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Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi (Instant Pot & Pressure cooker method)

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Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi is a nutrient-dense, filling, and comforting khichdi or a one-pot meal. It is made with whole Jowar or Sorghum and split moong dal. This Millet and dal khichdi is a simple fuss-free no onion-no garlic comforting meal.

Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi served in a grey bowl, with curd and some papad

It is a one-pot meal that can be made without any babysitting in an Instant pot or a stove-top pressure cooker. 

A simple khichdi in which rice is replaced with gluten-free Jowar millet. The khichdi can be made simple with just jowar and dal or one can jazz it up with some good amount of veggies and masalas. 

What is Jowar? 

Jowar is a whole grain known as Sorghum in English. It is considered good to be consumed in the summer months and is one of the staple foods of India. 

Jowar is rich in iron and fiber and is believed to be good for bone health, diabetes, heart health, improves digestion, helps in weight loss, and boosts energy levels. (Source Internet)

Millet and dal Khichdi served in a grey bowl

Recipes with Jowar

I like to include this summer-friendly millet in my diet in various forms. I make this Jowar Pulao which is a filling one-pot meal loaded with veggies. Jowar is also ground into flour to make Rotis, bhakris, cheela, dosa, etc. I make cheela and idli (Recipe coming soon) and for our sweet cravings these Eggless and Gluten-Free Chocolate Jowar cookies

The second main ingredient Moong Dal

Moong Dal, also known as split green gram or yellow lentils is again a rich source of proteins for vegetarians. It too has various health benefits and is one of the staple food in Indian cooking. Moong dal is also considered light on the tummy as compared to other lentils. Hence it is one of the main dal consumed if you have a sick tummy or are sick.

Moong dal is one of my favorite dals of all and I would say the second most consumed after toor dal in my house. I use both the yellow and green varieties to make various recipes.

I love to make this Moong dal Cheela, Moong Dal and Rice Khichdi, Moong dal, and Daliya khichdi, Moong Dal Pakoda, Khasta Moong Dal Dry Kachori, Rajasthani Paush Bada/Vada or Posh Bada or this moong dal Halwa. There are many more recipes that I make with this dal and it’s difficult to list them all down here.

So coming to today’s recipe of Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi it is a simple one-pot khichdi made in a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot. It is loaded with vegetables and spices. 

Jowar Millet and dal Khichdi served in a grey bowl served in a grey bowl, with curd and some papad

Prep work for Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi

The only thing is that you would need to soak the Jowar for 2-3 hours or overnight. If I am in a hurry I soak it in lukewarm water for 30 minutes, however soaking for longer is advisable. Moong dal too needs to be soaked. However, soaking moong dal for 30 minutes is sufficient. 

I have added masala and veggies to add to the taste. One can skip the veggies completely, but it is a good way to add to your diet if you are looking to sneak in some good things. 

What veggies can go in Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi

Today I have added tomatoes, carrots, and green peas. I even like to add some spinach, corn, or peppers. Any type of green veggies can be added to this. 

Is this Vegan?

I have used ghee for the tadka or to cook the khichdi. If you are vegan you can replace the ghee with oil. 

Is this Gluten-free

I am using gluten-free asafoetida in the tadka. Asafoetida helps in digestion. Store-bought asafoetida powder has wheat in it and hence is not gluten-free. If you are gluten intolerant it is best to skip asafoetida or use gluten-free asafoetida or in rock form. The remaining ingredients of the khichdi are gluten-free

Can the khichdi be refrigerated?

Yes, the khichdi can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.

Can the khichdi be frozen?

I have not frozen the khichdi, however one can. Just defrost it before using it. 

Instant pot/Pressure cooker or Open pot

I prefer to cook such one-pot meals in Instant Pot or a pressure cooker. It saves a lot of time. However, it still can be made in an open pot. Just that the cooking time would be a bit more.

