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A Comforting One Pot Meal – Wholegrain, Millet and veggie Khichdi

24 January 2012 17 Comments

millet lentil and veggie khichdi

Do you have a family dish which you prefer at times when you feel lazy to cook but do not wish to compromise on comfort and health quotient? Its Khichdi for my family. A hotch potch medley of wholegrain, millet, lentils and vegetables, Khichdi is an easy &  filling one pot meal and has all the necessary ingredients of a balanced diet which could be cooked quickly without much fuss. Carbohydrates from rice (or any grain), fiber from millet, protein form lentils and vitamins & minerals from veggies make this recipe a complete meal in itself.

Khichdi is the first solid food I was fed by mom and I followed the same meticulously with both my children barring a few days of formula food. This recipe is the one I often make when I am logger heads with time or just plain lazy and need an easy, quick fix meal.

Food is the most primitive form of comfort‘, holds true for this humble recipe. A great time savior and a very popular dish inIndia, each recipe of Khichdi takes a distinct hallmark of that family. Most of the winter nights are followed with a hot piping bowl of Khichdi, stir fried veggies, Poppadums and my mango pickle. Oh..and spoonfuls of butter too (Shh..)

The most common method of cooking Khichdi is using just the two key ingredients rice and lentil and cooking the same till it becomes mushy, hence the name Khichdi (means mushy in Hindi). This simple form of Khichdi is introduced as the first food to infants in many houses and is also given to sick and weak people.

Spices and veggies are added to the recipe to make it more rich and scrumptious. But my favorite is always the plain semi liquid Khichdi of rice and lentils with just salt and black pepper in it.

I was a bit hesitant to post a Khichdi recipe here as there is nothing spectacular about this recipe. But then could not resist sharing a few simple tricks and techniques I use to make my Khichdi a delight.


A Comforting One Pot Meal - Wholegrain, Millet and veggie Khichdi recipe


(Serve 2)

  • 3/4 cup white or brown rice
  • 1/2 cup Lentils (split green gram)
  • 1/4 cup Millet (sorghum or Jowar)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup mixed vegetable
  • 4 cups of water or more


  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 green chilly
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • Salt as desired
  • A pinch of Asafoetida

A Comforting One Pot Meal - Wholegrain, Millet and veggie Khichdi recipe

Method; Washa soak the rice, lentils and millets in clean water till you assemble other ingredients for the recipe.

Peel and chop onion and all the veggies you are using in the recipe. Vegetbales such as Peas, potatoes, beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, corn and spinach goes well with Khichdi. Slit the green chilly into two.

A Comforting One Pot Meal - Wholegrain, Millet and veggie Khichdi recipe

Heat oil in a pressure cooker or any heavy bottom vessel and add cumin seeds, cloves, cardamon, asafetida powder, green chilly and sliced onion in it. Sauté for a few minutes and add soaked rice, lentil, millet and all the chopped veggies in it.

Pour 2 cups of water and cook for two whistles or till it become soft and mushy. Take off from the flame and slightly mash the cooked content with the back of a ladle.

Pour 2 cups of hot water in the mushy Khichdi and mix everything well. Add more water if you like runny texture

A Comforting One Pot Meal - Wholegrain, Millet and veggie Khichdi recipe

This Khichdi is another version cooked with lentils and couscous (broken wheat or Dalia) in the same manner as above.

A Comforting One Pot Meal - Wholegrain, Millet and veggie Khichdi recipe

My comfort meal…

Serve the Khichdi hot with yogurt Raita and stir fried veggies such as Broccoli, carrot sticks, cucumber.  Add an extra spoon of fresh butter to increase the taste and yum quotient of this comfort ‘one pot meal’.

How do you cook your Khichdi, would love to hear from you?


  1. Check the Glossary page for translation of terms mentioned in Hindi to that in English.
  2. Use a mixture of lentils and various Millet to make Khichdi.
  3. Replace green chilly with ½ tsp. of black pepper powder for a different flavor.
  4. Many use Garam masala powder to spice their Khchdi.



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  • sharmi said:

    My Son loves this, planning to make it tomorrow! I do not make it regularly though. When I saw your pic I thought it would make my work so easy:)

  • Shabbir said:

    my goodness…spread of desi ghee add a lot to taste…remind me of my kiddi dayz…

  • Yuri - Chef Pandita said:

    Mmm great spices in there 🙂 Looks warm and comforting. I got millet at home but I’ve only made millet pilaf… Love experimenting with new grains and seeds.
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  • sumi said:

    HI Sanjeeta, is Jowar/sorgham the same as Kambhu in Tamil Any Idea?
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Sumi, Yes, Kambu is a form of millet. Just make sure you get the de husked variety, as the normal Kambu is difficult to cook and takes lot of time to cook. You can even remove the husk by pounding the grains in a mortar and pestle a home.

  • Deepa said:

    Amazingly delicious and yummy looking Khichdi. Already noted it down.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Padhu said:

    Healthy and comforting meal

  • Sharmilee said:

    Wow what a nice combination kitchadi…flavourful healthy and yummy..Who will say no to it 🙂

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook said:

    There are so many colorful and nutritious ingredients in this! I know what you mean by putting extra effort to make this. You take beautiful photos!
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  • Priya said:

    Nutritious and protein packed khichidi..loving it.
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  • simply.food said:

    Wow looks delicious, very innovative adding millet that new but very healthy.
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  • Nelly Rodriguez said:

    I’ve never had millet but it looks amazing! Must try it soon!
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  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry said:

    looks so comforting, esp crave for this when the weather is this cold…
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  • Kiran said:

    I love this reecipe, I have never made kichidi with millet. Will give it a go next week 🙂 Thanks for sharing 😀
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Kiran, Thanks..long time, hope you are doing well.

  • juniakk @ mis pensamientos said:

    what a delicious meal. i love how it is clean and full of healthy veggies and whole grains. 🙂 have a great day!
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  • viswa said:

    Love this absolutely. I think i could try the same without rice and it would be tasty still
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