Quinoa Masala Khichdi(Instant Pot)

Instant Pot Quinoa Masala Khichdi is a fabulous one-pot meal that’s super tasty, and quick and easy to prepare. Quinoa Khichdi is a healthier spin on traditional Indian khichdi. Made with quinoa and lentils, A delicious, nutritious one-pot meal with a throw of veggies , spices and generous amount of ghee that’s so comforting.

If you love one-pot meals that’s filling, healthy & super easy, than, you must not miss this Quinoa Masala Khichdi with vegetables.

Quinoa Masala Khichdi

Course: MainCuisine: Indian


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  • ½ cup Yellow moong dal (split and skinless)

  • ½ cup Quinoa

  • 1 Tbsp Ghee

  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds

  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds

  • 5-6 Curry leaves

  • ¼ tsp hing (Asafoetida)

  • ½ inch cinnamon

  • 2 cloves

  • ½ cup onion chopped

  • 1 Tbsp ginger paste or grated

  • 1 Tbsp garlic paste or grated

  • 1 green chilly, minced

  • 1 cup frozen green peas & carrot

  • 1 potato, diced

  • salt to taste

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder

  • 2 ½ cups Water


  • Combine moong dal and quinoa and wash it thoroughly, drain and set aside.
  • Turn on the instant pot with saute mode. Once hot add ghee and let it melt.
  • Add mustard seeds & cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add hing, cinnamon, cloves, curry leaves.
  • Immediately add green chili, onion, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onion becomes soft and there is no more raw smell of ginger garlic.
  • Add potatoes, carrot & peas , salt and spice powders . Mix everything well. Add rinsed moong dal, quinoa and water, stir.
  • Cover the instant pot with a lid (keep the valve to sealing position). Cancel the saute mode and pressure cook on manual (high pressure) for 5 minutes. Let it NPR (natural pressure release). Once the pin drops open the lid.
  • Give it a good stir,  it will solidify and thicken even more. Add another tablespoon of ghee if you like.
  • Serve with mango pickle, chaas, and papad! 

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