Loaded with the goodness of oats and vegetables this Vegetable Oats Khichdi is a perfect one-pot meal to serve your family. Here is how to make it.
A simple Khichdi is the most comforting and satisfying meal for me whenever I feel tired along with a bowl of chilled raita.
But I try and avoid rice sometimes, and therefore I keep looking for its alternative.
And though there are many options available in the market nowadays, I always end up making the oats version of the khichdi.
Vegetable Oats Khichdi Recipe is made every week in my home.
Mainly because oats are one of my favorite cereals and also because it is loaded with vegetables, low in calories and make for a filling lunch.
My kiddo makes many excuses for not eating his share of veggies.
However, when I prepare this recipe, he relishes it without any tantrum.
And thus it is also a great way to feed not only your kids but also your family, those important vegetables they don’t eat.
I am the happiest person on the planet when I see my family eating healthy food.
This Khichdi is a combination of two nutritious ingredients, oats and lentils.
While lentils such as moong dal are full of protein and fiber.
On the other hand, oats help in lowering cholesterol and even control blood pressure.
Now, it goes without saying that I have to prepare this khichdi every week without fail.
The best part, it can also be relished for your breakfast.
About the recipe
It is a simple and quick porridge recipe that is made with lentils, oats, vegetables and everyday spices.
This Khichdi is filled with the goodness of vegetables such as carrots, beans, corn, peas, making it even more nutritious.
Just to give it an authentic desi flavor, I have added onions, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, hing, dry red chilies et al to this Khichdi.
It can be made more watery by adding some more water to it.
My son likes loose khichdi and so I always end up adding more water to mine.
If you like grainy khichdi, below mentioned quantity is perfect.
What vegetables can be added to it?
Here, I have added carrots, beans, corn, peas, but you can add other veggies such as cauliflower, potato, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, etc.
You can even add greens like spinach, kale, fenugreek, etc to this khichdi along with tomato.
Can babies eat this khichdi?
This khichdi can be given to babies once they are 9 months old.
You can skip adding the whole spices if making it for babies and make it a little watery too.
Which oats can be used to make this khichdi?
I have used instant oats to make this recipe, but you can use any variety.
Steel Cut Oats or rolled oats can be used as well.
There will be a slight increase in the cooking time if these varieties are used instead of instant oats.
I served homemade nutritious Oats Khichdi with Gujarati Kadhi and oh, boy, don’t ask me how delicious they both tasted!
You can serve it with plain curd and papad too.
Any raita also goes well with this khichdi. You would surely believe me once you prepare them at home.
Step by Step Recipe
Heat vegetable oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil is hot, add cloves, cinnamon, and black peppercorns and fry for a few seconds.
Add cumin seeds and heeng and let them splutter for a few seconds.
Add dry red chilies, onion, and ginger and fry until onion turns translucent.
Now add oats and dhuli moong dal along with 4 cups of water, turmeric powder, salt, carrots, beans, corn, and peas.
Pressure cook the Khichdi until done. ( Approximately 1 whistle on high heat. Then simmer the heat and cook for 2 whistles on low heat ) Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release. Serve Khichdi with a dollop of ghee, papad, and raita.
Oats Khichdi Recipe
- 1 cup Instant Oats
- 1/2 cup Dhuli Moong Dal / Split Yelow Lentils
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 2-3 Cloves
- 2 inch Cinnamon
- 4-5 Black peppercorn
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/4 tsp Hing
- 3-4 Dry Red Chillies
- 1/2 cup Onion (Chopped)
- 1 tsp Ginger (Grated)
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 cup Carrot (Cut into small pieces)
- 1/4 cup Beans (Cut into small pieces)
- 2 tbsp Corn
- 2 tbsp Peas
- Heat vegetable oil in a pressure cooker.
- Once the oil is hot, add cloves, cinnamon and black peppercorns and fry for a few seconds.
- Add cumin seeds and heeng and let them splutter for a few seconds.
- Add dry red chillies, onion and ginger and fry until onion turns translucent.
- Now add oats and dhuli moong dal along with 4 cups of water, turmeric powder, salt, carrots, beans, corn and peas.
- Pressure cook the Khichdi until done. ( Approximately 1 whistle on high heat. Then simmer the heat and cook for 2 whistles on low heat )
- Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release.
- Serve Khichdi with a dollop of ghee, papad and raita.