Quinoa Khichdi with Vegetables and Masoor Dal


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup masoor dal (red lentils)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 4 cardamom pods whole
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chopped green beans / french beans
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp fried cashews pieces
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ghee


  1. Add the ghee to a deep bottomed pan and put it on medium heat
  2. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and chopped onions
  3. Sauté till the onions turns translucent
  4. Add ginger, green chillies, turmeric, vegetables, quinoa and masoor dal
  5. Toss for about three minutes to immerse the grain and the vegetables with the spices
  6. Add four cups water and salt and simmer on a slow flame till cooked and the water is all absorbed. It should be light and fluffy
  7. Add crushed cashews as garnish to give it a nutty flavor
  8. Serve khichdi / khichadi with papad and tomato chutney

Serves: 4

Inspiration source:

India Currents, Nov 2014 – page 58


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