Green Moong Dal Khichdi

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Green Moong Dal Khichdi

Sometimes you don’t want to cook two different dishes, one for yourself and one for your baby. Or if you have two kids and one of them is a baby, you want to make something that both will enjoy. Khichdis come in handy at such times. You just need to spice up the khichdi slightly, not too much though. After the khichdi is cooked, you can make it more runny for the baby by cooking it for a minute longer after adding some water. If your baby is not big enough to chew properly, you should mash it finely before feeding it to him/her. I spiced up this khichdi by adding khada masalas to it. If your baby’s not used to spicy food, you can omit adding clove and peppercorns. Devansh usually likes rice dishes and he liked this khichdi too. The consistency of the green moong dal khichdi in the pic you see is how we ate it. I had to make it runny for Devansh by adding some more water.

Green Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe

Wholesome green moong dal khichdi recipe, useful when you don't want to cook two different dishes, one for yourself and one for your child.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp rice
  • 1 tbsp green moong dal split green gram
  • 1 medium-size carrot finely chopped
  • 1/4 th cup green peas
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove optional
  • 2-3 peppercorns coarsely crushed (optional)
  • Half tsp cumin seeds/ jeera powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Wash dal and rice. (If I am not using organic grains, I soak them in water for about 10-15 minutes so that at least the water soluble pesticides can be taken out.) The proportion of rice:dal should be 2:1. Since I made this khichdi for us as well as Devansh I used more dal and rice than the quantity written above. But when I make any khichdi only for Devansh 3-4 tbsp of grains are sufficient for him.
  • Heat a pan and add ghee.
  • When the ghee melts, add cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds splutter, add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, clove, and crushed peppercorns. (If you are making this khichdi for babies, use jeera powder instead of cumin seeds. Also, don't add clove and peppercorns as they will make the khichdi slightly spicy.)
  • Add carrots and green peas and sauté for a minute.
  • Add washed dal and rice and sauté for another minute.
  • Add salt, mix it well with dal and rice, and then add about one and half cup of water. (Decide on the quantity of water depending on the desired consistency of the khichdi.)
  • Cook in a pressure cooker for 10-15 minutes on medium flame. (Approximately 7-8 whistles.) This time again will depend on your child's age. For babies, you may need to cook the khichdi for a longer time.
  • Take out the bay leaf, clove, and cinnamon stick. Before feeding the khichdi to your baby, mash it finely or coarsely depending on the baby's age.

10 thoughts on “Green Moong Dal Khichdi”

  1. Hi Mukta.. thank you so much for great receipies. my son Akshit is 8 months old now and i am looking for variety tasty and healthy receipies to statisy his tastebirds.. ;-).. just one quick question.. i didnt find search tab in your blog.. how to search any recepies.

  2. Hi Lalita,

    I'm glad you liked the recipes. Regarding the search functionality, I'm afraid I haven't added the search box on my blog yet. Soon I promise. 🙂

    Meanwhile you'll be able to view age-wise recipes by clicking labels like "Food for seven months baby", "Food for ten months baby" etc. (Look under LABELS)

    Ingredients-wise recipes are listed under RECIPES BY INGREDIENTS.

    You can view all the recipes by clicking on the Blog Index link (which you'll find in the top-left pane.)

    Thank you for your suggestion of including Search functionality. I will try and add the box soon. Take care. 🙂

  3. Hi Chanchal…I discovered…wonder if I can use this word :-))..this khichdi when Devansh was a lot older around 1.8 or 2 years old…but I used to give him mixed daal khichdi when he was around 7-8 months old and that had green gram…the peels are a concern with that lentil….for mixed daal khichdi, I used to grind the roasted daals in a blender (coarsely) before cooking them…for this khichdi too you can try roasting it first and then grinding it in a mixer…or if you are cooking it without grinding the daal, then mash it properly before feeding it to Myra to ensure that the peels don't pose a problem for her while swallowing…

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