Mixed Vegetable Moong dal Khicdi – in pressure cooker

There are days you don’t feel like entering the kitchen, but then have hungry mouth’s to feed!! This Khicdi helps me on those days. All  i have to do is, do the tadka/tempering and put everything inside the cooker and lock the lid, WITHOUT WHISTLE for 25 minutes. That’s it!!! Yes, rice comes out so soft and fluffy. I read in a Facebook Group, while cooking raw rice in a pressure cooker, no need for whistle, just lock and cook in a dum. Rice really comes out real fluffy and you get a all in one healthy meal. 


2 Cups of Rice (i used the cup that comes with Electric Rice cooker)
1 Cup of Moong dal
1 Large Onion, chopped fine, (i didnt use, as i ran out of onions)
2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine (missed this one too)
2 tsp tomato puree
1 no Potato
1 no Carrot
1/2 cup green peas
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
salt to taste

2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 no red chilies, broken 
a sprig of curry leaves, torn into pieces


  • Take Rice and dal in a bowl together, wash it thrice and let it soak for 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat your pressure pan, add oil given under “Tempering”, splutter mustard seeds, crackle cumin, add red chilies and curry leaves 
  • Now add chopped onions and garlic to this and saute until onions turn translucent. Now next add the chopped veggies and tomato puree.
  • Saute them well for 2 minutes. Next add the drained rice and dal to this and saute for 2 minutes. Now add around 4 cups of water to this. Add Coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to this and mix well.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook in a simmer flame for 20-25 minutes without the Whistle.
  • Take it off the flame and let it cool 10 minutes. Remove the lid and serve it warm with a dollop of ghee and some crisps or raita by the side.
Sending this to Kids Delight – Nuts & Legumes, lunchbox friendly, happening @ +Srivalli Jetti‘s space. And also to MLLA-77, happening @ +Chef Mireille ‘s Space, an event by Lisa’s Kitchen


  • The Khicdi is very mildly spiced, i was making it for my kids so it is to their spice level. If you prefer extra spice, add 1/2 tsp red chili powder or 2 green chilies to the khicdi.