Few more Khichdi recipes on my blog

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Bhoger Khichuri | Bengali Khichuri | Bhaja Muger Dal Khichuri
Bhoger Khichuri is a traditional Bengali khichdi which is a no onion no garlic khichdi and is prepared during festivals and offered as prasad.
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Bajra and Split Green Moong Dal Khichdi
Bajra and Split Green Moong Dal Khichdi is a healthy and protein rich, winter favourite one-pot meal done on a stove top pressure cooker or an Instant pot.
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Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi | Buckwheat Khichdi
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Jowar Moong Dal Khichd served in a grey bowl, with curd and some papad
Jowar Moong Dal Khichd served in a grey bowl, with curd and some papad

Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi (Instant Pot & Pressure cooker method)

Jowar Moong Dal Khichdi is a nutrient-dense, filling and comforting khichdi or a one-pot meal made using Jowar or Sorghum and split moong dal.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Recipes, Khichdi, One Pot Meal, Pressure Cooker Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Soaking Time: 6 hours
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Jowar
  • ½ Cup Yellow Split Moong Dal can be replaced with green Moong Dal
  • ¼ Cup Green peas
  • ¼ Cup carrots chopped
  • ¼ Cup Tomatoes Chopped
  • cup of coriander chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Clarified Butter Ghee – Can be replaced with Oil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1 teaspoon chopped or grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida ** Gluten intolerant people please read notes
  • 2-3 Cups water If you need liquid consistency add 3 cups or 2 cups is sufficient for normal khichdi consistency
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse the Jowar pearls 2-3 times in clean tap water
  • Soak the jowar pearls for 6-8 hours. If you have forgotten to soak the jowar, soak them in hot water for at least 30-60 minutes.
  • Rinse the moong dal and soak it for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Instant Pot method

  • Switch on the Instant Pot.
  • Put it on saute mode for 20 minutes.
  • Add ghee or oil.
    1 tablespoon Clarified Butter
  • Once hot add cumin seeds and let it crackle.
    1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Then add ginger, green chilly and asafoetida (if using)
    1 green chilly, 1 teaspoon chopped or grated ginger, ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
  • Saute it for a few seconds.
  • Add the veggies, turmeric powder and mix everything.
    ¼ Cup Green peas, ¼ Cup carrots chopped, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ Cup Tomatoes Chopped
  • Add the soaked jowar pearls, soaked moong dal, water, salt and chopped coriander.
    ½ Cup Jowar, ½ Cup Yellow Split Moong Dal, 2-3 Cups water, Salt to taste, ⅛ cup of coriander chopped
  • Give everything a nice mix.
  • Close the instant pot lid and cancel the saute mode.
  • Put the instant pot on a pressure-cook mode in sealing mode for 20 minutes.
  • Once done let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the lid once the pin has dropped.

Pressure Cooker method

  • Switch on the stove and put on the pressure cooker without the lid.
  • Add ghee or oil.
    1 tablespoon Clarified Butter
  • Once hot add cumin seeds and let it crackle.
    1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Then add ginger, green chilly and asafoetida (if using)
    1 green chilly, 1 teaspoon chopped or grated ginger, ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
  • Saute it for a few seconds.
  • Add the veggies, turmeric powder and mix everything.
    ¼ Cup Green peas, ¼ Cup Tomatoes Chopped, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ Cup carrots chopped
  • Add the soaked jowar pearls, soaked moong dal, water, salt and chopped coriander.
    ½ Cup Jowar, ½ Cup Yellow Split Moong Dal, 2-3 Cups water, Salt to taste, ⅛ cup of coriander chopped
  • Give everything a nice mix.
  • Close the lid and cook it for 4-5 whistles or according to your pressure cooker settings. (It will take 1-2 whistles more than the normal dal rice khichdi).
  • Once done let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the lid.
  • Adjust the khichdi to the consistency required if it is liquid, by simmering it for a few minutes.
  • Serve it hot with a dollop of ghee, curd and papad.

Notes

  • Standard US Size Cups used
  • Vegetables can be substituted by other veggies. Read above for substitutions.
  • Store-bought asafoetida powder has wheat in it and hence is not gluten-free. If you are gluten intolerant it is best to skip asafoetida or use gluten-free asafoetida or in rock form.
 
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