Comfort in a Bowl: Ishva Little Millet Khichdi Recipe

Comfort in a Bowl: Ishva Little Millet Khichdi Recipe


Khichdi is a traditional and comforting Indian dish that combines rice and lentils with a variety of spices and vegetables. Today, we're giving this classic recipe a healthy twist by using Ishva Little Millet instead of rice. Little millet is packed with nutrients, easy to digest, and perfect for a wholesome meal. Let's dive into this delightful and nutritious Ishva Little Millet Khichdi recipe!


  • 1 cup Ishva Little Millet
  • 1/2 cup split yellow moong dal (lentils)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mixed vegetables (carrot, peas, beans, potato), chopped
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (for garnish)
  • 4 cups water


  1. Preparation:

    • Rinse the Ishva Little Millet and moong dal separately under running water until the water runs clear. Soak them separately in water for about 20 minutes.
  2. Cooking the Millet and Dal:

    • Drain the soaked millet and moong dal.
    • In a pressure cooker, add the millet and moong dal along with 4 cups of water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and a little salt.
    • Close the lid and cook on medium heat for 3-4 whistles or until the millet and dal are cooked and soft. Set aside.
  3. Tempering:

    • Heat ghee or oil in a large pan or kadai over medium heat.
    • Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
    • Add asafoetida, green chilies, and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute until the raw smell disappears.
  4. Adding Vegetables and Spices:

    • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
    • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften and oil starts to separate.
    • Add the mixed vegetables and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  5. Combining and Cooking:

    • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt to the vegetables. Mix well.
    • Add the cooked millet and moong dal mixture to the pan. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
    • Add garam masala and adjust salt if needed. Mix everything thoroughly.
    • Cover and let it simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Finishing Touches:

    • Once the khichdi reaches the desired consistency, turn off the heat.
    • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve the Ishva Little Millet Khichdi hot with a dollop of ghee on top. Pair it with a side of yogurt, pickle, or papad for a complete and satisfying meal.


This Ishva Little Millet Khichdi is a perfect blend of health and taste, making it an ideal choice for any meal of the day. Enjoy the nutritious goodness and comforting flavors with every bite.

Happy cooking!

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