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Moong Dal Khichdi

Moong Dal Khichdi Delight: Recipes, Variations, and Health Benefits

Discover the wholesome simplicity of Moong Dal Khichdi with our easy-to-follow recipes. Explore the health benefits, variations like Bajra and Jowar Khichdi, and get answers to FAQs. Embrace the comfort of this nutritious dish and elevate your dining experience. Cook up a bowl of goodness today!
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‘Khichdi’, whether it’s the famous daily soap or food, brings smiles and satisfaction to our lives. Especially when it is served with its four friends. Don’t you know about the famous ‘Bihari’ quote that says, ‘Ek khichdi ke chaar yaar, ghee, dahi, papad aur achaar’? 

This quote is old but gold, just like ‘Khichdi’. 

So, today we are sharing the ‘moong dal khichdi’ recipe with you. We know you don’t want to eat ‘dal-chawal khichdi’ every other day. To make it more interesting, we are sharing two variations as well: ‘Bajra-moong dal khichdi’ and ‘Jowar-moong dal khichdi’. 

If you think that 'moong dal khichdi is a sick person's meal, let’s just say it is quite the opposite. 'Moong dal khichdi’ can prevent you from falling sick. How? That’s what we are going to talk about in the next section.

Table of Contents

  • Is Moong Dal Khichdi Healthy?
  • Bajra Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe
  • Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi
  • FAQs: Nutritious Simplicity: Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe
  • Let’s Make Some Khichdi Today!

Did You Know?

Green moong bean is native to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. From roots to tip, every part of the green moong bean plant serves a purpose. Green gram plant is also used as green manure for plants as it helps in fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere. The husk is soaked in water to be used as cattle feed. The harvested bean is green with the husk and yellow when dehusked, which is for your consumption.

Is Moong Dal Khichdi Healthy? 

Green moong dal or split yellow moong dal is the most convenient way of including manganese, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc, and vitamins B, C, and E. It also nourishes your body with protein and dietary fibre. All these nutrients are in just a small amount of calories. 

Moong dal has a cooling effect on the gut. That's why it is highly recommended to people suffering from diarrhoea, acid reflux (acidity), or high ‘pitta’ in the body. This has made it a dietary staple during the summer months in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh helping to beat the heat stroke.  

'Moong dal khichdi'  helps defend against several age-related conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help lower cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. 

So, how do you feel about consuming moong dal now? Let us know! 

Alright, it’s 'moong dal khichdi' recipe time now!

Moong Dal Khichdi

Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi

This is the simplest version of  'moong dal khichdi', made of moong dal and rice. You can make your version by adding chopped vegetables, changing the ‘tadka’ spices, etc. Let’s see the whole ingredient list, followed by step-by-step cooking methods.

Ingredients to Cook Moong Dal Khichdi

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 pieces green chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • salt as required
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 3 tablespoons A2 cow ghee
  • 1 inch of ginger

Cooking Instructions to Cook Moong Dal Khichdi

  • Wash and soak moong dal and rice in water for at least 30-40 minutes, or 1 hour.
  • Take a pressure cooker and heat it. Then, add ghee. 
  • Once ghee is heated, add in cumin seeds and finely chopped onions. After 2-3 minutes, when onions appear translucent, add chopped tomatoes, chopped chillies, and grated ginger, along with asafoetida and turmeric.
  • Saute them for a minute or two.
  • Then, add the drained rice and moong dal to the cooker. Give it a good mix and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Now, add water and salt as per taste and requirements. Cover the lid and cook it for 6 to 7 whistles on a medium heat.
  • Check for the consistency of the khichdi. If it’s thick, add more hot water and boil it for 2 to 3 minutes. Adjust salt as well. 
  • Add some finely chopped coriander leaves to the  'khichdi' and cover it for a few minutes. Before serving, drizzle some ghee and serve it with curd, pickles, and ‘papad’.

    Moong dal goes well with millets like Bajra and Jowar. Millet Khichdi is the easiest way to include millet benefits in your life. So, why miss out on such a recipe that’s delicious and packed with nutrients? 

    Let’s see how to make ‘bajra-moong dal khichdi’ first

    Moong Dal Khichdi


    Bajra Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe

    Bajra 'moong dal khichdi' is a mess-free way of including moong and bajra benefits in your diet. Here’s what you need to make a quick and delicious moong and millet khichdi. 

