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Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi served in a white bowl with green peas and carrot on top
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Quinoa Khichdi

Quinoa Vegetable Khichdi is one-pot ultimate comfort food prepared with quinoa, dal, veggies and some basic spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword instant pot quinoa khichdi, quinoa lentils
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 375kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml


Instant Pot Method

  • Firstly, press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add ghee or oil to the POT. Note: Tastes better with Ghee
  • Once its hot add in the bay leaf and cumin (jeera) seeds, let them splutter.
  • Add the chopped green chilies, ginger, and onions. Saute till onions turn light brown in color.
  • Then add mixed vegetables, tomato and cook for a minute.
  • Next, add the rinsed moong dal, quinoa, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, water, salt. Mix well. Also, deglaze the pot ie, make sure there is no food particle sticking to the pot to avoid burn alerts.
  • Furthermore, close the lid on the pot and set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and timer to 5 minutes.
  • After the pot beeps, Wait for NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE (NPR).
  • Lastly, Open the lid squeeze some lime juice and add cilantro and mix khichdi well.
    Note: If khichdi is not mushy or too dry then select saute mode and add an additional ½ cup of water and cook for another minute.
  • Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi recipe is ready, serve with either yogurt, raita, or kadhi.

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Follow the steps from the instant pot instructions. Give 2-3 whistles on medium flame and let the pressure release naturally. All the other steps remain the same. Pressure Cooker Quinoa Khichdi is ready to serve.



I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT.
  1. The water ratio in this recipe is 3 times the quinoa and lentils together which makes a soft, porridge-like consistency for the final dish.
  2. If you can’t find split yellow moong lentils, you can also use split green moong lentils too.
  3. You can also prepare the same khichdi with other grains like foxtail millet, kodo millet, rice.
  4. To make this Mix Vegetable Lentil Quinoa recipe Vegan, replace ghee with oil.
  5. You can also vary the vegetables added to this Quinoa vegetable khichdi. You can also use spinach, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 920mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6515IU | Vitamin C: 25.8mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 5.6mg