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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, vegetable quinoa khichdi
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



Instant Pot Method

  • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Heat oil (or ghee). Add in the bay leaf and cumin (jeera) seeds. Let cumin seeds splutter.
  • Add the chopped green chilies, ginger, and onions. Saute till onions turn light brown.
    steps to saute cumin bay leaf and onions collage
  • Then add mixed vegetables, tomato and cook for a minute.
  • Next, add the rinsed moong dal, quinoa, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, water, and salt. Mix well. Also, deglaze the pot, i.e., and make sure there is no food particle sticking to the pot to avoid burn alerts.
    steps to cook mix vegetables like carrot,peas,beans and tomato collage
  • Close the lid securely, and turn the vent to "SEALING". Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL (High Pressure) setting and set the cooking time to 5 minutes.
  • When the instant pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure before removing the lid.
  • Lastly, Open the lid, squeeze some lime juice, add coriander leaves and mix the khichdi well.
    Note: If khichdi is not mushy or too dry, select saute mode. Then add ½ cup of water and cook for another minute.
    cooked quinoa khichdi in the instant pot insert garnished with coriander leaves
  • 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.


  • Water Ratio: The water ratio used in this recipe is 3 times the quinoa and lentils together. This helps to make a soft, porridge-like consistency for the final dish.
  • Lentils: If you can’t find split yellow moong lentils, you can also use split green moong lentils, masoor dal (pink lentils), or toor dal (split pigeon peas).
  • Other Grains: You can also prepare the same khichdi with other grains like foxtail millet, Kodo millet, and rice.
  • Vegan: To make this Mix Vegetable Lentil Quinoa recipe Vegan, replace ghee with oil.
  • Add vegetables: You can also vary the vegetables added to this Quinoa vegetable khichdi. You can also use spinach, potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower.
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