    Ingredients to Cook Bajra Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe

    • 0.5 cup bajra or pearl millet)
    • 0.5 cup split or green moong dal
    • 1 tablespoon A2 cow ghee 
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1/2 cup green peas
    • 1/2 cup chopped vegetables of your choice
    • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida or heeng
    • 1/4 inch chopped or grated ginger
    • 1-2 chopped green chillies
    • 3 cups water
    • Salt to taste
    • Chopped coriander for garnish

    Cooking Instructions to Cook Bajra Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe

    • Rinse and soak the Bajra overnight and moong dal for an hour.
    • Heat a pressure cooker on medium flame, and add ghee.
    • Then, add asafoetida and cumin. 
    • When the cumin seeds crackle, add the ginger and green chili and sauté it for a few seconds.
    • Then, add chopped vegetables and cook everything for 3 to 4 minutes.
    • Now, add bajra, green moong dal, 3 cups of water, and salt, and mix everything.
    • Put on the lid of the cooker and cook it for 6 to 7 whistles. Wait for the pressure to release naturally.
    • Then, remove the lid and check if the bajra is cooked. If not, pour more water and cook it as needed. 
    • Once done, garnish the ‘bajra moong dal khichdi'  with chopped coriander, and serve it hot with curd and papad. 

    If you aren’t a fan of bajra, there is no need to lose hope. Try out the ‘jowar moong dal khichdi’ recipe; you will like it. 

    Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi

    Jowar has been a staple of our ‘Dadi’s and Nani’s’ kitchen. You can make it your kitchen’s staple grain too by cooking it with moong dal. Jowar blends well with the flavours of moong dal and gives it a wholesome feel. Do you have the following ingredients in your kitchen?  

    Ingredients to Cook Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi

    • ½ cup jowar
    • ½ cup yellow split moong dal or green moong dal
    • ¼ cup green peas
    • ¼ cup chopped carrots
    • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
    • ⅛ cup of chopped 
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 tablespoon A2 cow ghee
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 1 green chilly
    • 1 teaspoon chopped or grated ginger
    • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida 
    • 2-3 cups water, or as needed
    • Salt to taste

    Cooking Instructions to Cook Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi

    The preparation and cooking method of ‘jowar moong dal khichdi’ is the same as the above-mentioned ‘bajra moong dal khichdi’. 

    • First, rinse and soak jowar overnight and moong dal for an hour. 
    • Stir-fry the vegetables in a mixture of ghee, cumin, ginger, green chillies, turmeric, and heeng. 
    • Then, add the drained jowar and moong dal, water, and salt. 
    • Cook it for 6 to 7 whistles, and once done, adjust the salt and consistency of  'khichdi' with water. 
    • For a final touch add chopped coriander leaves and ghee on top of it.

    Serve the ‘jowar moong dal khichdi’ with your favourite pickle or ‘chutney’ and enjoy.

    FAQs: Moong Dal Khichdi Delight: Recipes, Variations, and Health Benefits

    Which khichdi is good for weight loss?

    All kinds of  'khichdi' are good for weight loss. However, when made with moong dal and millet, they are more effective at losing weight. They are gluten-free, have a low glycemic index, keep you full for hours, are easy to digest and absorb, improve metabolism, and so on. 

    However, staying hydrated, eating a balanced meal, and having an active lifestyle are also contributing factors to weight loss. 

    When is the best time to eat moong dal khichdi?

    Khichdi can be consumed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner simply by regulating the portion size accordingly. Accompany it with curd, ‘papad’, pickles, salad, or stir-fried vegetables to make it more interesting.

    What is the history of moong?

    The mung bean is believed to be from the Indian subcontinent where it has been cultivated since 1500 BC. Later, it reached southern and eastern Asia, Africa, Austronesia, the Americas and the West Indies.

    Let’s Make Some Khichdi Today!

    Khichdi is like comfort in a small bowl; you don’t have to do much to cook it or eat it. It is the best thing you can do for your body when you are in a rush or are simply tired after a hectic day. It’s better than ordering food from outside because it practically takes 10 to 15 minutes to cook and spares you from the guilt of eating junk.  So, try out the 'moong dal khichdi' recipe with vegetables and millet, and enjoy a healthy, hearty meal. 

    We are asking you again: do you have all the ingredients to make khichdi? If not, head to Two Brothers Organic Farms to buy traditionally made A2 cow ghee, Salem Haldi/ turmeric, green moong dal, millets - jowar, bajra, kodo, and other best-quality products.

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