Moogachi khichdi (Mung dal khichdi)

Comfort food on a Sattvic diet presents itself in the form of mung dal khichdi.

I make it quite often even when we’re not on a week of self denial but it never seemed tastier than it did that week. The added benefit – dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Also perfect for weeknights, busy nights and those ‘I want dinner over and done with’ nights.

Mung dal khichdi

Mung dal khichdi


1 cup basmati rice

1/2 cup mung dal

1/2  a green chilli (or more if you prefer)

6-8 curry leaves

1/2 a tablespoon of cumin seeds (jeera)

1 onion, chopped lengthwise

salt to taste

2 tablespoons of oil

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric (optional)

Khichdi with spicy potatoes

Khichdi with spicy potatoes


1. Wash and soak the rice and dal for about 1-2 hours.

2. In a pan, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds, chilli, curry leaves. When they sizzle add the onions and sauté till pink.

3. Add in the rice and dal and salt. Sauté till all the water evaporates.

4. Transfer to a microwave friendly bowl or rice cooker and microwave on high for about 16 minutes*. Alternatively, add enough water to cover the rice plus an inch above, and cook till done.

5. Serve hot. Pickle, yoghurt and papads, optional.


  • Leftovers are great for an office lunch.
  • I’ve served this today with some spicy potatoes.
  • The time in the microwave may vary depending on the wattage and the make of your equipment.

This post is part of the Back to Basics yoga detox diet that we practiced in preparation for the Summer Solstice on 21st June.

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14 Responses to Moogachi khichdi (Mung dal khichdi)

  1. Laurel Regan says:

    Looks delicious – I will have to try that some day. Thank you for sharing!

  2. pixie says:

    looks delicious! it looks like a distant cousin to the regular khichidi and pongal 🙂
    will try it out 🙂

  3. Shilpa Garg says:

    Mung dal khichdi is great for bust days, tired days and no time for cooking days and it tastes great! While we usually overcook it, I like your ‘khila-khila’ version too 🙂

  4. Yum! Sounds like a dry version of Khichdi, which I love!

  5. Rajlakshmi says:

    I too love this … more because it’s easy to make. I would love to know your way of making spicy potatoes. Do share 🙂

  6. Eli says:

    I love khichdi and anything even remotely similar to that – so a big YES from me – will for sure try you recipe. Seems sooo yum! Thanks for sharing:-)

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