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Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi

Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi with vegetables is a healthy, delicious, effortless one-pot meal that's so easy to make in an electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot. This Quinoa moong dal Khichdi is packed with flavors, nutrition & all the goodness of the super-food- Quinoa. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi, Quinoa Khichdi, Quinoa moong dal khichdi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Meghna Chakraborty



How to cook Quinoa Khichdi in Instant Pot?

  • Press the SAUTE button in the IP & set it to NORMAL.
  • Add ghee & when it's moderately hot throw in the whole cumin seeds + the bay leaf. Allow them to sizzle for a few seconds.
  • Now, add the onions & saute for 1 min.
  • Add the carrots, green beans & peas (if using fresh green peas). Saute for about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes & mix in. 
  • Next, add the ginger & mix in. Add the spices too & saute until fragrant. It should take you another minute or so.
  • Now, add the rinsed quinoa + moong dal. Mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour water. Press the CANCEL button in the IP. Close the lid of the IP & set the valve to sealing position.
  • Next, press the PRESSURE COOK button & set it to HIGH for 4 mins.
  • After 4 mins when the IP begins to beep DO NOT do a QPR (Quick pressure release) instead wait for NPR (natural pressure release) for 2-3 mins. Than, release the rest of the pressure & open the lid carefully.
  • Serve the Quinoa moong dal khichdi hot. Garnish with generous amount of ghee & chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

How to cook Quinoa Moong Dal Khichdi in a Pressure Cooker?

  • Follow the same recipe. Instead of using an Instant Pot use a regular pressure cooker.
  • Do the sauteing & mixing over medium heat.
  • After adding water to the pot close the lid of the pressure cooker & cook the vegetable quinoa khichdi over medium heat for 2 whistles. 
  • After 2 whistles immediately turn off the heat & do a quick pressure release.
  • Serve hot garnished with ghee & chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

How to make Quinoa Khichdi for weight loss in a pot on the stove top?

  • The recipe remains the same. Instead of using an Instant pot use a deep bottomed pan with a cover or a kadai.
  • Do the sauteing & mixing of the veggies & spices over medium heat.
  • Next after adding water to the pot. Cover it with the lid & cook over medium low heat for about 15 mins. Do check in between.
  • When done serve hot with lots of ghee & chopped cilantro. Enjoy!



  1. Instant Pot Abbreviations used in this post - IP = Instant Pot, QPR = Quick pressure release, NPR = Natural pressure release.
  2. VEGAN Quinoa Khichdi : Omit the ghee.
  3. Fresh Peas = Add with the rest of the veggies.
  4. Frozen Pease = Add once the Quinoa Khichdi is cooked. Just mix in the frozen thawed peas with the Khichdi. Frozen peas are pre-cooked.
  5. If you love spicy khichdi do add chopped green chilies. You can add them along with the grated ginger. If adding chili powder add it along with the other spices.
  6. Use fresh dal always & choose organic whenever possible. Old dal will take longer to cook. 
  7. Rinse the white quinoa very well under running tap water. You'll not end up with bitter tasting quinoa in the khichdi.
  8. I used 50:50 Quinoa : Moong Dal ratio but you may also use 1:2 (quinoa:dal) if you prefer more dal flavor in your khichdi.
  9. 3 cups liquid will yeild slightly thin Khichdi whereas, 2.5 cups liquid will yeild a consistency towards the thicker side.
  10. Cooking in ghee is not mandatory. But, ghee sure does boost the taste quotient manifold! But, the choice is yours. You may choose any kind of fat to cook - like mustard oil, olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, butter.
  11. In this recipe of Instant Pot quinoa khichdi the veggies become soft & do not have any crunch to them. If you prefer a little bite in your veggies than do steam them before & add them to the khichdi after it's all done. In that case you may use the veggies stock instead of water to cook the khichdi. And also use just 2.5 cups of the stock to cook the quinoa khichdi.
  12. Instant Pot Used = 6 quart IP DUO
  13. Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 240 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 922mg40%
Potassium 987mg28%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 6515IU130%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 987mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6515IU | Vitamin C: 25.8mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 5.8mg