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Feb 23, 2010

Khichdi - Rice with lentils- A treat.

While for some, khichdi may be a food for the sick, but for me and my family it is a treat. Especially khichdi when served fresh and hot, is a bliss. Yes,I am not exaggerating here. Mind you, it should not be bland , but should be a tad spicier with some ghee generously added(dont mind the calories when you want to enjoy the taste!!) and of course the last secret is the garnishing part with the red chillies.Believe me, this does enhances the taste and flavour to the so called boring khichdi!! And then some people use yellow mung dal or some even use tuvar dal, but I feel whole green mung works fine in khichdi.I have tried so many combinations and methods to make khichdi an interesting meal and finally , I feel this one is really good. If you have any tips to make it more interesting, do let us know in the comment section;I would be willing to follow it when I make it next time. It is not a suitable tiffin box item, so I make this when hubby is at home during the weekends. Its easy , quick and a one pot meal containing rice, veges , lentils , spices almost everything dumped together in a pot and cooked till done.

rice khichdiIngredients-

Rice- 1 cup
Whole mung- 3/4 cup
Onion- 1 chopped fine
Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp
Potato- 1 cut in small cubes
Carrots- 1 cut in small pieces
Beans- few cut into 1"pieces
Peas- 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp or more
Salt to taste
Coriander powder- 2tsp generously
Garam masala- 1tsp generously
Oil- 1tsp
Dried red chillies- 3-4
Mustard- 1tsp
Cumin seeds- 1tsp
Ghee- 2tsp or more
Asafoetida- a pinch
Peanuts- 1/4 cup
Cashewnuts- few broken into small pieces(I did not add)

Method-

Soak rice and mung for atleast an hour.
In a pressure cooker, heat some oil , add mustard seeds and peanuts ( and cashewnuts if adding). Then add onions followed by ginger garlic paste. Saute til it turns translucent. Then add the chopped vegetables. Mix well . Add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder ,garam masala powder and salt and mix well. Then add the rice and mung. Mix well. Add around 3 cups of water. Cook in the pressure cooker till it gets well cooked.
Now the khichdi should be really mushy.The rice variety I use does not get mushy. So what I do is after opening the lid of the cooker, I add some boiling water in khichdi. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.(When you serve khichdi, it should be of a pouring consistency. Thats the best way I could explain this!!)
Now heat some ghee in a small pan, add dried red chillies, Cumin seeds and asafoetida/hing. When it splutters, add this to the khichdi.
Mix well before serving. Serve hot with kadi preferably.

48 comments:

notyet100 said...

nice version of khichdi,looks filling

Tina said...

Khichdi looks yummy and delicious...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

wow,i have never tried this so far,bbut sure going to try it out soon,sounds really good and healthy too!

Parita said...

Thats mouth watering khichdi!

Jayashree said...

Iam with you one this one....we too like kichdi. I don't make mine spicy, though....it is my kadhi that is spicy.

jayasree said...

Kichdi recipe is definitely delicious. one look at the ingredients confirms that you have added those to make it more tasty and flavorful. A bowl of this hot kichdi is something I want for dinner today.

Cicily Antony said...

Never tried khichdi...have to soon...this one looks yummy

DEESHA said...

i love khichdi .. its a treat at my home too ..

Rachana Kothari said...

Khichadi is such a healthy, wholesome and comforting dish!!!! looks great!

Happy Cook said...

I have never had or made khichdi. Love the colour.

Asha said...

Love the dal and rice combo, love the Kichadi. Ypur Kichadi is beautiful, I like my Kichadi little thin as well, not very dry. Pics are beautiful.

Preeti Kashyap said...

So delicious and healthy!yum

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks very yummy yum yum:)

Neetz said...

woww...it looks delicious...:)

Latha said...

First time here. Never tried this. Wholsome and delicious kichadi. Will give it a dry soon.

Raje said...

Khichdi looks healthy and wonderful Sowmya!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

so very soothing...Khichdi is my fav comfort food.

Suparna said...

hey sowmya,
Khichdi is never a boring meal for me too :)I like both the bland and spiced up version equally.
Love the snap it sure looks mouth watering.
TC

Usha said...

Khichdi is one of my favorites too, loved your version of it !

kamala said...

I use split green gram never tried with whole green gram will try your version.

Cham said...

I don't add veggie for kichadi! It is a comfort food!

Priya said...

Thats a delicious, filling and comforting food..

Priya Narasimhan said...

hearty, healthy, easy and filling dish..my fav too, prepartion as well as taste wise. :-)

LG said...

khichdi is a delicious one pot nutritious dish. We love it too.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy healthy khichidi

Uma said...

looks absolutely delicious.

ARUNA said...

That's a nice version of khichdi!

Siddhi S said...

wow swomya this khichdi looks yummy...loved ur spicy version with peanuts n all, vl taste nice

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Nothing can beat this Khichadi... Lovely color and very yummy!!!

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Spice said...

looks really yummyy....this one fav. at my place too...

Sush said...

very true Sowmya.This is indeed a treat for our taste buds. Me & my son are a great fan of it. But, my hubby is an exception :(

Divya Kudua said...

Khichdi for me is always a sweet dish.The savory version looks pretty good too..truly a one-pot meal:)

Rohini said...

I love the pouring consistency when it comes to Kichdi... Never tried with green moong, will dfntly do it next time..Thanks for the lovely recipe!

Laavanya said...

I think this is comfort food at its best and easy too.

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, lovely wet-kitchri, I would love to have them right now...droolworthy presentation.

Arti said...

Khicdi is very healthy and my favourite.. love ur version and nice pics too!!

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Mahimaa's kitchen said...

with all the veggies and dal, this is a wholesome meal. looks soo inviting!

VS said...

I too love khichdi Sowmya. Count me in your gang.

Your look so creamy and yummy. I am sure it will slip down the throat so easily.

Xiaolu said...

I LOVE khichdi! I'm Chinese, but this is pure comfort food and I love that I can make a big batch to eat all week.

Ruchikacooks said...

I love khichdi.Just had methi khichdi, love the flavors of red chilies in it.

Ruchikacooks said...

I love khichdi.Just had methi khichdi, love the flavors of red chilies in it.

Jagruti said...

Healthy and delicious khichdi..:-))

cheers

angee said...

kichidi looks yummy..can i have a plate pls?? thanks for visiting my blog..

Joie de vivre said...

I actually have some dried mung beans that I've been wondering what to do with. This looks hearty and homey and wonderful.

Valarmathi said...

Comfort and yummy recipe...looks delicious.

Varunavi said...

looks delicious

Sowmya said...

Kitchadi is a nice comfort food..Thanks for the recipe..Would love to try some..

Sashi said...

looks delicious !!

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