Delicious Quinoa Khichadi using Instant Pot and Microwave!

This is my protein rich and delicious take on the traditional Maharashtrian Sabudana Khichadi.

Quinoa khichadi

The nutritious qualities of quinoa are what inspired me to come up with this recipe in 2014, but the taste is what made it a hit in our home ever since. This is an update of my original 2014 recipe with better photos 🙂 This is a protein-rich take on sago (sabudana) khichadi! Delicious, easy to make, and good for you, quinoa khichadi is sure to be a winner at your home, too!

Look at this close up to see how fluffy this quinoa khichadi looks!

close up Q khichadi

Quinoa Khichadi in the Microwave

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup organic white quinoa
  • 1 cup water (or according to package instructions)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 1~2 green chilies (small Serrano or Thai bird chili), slit lengthwise and cut in pieces
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 small sweet potato or yam, cut in small bite size pieces. I left the skin on but it can be peeled as well.
  • ¾ cup roasted peanuts, crushed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • To serve: about ¼ cup frozen grated coconut, defrosted, and a few sprigs of cilantro, minced , wedge of lemon.

To make the Quinoa Khichadi in the Microwave-

  1. In the Instant Pot on Saute mode, dry roast the quinoa for about 2 minutes, stirring all along. Switch off the Saute mode. Add 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Pressure cook on normal pressure for 12 minutes.NPR. Let cool and then fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. In a  microwave-safe bowl, combine the olive oil, ghee, cumin seed, green chili/chilies, and the small bite sized yam. Heat on high for about 2 minutes, stir and cook another 2 minutes or until the yam is cooked.
  3. Remove from the microwave. Add the cooked quinoa, crushed peanuts, brown sugar, cumin seed powder (if using), and the salt. Stir well to combine, and heat in the microwave one more minute to marry the flavors.

Remove from the microwave, and squeeze the lemon juice over the khichadi. Toss, and serve topped with the grated coconut, the chopped coriander/cilantro leaves and wedge of lime.

I like to serve the khichadi with plain yogurt as an accompaniment.





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  1. Love your take on this quinoa dish Sandhya, it is packed with nutrients and taste. Love the coconut bits on the top too. This would make a wonderful lunch or for that matter a great dinner too. I’m really cross with myself these days, I’m still struggling to lose the 4 pounds that I put on over the Christmas break. Of course it doesn’t help when I look at blogs with desserts and cakes :). Your dish would definitely be welcome in my home, I’m staying away from anything sweet for now 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Loretta. Imagine how cross I am with myself for gaining 16 pounds this past year. I am struggling to shed it and these healthy recipes help.
      I am going to California for a week so will be eating out again:(

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      1. I somehow find that hard to believe Sandhya. You’re not comparing yourself to before you had kids eh? Cos if that’s the case……..:) How lovely that you will be in California, I know your daughter lives there now right? Well, have a super time, at least the weather will be better for you.

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      2. Ha Ha Loretta, I don’t even dare compare with my weight back then!
        I love food in California in general…I think it tatses fresher…..could be just me:) and have a favorite seafood place that is a fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun cooking. So will be pigging out again!
        Loved your post this morning and want to go to Louisiana.


    1. Thanks Robin. I recently got red quinoa too . It somehow seems to be heartier….may be it is just its robust color but I liked it too.


  2. Reblogged this on and commented:

    Reblogging with better photos 🙂 an updated version of my original 2014 recipe for Quinoa Khichadi. It is my take on the traditional Maharashtrian Sabudana Khichadi. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


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