'Khichdi' Is Monica Dogra's Comfort Food

Monica Dogra, who is an American Actress and Musician, is a known personality. She was appreciated a lot for her role in Ekta Kapoor’s web series ‘The Married Women’ alongside Ridhi Dogra, Suhaas Ahuja, and Imaad Shah. Dogra has also been vocal about animal rights and is a vegan. In one of her interviews, Dogra revealed "I turned vegan after watching a documentary about the way that eggs are produced, and also hearing information on the environmental impact of factory-farmed dairy. I had already been vegetarian for years for similar reasons. I recognize it’s a process, but it is one that is easier than ever today, and one that should surely be considered by the privileged to help lower impact on the planet and promote the compassionate and mindful lifestyle.”  

American Actress Monica has never shied away from expressing her love for food. She believes that food is a prayer and ritual for her. It gives her nourishment and energy. In a recent interview with Times Food, Dogra revealed that she loves khichdi. She said that she is a big khichdi fan and we can totally relate to her. And why not? Khichdi is one such comfort food we can’t say no to. Indeed, love for khichdi knows no boundaries. 

Be it our illness or no cooking day, khichdi comes to our rescue. This simple preparation of lentils and rice warm our souls on a bad day. Did you know that India has a Guinness World Record for making 918 kg of khichdi at one of the World Food India events? Great, isn’t it?? Not just khichdi gives an absolute homely vibe, but it is also offered to Goddess Durga during Durga Puja. Even God loves khichdi! No wonder, we and American actress Monica love it so much. Since we have triggered your khichdi cravings now, let us give you a quick recipe. You may thank us later!! 

Green Moong Dal Khichdi 

                        Image credits: Green Moong Khichdi


  • 1 cup rice 
  • ½ cup green moong dal 
  • 1 ginger (grated) 
  • 1 slit green chili 
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder 
  • ¼ tsp hing 
  • ½ cinnamon stick 
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Ghee for garnish 


  • Start by washing and soaking the rice and moong dal. Soak them for at least 2 hours and drain the excess water. 
  • Take a pressure cooker and add soaked moong dal and rice. Add all the other ingredients too. 
  • Add 2 to 2 ½ cups of water and cover the cooker. Cook the khichdi till two whistles. 
  • After the whistles, reduce the flame to low and let it cook for 3 more minutes. Then, turn off the flame.  
  • After the cooker’s pressure has been released, open the cooker and check the khichdi consistency. 
  • Serve and pour ghee over the hot khichdi. 
  • Serve with achar and know what comfort tastes like.