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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

One Pot Rice And Pulses Dish | Khichdi

It's time to ease off our tummy from all the picante, piquant and saccharine nosh. Once in a while, it is so important to unbutton our gut by cheating oils, spices, and junk fast food. But how is that possible? The only thing that springs to mind is snacking on a fresh fruit diet or a detox water diet infused with fresh veggies and fruits so that our stomach feels hydrated and happy from within. But do you know there are other options too! Lentils too can help our body to stay fit and untroubled throughout the day.

Khichdi is a one-pot veg dish with a lot of soothing qualities where the pulses and rice are soaked to make their nutrients absorbed without affecting the digestive system. It is recommended by elders in our house to always stick to this healthy meal whenever we are suffering from flu, sore throat, and even upset stomach. Khichdi with greek yogurt always helps to improve our internal state of the body. Fortunately, my stomach was sturdier and rarely suffered setbacks, yet I have always been loving this soft, gentle, and warm nursery meal even when well. I prefer to eat this delicious khichdi twice a week to overcome all the bad health habit issues. I love to eat it with the addition of lots of clarified butter or ghee.

Khichdi is a simple recipe where the minimum volume of spices is being used, it is cooked until everything blends into one bowl of thick dish. Mamma dislikes tempering khichdi as dad prefers to eat it in a very desi or traditional style. Mama makes it by just adding moon-sliced onions and soaking dals or lentils together with rice. She pressure cooks everything and adds a lot of clarified butter at a later stage. Wherein I prefer a little color in my rice dishes, I just cannot manducate white rice that way, hence I have twisted this recipe by tempering it with pulpy tomatoes, turmeric for a little zest of color, whole spices for wonderful flavors, and ghee to enhance its taste! I complete this one-pot hot meal with lemon pickle and buttermilk.

One-Pot Rice Pulses Dish/ Khichdi

One Pot Rice and Pulses Dish Khichdi Recipe

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: maximum 2 hours
Serves: 3-4 persons

1 cup basmati rice, washed and soaked for 3 hours
½ cup split mung beans or moong dal, soaked overnight
3 finely chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon chopped ginger, fresh
½ teaspoon chopped garlic, fresh
5-8 curry leaves
2-3 slit green chilies
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon turmeric powder or haldi
1 teaspoon cumin seeds or zeera
4-5 cloves
8-10 black peppercorns
½ cup ghee
Salt to taste

  • Rinse the rice until the water runs clear and soak it in lukewarm water. Follow the same step for pulses. Soak them so that they could plump easily through absorption.
  • In a pot, add the soaked and drained rice and beans with 2-3 cups of water. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric or haldi, 2-3 slit green chilies, ½ teaspoon chopped ginger, ½ teaspoon chopped garlic, and salt to taste.
  • Bring the content of the pot to a boiling point, then cover the pot with a lid and allow it to cook on a low flame until the rice and lentils are evenly cooked and turn soft and tender. Keep checking occasionally.
  • Once the khichdi cooks evenly, stir well and let it simmer uncovered on a low flame. Meanwhile, peel and slice the onions into thin half-moons and chop tomatoes into small pieces. In a frying pan, heat cooking oil and add 2-3 bay leaves, 4-5 cloves, 8-10 black peppercorns, and 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds. Fry the aromatics for a few minutes until fragrant.
  • Add onions and fry them until transparent, add curry leaves, chopped tomatoes, and salt to taste. Let it cook for a few minutes until they turn soft and pulpy.
  • Transfer the tempering into the Khichdi and keep stirring until the Khichdi forms a smooth and thick consistency. Add half a cup of clarified butter or ghee and mix it thoroughly.
  • Adjust the salt, you can add fewer spices if you’re doing it for your kids. 
  • Remove to a plate and enjoy eating this light and fresh meal.
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