
    This looks like it’s on my list of comfort foods.
    Thank you for recipe with easy to follow step by step instructions.
    Odelle Smith. ( U.K.)

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2015 at 10:38 am

      My pleasure, Odelle. This is proper comfort food indeed.

  7. Meta Mint
    April 13, 2015 at 6:55 am

    In ayurveda this is the fasting meal…you go a few days only eating khichidi, it’s the only fasting I like:)

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      That sounds excellent! I’ll have to try it 🙂

  8. virasat restaurant
    July 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Khichdi is the very tasty and healthy food. nice recipe thanks for sharing.

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