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Daliya Khichdi

Dalia Khichdi [Cracked Wheat Porridge]

Jyoti Behrani
Dalia Khichdi, delicious, healthy dish made with cracked wheat, lentils & few aromatic Indian spices. This easy one-pot meal is packed with nutrients, and will keep you full for a long time!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Sindhi
Servings 3


  • 1/3 cup fine dalia [cracked wheat]
  • 1/3 cup yellow moong dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon haldi [ground turmeric]
  • freshly cracked black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 1 green chili, chopped (optional)
  • lemon juice, adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups water, plus as needed
  • salt to taste


  • 2 tablespoon ghee; For vegan use neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon jeera [cumin seeds]
  • pinch of hing [asafetida]


  • handful of fresh cilantro, chopped


Instant Pot Dalia Khichdi

  • Rinse the moong dal for couple of times, until water runs clear. Soak the dal in enough water for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, drain the water and keep the dal aside.
  • Turn ON sauté (more) mode. When it displays “HOT”, add oil, dalia, roast dalia for 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently for even roasting of dalia.
    Note: Roasted dalia turns aromatic and changes color (will become dark in color).
  • Add dal, turmeric, salt to taste, and water. Mix well. Turn OFF Sauté. Close lid, vent sealed.
  • Turn ON Pressure cook (high), for 5 minutes.
    Note: For coarse dalia, pressure cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally, around 5 minutes. Open the lid.
  • Check the consistency of khichdi, add hot water if required.


  • Heat a sauce pan, add ghee, cumin seeds, pinch of asafetida. Once the cumin seeds crackle, turn OFF heat. Pour this tempering over the khichdi. Mix well.
  • Add some lemon juice, to taste. Some finely chopped green chili (optional) and some fresh cilantro.
  • Dalia Khichdi is ready to serve. Enjoy with some homemade yogurt, pickle and papad!


Stove Top Pressure Cooker Dalia Khichdi:
Follow the directions as discussed for Instant Pot method. After the first whistle, reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes turn OFF the heat. Follow rest of the recipe as discussed earlier.
Stove Top Dalia Khichdi:
Heat oil in a pot, add Dalia, roast for few minutes until it turns fragrant. Add dal, spices, and water, mix well. Bring the pot to a boil, cover, reduce the heat and cook until the Dalia and dal is cooked fully. Adjust the quantity of water as needed. Follow rest of the recipe as discussed earlier.
Please refer to the post for the following:
  1. What is Dalia
  2. What lentils to use & their cooking times
  3. What veggies can I add, variations to this simple Dalia Khichdi
  4. How to serve, store, and freeze Dalia Khichdi
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