Masala Khichdi is a one-pot comfy, spicy and a super tasty meal. A bowl of masala khichdi has to be the most healthful and supreme comfort food of all the dishes. 

However, the majority of us love masala khichdi and utterly relishes its taste, but for some, it is a dish, which brings warmth and comfort in their sick days. 

Masala khichdi is a nutritious, delicious and easy-to-cook meal. It requires a minimum of our effort while blesses us with a maximum of deliciousness. 

Let's look into how this epitome of all the comfort dishes is prepared. 

Here's below a masala khichdi recipe with steps for you. 

  • Preparation time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 60 mins
  • Cuisine: Gujarati
  • Category: Main Course
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 340 cal
  • Author: Vasant Masala

Ingredients for masala khichdi recipe: 

For Masala Khichdi:

  • 1 cup of short-grain rice
  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1 cup chopped and peeled potato
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4th cup green peas
  • 1/4th cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped shimla mirch
  • 2 green chillies
  • 4 cups of water
  • A handful of chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder

For tempering (tadka) of masala khichdi: 

Procedure to make masala khichdi:

  • Wash rice and moong dal in cold water and soak them in water for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Take a pressure cooker and heat it by adding oil and ghee to it. 
  • Now add cumin seeds and mustard seeds, let them splutter and turn a little brown.  
  • After that, add black pepper powder, dried red chillies, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, hing powder and cloves.  
  • Now add all the chopped vegetables, green chillies, shimla mirch and green peas in the pressure cooker. Let them fry for a few seconds and stir the whole mixture slowly. Sauté all the vegetables until they start looking soft and mushy. 
  • After the whole mixture looks cooked, add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and ginger-garlic paste into the pressure cooker. 
  • Mix everything well and cook for 1 minute on medium heat. 
  • Drain the water from soaked moong dal and rice and add both to the pressure cooker. Stir everything on a low flame. 
  • Add 4 cups of water into the pressure cooker and close the lid. 
  • Keep the lid closed. Let the mixture cook on medium heat up to 3-4 whistles of the pressure cooker. 
  • Let the pressure cooker cool down for 5-10 minutes. After that, open the lid and sprinkle some garam masala to it and stir.
  • Now add coriander leaves and mix mildly. 


  • You can use basmati rice or any short-grain rice.
  • You can use tuver dal instead of moong dal. 
  • All the spices and salt can be added as per your taste and requirement.
  • You can increase or decrease the quantity of oil or ghee.
  • Clarified butter can be used in place of ghee. 
  • Vegetables can be added based on your choice and availability. 

How to serve masala khichdi?

For better taste and nice aroma, add a dollop of ghee to masala khichdi and serve it hot. To add more flavour, you can: 

  • Serve it with Gujarati kadhi.
  • Serve it with plain curd and papad.
  • Serve it with salad and pickle.
  • Serve it with raita.

What are the benefits of eating masala khichdi? 

Masala Khichdi is very healthy and a nutritious meal. It is very light on the stomach and easy to digest, making it the best dish for consuming when ill and for the elderly and babies. Masala khichdi is full of proteins, carbs and fibres, a complete vegetarian and a gluten-free dish.

Masala Khichdi is counted as the healthiest dish because of one of the main reason, i.e. it is full of spices. It is known to all that how much beneficial are Indian spices for health and so one should by no means miss out on eating this tasty and healthy masala khichdi. 

To stay healthy, make sure all the ingredients used in making masala khichdi are fresh and of good quality. And, when it comes to spices do not opt for loose spices, go for the packaged ones like spices of Vasant Masala. Spices from Vasant masala are handpicked, freshly grounded, authentic and 100% pure. You can buy them from the nearby grocery store or our e-store.