Masala Moong Dal Khichdi

The simplest dish can also be the most comforting. Masala Moong Dal Khichdi is an easy one pot dish made with rice, lentils, and a few basic spices that is ready in under 30 minutes. It's arguably India's most classic, hearty dish rooted in Ayurvedic traditions.

Khichdi is the preferred dish for those following Ayurvedic, self-healing diets. According to Ayurvedic traditions, moong dal can keep the Tridosha - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha - in balance and is regarded as a superfood. It's said to balance the body by naturally cleansing or detoxifying the system.

cook Time: 25 mins


– 2 teaspoon ghee – ½ cup basmati rice – ½ cup green split moong dal – 1 green chili, halved – pinch of asafoetida – ½ teaspoon cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon chili powder – ½ teaspoon turmeric – 1 teaspoon ground coriander – ½ teaspoon garam masala – 1 bay leaf


Rinse the dal and rice until the water runs clear


Add the ghee into a pot. When hot, add the spices and chilis and temper for a minute.


Add the washed lentils and rice into the pot. Give it a stir and roast in the oil for another minute. Cover with 5 cups of water. Simmer the khichdi for 25 minutes, checking on it in 5 minute intervals to stir and add more water if necessary. The khichdi is done when the lentils and rice have lost most of their structure and the excess water has evaporated.

Serve the khichdi hot with a dollop of ghee, papad, achaar, or dahi