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Simple & Easy Instant Pot Quinoa & Chickpeas Khichadi

A basic Indian Khichadi recipe with new flavors. Made with quinoa, lentils, chickpeas & veggies in an Instant Pot, its a wholesome plant based meal for all.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people



  • 1/2 cup Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pink lentils/masoor dal
  • 1 tbsp Pure Blends™ Plant-Based Butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 cups chopped mixed veggies - beans, carrots, green pigeon peas, spinach and bell pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt as required
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Saffron Road® Chickpeas any flavor


  • The first step is soaking. Soak the Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa and pink lentils in separate bowls for about 30 minutes. Drain the water and keep it aside for now.
  • Turn on the Instant Pot in saute mode. Add Pure Blends™ Plant-Based Butter and once it melts temper cumin seeds.
  • After 10 seconds, add minced ginger and garlic along with chopped jalapeno and onions. Saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add these veggies - carrots, beans, green pigeon peas, spinach and bell pepper. Continue to saute for a minute.
  • Drain the quinoa and lentils, then transfer it to the IP.
  • Add spices like turmeric powder, paprika, curry powder, roasted cumin powder and salt. Add water and stir it all together.
  • Close the pot. Select Manual mode and place the pressure valve in sealing position. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Release pressure naturally for 7 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid, garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon juice.
  • Transfer it to a serving bowl, top it with Saffron Road ® Chickpeas for that extra crunch and flavor and serve this delicious Quinoa & Chickpeas Khichadi immediately.


You can use any kind of lentils in this recipe. You can even add mixed lentils. 
Feel free to add/omit any veggies you want in this dish.
Khichadi is based on personal preference. Some like it runny and some like it thick. Adjust the water according to your liking once its cooked. 
Serve this with a bowl of plain yogurt if raita unavailable.
This is comfort food. Enjoy it the day you feel low or under the weather and need some good food to lift up your spirits.