You can also try making this with red lentils (masoor dal) as they are sometimes more readily available. Quinoa is a great substitute for basmati rice.
You can also make this in a regular pot for those of you without an Instant Pot. Boil 5 cups of water and add washed rice and dal. Also add turmeric, coriander powder, and ginger. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Place a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes. Check water level and doneness of dal. If the dal is still floating or still hard and intact, cook longer. Add another cup of water and the hard vegetables and salt. Stir once and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the soft veggies or greens on top and cook until done. In a small pot, heat the oil and spices until they pop. Add these tempered spices to the kichari and serve with garnishes.