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Pumpkin Khichdi

In the realm of comfort foods, Pumpkin Khichdi stands as a testament to the artistry of blending flavors, textures, and wholesome nutrition. This humble dish, rooted in the heart of Indian cuisine, transcends its simplicity to become a comforting symphony of autumnal delights.

At its core, Pumpkin Khichdi is a one-pot wonder, marrying the earthy goodness of lentils and rice with the sweet and nutty essence of pumpkin. The choice of ingredients alone suggests a thoughtful embrace of the fall season, where pumpkins are abundant and the air carries a crisp chill. As you embark on the journey of crafting this culinary masterpiece, the kitchen becomes a canvas, and the ingredients, your palette.

To commence, the lentils, often yellow moong dal, weave a thread of protein-rich elegance into the fabric of the khichdi. Rinse and soak them, allowing them to swell and soften, ready to absorb the warmth of spices and the tender sweetness of pumpkin. Rice, the quintessential companion in this marriage of grains and gourds, adds a comforting base, creating a canvas for the myriad flavors to dance upon.

The star of the show, the pumpkin, makes a grand entrance. Its vibrant orange hue signals not only a visual feast but also a nutritional bonanza. The pumpkin, diced into bite-sized pieces, introduces a velvety texture and a subtle sweetness that harmonizes with the savory undertones of the lentils and rice. It’s not merely an ingredient; it’s a cornerstone, elevating the khichdi to a dish that celebrates the season in every bite.

The alchemy of spices unfolds next. Cumin seeds sizzle in hot ghee, releasing their warm, earthy aroma. Mustard seeds pop, announcing their arrival with a subtle burst of pungency. The kitchen transforms into a fragrant haven as turmeric, coriander, and cumin powders join the ensemble. These spices, more than mere flavor enhancers, are the architects of the dish’s character, infusing it with depth and complexity.

As the lentils, rice, and pumpkin engage in a gentle simmer, absorbing the essence of the spices, the kitchen becomes a sanctuary of anticipation. The steam rises, carrying with it the promise of a meal that transcends mere sustenance. With each passing minute, the khichdi transforms, the ingredients melding into a harmonious whole.

The final touch, a garnish of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lemon, adds a burst of freshness, cutting through the richness of the dish. The khichdi is ready to be served—a golden melange of grains and vegetables, a celebration on a plate.

Serving a bowl of Pumpkin Khichdi is more than presenting a meal; it’s an invitation to experience the essence of autumn. The tender pumpkin, the wholesome lentils, the aromatic spices—all orchestrated into a melody that resonates with warmth and nourishment. Each spoonful is a journey, a passage through the season’s bounty, a reminder that in the kitchen, simple ingredients can weave a tapestry of extraordinary flavors. Pumpkin Khichdi is not just a recipe; it’s a culinary ode to fall, a comforting embrace in every bite.

Pumpkin Khichdi

Indulge in the rich flavors of Pumpkin Khichdi, a heartwarming blend of lentils, rice, and succulent pumpkin infused with aromatic spices. Discover the perfect harmony of wholesome ingredients in every bite—a comforting culinary ode to the vibrant essence of autumn.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword aromatic spices, autumn flavors, comfort food, cooking tutorial, flavorful, homemade, fall-inspired, Indian cuisine, lentils, nutritious, one-pot meal, Pumpkin Khichdi, rice, seasonal cooking, vegetarian recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1.5 tbsp clarified butter / ghee
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 pinch asafoetida optional
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 2 cups pumpkin with or without skin, diced
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup toor dal yellow split pigeon peas
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tbsp salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 5 cups water


  • Rinse rice & dal and set aside.
  • Set IP (Instant Pot) to saute mode, add ghee, cumin seeds, chili slit, curry leaves and let it splutter.
  • Add onion, ginger & garlic paste and saute for 2 mins.
  • Add turmeric, asafoetida and saute for 1 min.
  • Add tomato, bell peppers, peas, pumpkin and cook for 3 to 4 mins.
  • Add rinsed rice and dal, water, salt, cilantro, combine well.
  • Close IP lid, press quick release and set it to auto. Cancel saute mode, select pressure cook at high for 6 mins.
  • Once done, release the pressure, open lid carefully and combine khichdi well and serve with curd and pickle.



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