Easy lentil and rice stew recipe for the Instant Pot

July 29, 2023
Khichdi ( veggie lentil and rice stew) is a traditional healthy Indian food which is a unique blend of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals that is easy to digest. It is traditionally the first meal given to a new mother after she gives birth.
I shared this recipe with multiple new moms and friends, who called it a pot of gold.
  • Serves 3-4
  • Cooking time 35 min (almost all is hands off)
  • Cleaning time 5 min

  • ½ cup rice (brown or white)
  • ½ cup yellow or green lentils (moong dal, available in Indian stores)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter, available in Indian stores) or olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional — and really nice for a hearty touch: ½ cup chopped frozen or dry or fresh veggies such as tomato, spinach, carrots, peas.


  1. Wash the rice and Moong Dal in a large bowl or pot.
  2. Turn on “Saute” mode on instant pot
  3. Add 2 teaspoon of ghee or olive oil
  4. When ghee is melted, add turmeric, cumin and veggie mix and saute for 30-40 secs
  5. Add 4 cups of water
  6. Add salt
  7. Turn instant pot setting to pressure cooker
  8. Put on and close the lid
  9. Set the pressure cook time for 25 min
  10. After 25 min are done, wait for 10 min for steam to release. Serve hot. It’s best with a teaspoon of ghee on top and alongside a scoop of plain yogurt.
  11. Enjoy!

To reheat, add a splash of water and boil it for 5 min

Adding turmeric and cumin

Adding veggies

Adding rice and lentils

Adding water