healthy quinoa khichdi (pilaf with vegetables) recipe

quinoa khichdi

So this has been a new recipe in my household.  We usually eat kichdi a few times a month, but lately we have been kind of tired eating it.  I wanted to put a twist plus add some more nutrition to the kichdi. So a few weeks ago I decided to use organic quinoa with a blend of rice and dhal with fresh vegetables and this recipe was a success!  My family (including my 10 month old)  loved it and we had no leftovers, so that’s a good sign!  Check out this delicious easy recipe!

healthy quinoa khichdi recipe
Recipe Type: healthy family meal
Cuisine: Indian food
Author: reena
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Serves: 4-5
A great family easy healthy meal that you can whip up in a pressure cooker just in minutes!
  • 1/2 cup of organic quinoa (in some grocery stores you can find a blend of organic rice and quinoa all ready to go to make it simpler)
  • 1/4 cup of organic basmati rice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of yellow dhal (yellow split peas found at Indian/middle eastern grocery stores)
  • 1/4 cup of green split moong dhal (found at Indian/middle eastern grocery stores)
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • ¼ tsp of turmeric (found at Indian/middle eastern stores) (optional)
  • chopped vegetables (any kind, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, spinach, bell peppers, carrots, eggplant, peas,& kale leaves)
  • ½ cup of water (or till vegetables and rice are dunked)
  • 1 tsp of organic ghee (purified butter) can be found at an indian or middle eastern grocery store
  • dollop of yogurt (optional)
  1. Rinse quinoa, rice, and both dhal’s in a bowl till the water is not so white and foggy. Drain all the water out. Pour into the pressure cooker and add all vegetables, ginger, garlic, ghee, and turmeric (optional). Add water into the cooker till all vegetables and rice are dunked about ½ cup. DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH WATER BECAUSE PRESSURE BUILDS UP WHICH CAN LEAK AND CAUSE A BURST WHEN OPENED. Let the pressure cooker build pressure up to 3-4 whistles, release air/steam from the cooker and open slowly to see if quinoa/rice and veggies are cooked. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt and enjoy this delicious meal.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.  The great thing about this meal is that you can make a big batch and also eat it the next day for lunch or dinner!  It’s a simple yet a healthy meal to have that kids enjoy without even knowing all the vegetables in there!  Share some of your recipe you enjoy making for your family!


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