This recipe is perfect for wet rainy days, lazy weekend days and almost anytime the heart desires. A khichuri or khichri is an essential melange of lentils and rice. In this Bengali khichuri, the rice and lentils dissolve into a soft porridge-like texture. This is complemented with soft vegetables that retain their integrity.

Pressure Cooker Bengali Khichuri [Vegan, Gluten-Free]






Cooking Time




  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 medium-sized red onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cumin
  • 1 teaspoon powdered coriander
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups (about a 1/2 head of cauliflower) cauliflower florets
  • 1 medium-sized Yukon gold potato, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 whole dried red chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  1. Turn your pressure cooker to sauté and add the oil. After about a minute add the onions and sauté the onions until they turn golden. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add in the red lentils, rice, powdered cumin, powdered coriander, grated ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, and turmeric.
  3. Add the cauliflower, potato, and water and stir well.
  4. Cover the pressure cooker and cook on manual for 4 minutes. Let the dish rest for 10 minutes or longer and then release any residual pressure and stir well. Turn the pressure cooker to the sauté mode. Add the green peas.
  5. Heat the coconut oil in a small pan, add the cumin seeds, and the crushed red pepper if using, and the whole dried red chilies, and cook until the mixture crackles and is fragrant.
  6. Pour the fragrant mixture over the khichuri. Gently stir.
  7. Squeeze in the lime juice and garnish with cilantro and enjoy.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 288 | Carbs: 38 g | Fat: 12 g | Protein: 10 g | Sodium: 34 mg | Sugar: 3 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.