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Kitchari (Khichdi) - Spiced Rice & Moong Dal
a Recipe for the Instant Pot

I have tried several Kitchari recipes, and created my own spin on it to be made in one or a pair of insert pans in my Instant Pot.  My recipe is mildly spiced.  

This recipe was especially designed to be easy to take for a pot luck.  There are no vegetables in it, though you can add some carrots or sweet potatoes or whatever you wish.

By using a pair of insert pans, you can make two different batches with varying quantities of spices, or one with veggies and one without.  I love my insert pans!

All of the ingredients (except the water and ghee) can be put in the insert pans before you leave home, then when you get to your pot luck, just add water and ghee and cook.  If you don’t have to travel, or will have good kitchen facilities when you get there, rinsing the rice and Moong Dal before adding the spices is preferable.

This recipe fits in one insert pan and makes 6 or so servings.  To make more, just put the same (or different) ingredients in the second insert pan and cook both of them together for the same length of time.

Please read the manual for your Instant Pot.  Anything your manual says supersedes information here.  


Ingredients - Fits in one insert pan for the Instant Pot


1 cup rice

½ cup Moong Dal (Yellow Mung Beans hulled & split)


1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons fennel

2 teaspoons ginger

2 teaspoons turmeric

1½ teaspoon salt


When you are ready to cook, add:


2-3 TBSP Ghee or Butter

4 cups water (32 oz – typically 2 bottles of water) - Don't fill so much that when the pans are stacked it will overflow.

Add 2 cups (16 oz – typically one bottle) of water to the Instant Pot, then put the insert pans in.  Mine came with a holder which makes pulling them back out much safer and easier.

Set the Instant Pot valve to Sealing, the cooking to Manual, and the Time for 30 minutes.


Wait patiently for the Instant Pot to heat up, come to pressure and cook for 30 minutes, then wait an additional 10 minutes for the Natural Pressure release.  Then you can carefully move the valve from Sealing to Venting – I use a spoon so I won’t get burned by the steam.


Once the there is no pressure left, you can carefully open the lid, use mitts to pull out the holder with the insert pans and enjoy!