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Moong dal Kichidi in instapot

This is my first recipe using an instapot. I got instapot almost an year ago and finally decided to put it to work :). I was skeptical about it but boy I fell in love just after first use. Going forward I can see myself using instapot a lot.. Give this recipe a try..


2 cups basmati rice
1 cup moong dal
4 1/2 to 5 cups water(depending on how mushy you want you kichidi)
1/2 cup diced Potato cubes
1/4 cup chopped Carrot
1/4 cup chopped French beans or green beans
1/4 cup finely chopped tomato
1/4 cup finely chopped Onion 
3 Green chillies slit length-wise
Salt per taste
1 tbsp garam masala powder
1 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder(Adjust per spice level)
1 tbsp black peppercorns coarsely crushed
2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste 
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
1 sprig curry leaves
handful of coriander leaves


1 tbsp cumin seeds
20 cashews roughly chopped
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp black cumin seeds


Wash and soak moong dal and rice separately in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Turn on the Instapot with saute mode on. Heat butter and oil. Add the tempering ingredients and fry till cashews turn light golden brown in color. Add curry leaves and let them splutter. Add in onions, potatoes, carrots, green chillies and beans. Let them fry for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add in ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute till the raw smell is gone. At this point add in salt and tomatoes. Let them saute for couple of minutes. Add in red chilli powder, crushed peppercorns and garam masala powder. Fry for a minute. 
Add in rice and moong dal. Give it a good stir gently so not to break the rice. Fry for a minute. Add in water. Check and adjust the seasonings at this point. Turn off the instapot and turn on the instapot with Pressure cooker mode and set the time to 12 minutes. Make sure the whistle in in the sealing mode. Once the 12 minutes are up, switch off the instapot. Let it sit for a minute and do a quick release to let out the pressure. 
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with simple raitha and any pickle(I served with lemon pickle). 


If you do not own an instapot the same recipe can be made in a regular pressure cooker. If using a pressure cooker then cook till 3 whistles. 


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