Dal Khichdi

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Today’s recipe is another classic dish. Dal Khichdi has as many recipes as there are people eating it and I thought I should put my version on paper (or screen) and send it into the world to jostle for space among the other simple and complex khichdi recipes. This is the version that the family has finally accepted after my innumerable attempts to get them to have a veggie filled version.

My usual khichdi theme is tossing in bits and pieces of all available vegetables, finely chopped and adding as much rice and lentils as I can find around. But the husband and daughter have never relished it (I loved it) and would constantly complain about having to eat it and expected me to feel obliged for it. Ha! Me cooking and me also obliged? Not happening.

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During one of our trips to the restaurant, Rajdhani I caught my husband relishing the khichdi there and was obviously infuriated. He, to be fair, said he loved the dish without the veggies in it and promised to eat it if I could recreate the same taste. So this is my attempt at recreating the khichdi of Rajdhani. Though it is not a hundred percent similar, it is so aromatic and flavorful. More importantly the husband and daughter relish it. Mission Impossible is possible, after all.

Protein – Split skinless green gram / yellow mung / paitham parupu

Serves 3-4 people

WHAT WE NEED

Raw rice                                        3/4 cup

Split skinless green gram          1/2 cup

Ghee / clarified butter                2-3 tbsp

Roasted cumin powder              2-3 tsp

Turmeric powder                        1/4 tsp

Asofoetida                                     1-2 tsp

Salt

Water

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Wash the rice and lentils 2-3 times and set aside
  • The khichdi can either be made in the pressure cooker or in a pan. Pressure cooker is easier since it needs minimal involvement from you.
  • If you are using the pressure cooker, add the rice, lentils, salt and 4 1/4 cups of water and cook for 3-4 whistles. Open after the pressure has completely left, around 15 minutes.
  • If you are like me and like to have more control on the dish, then use a pan
  • Take a large pan and put it on the gas
  • Add the rice, lentils and 3 cups of water
  • Cover and cook on high for 5-7 minutes. Check every 3 minutes or so to see how the cooking is coming along
  • Add salt, turmeric powder and 1 tsp of roasted cumin powder and 1 cup water and mix well
  • Continue cooking till the rice and lentils form a mushy mixture and have absorbed nearly the entire water
  • If you like a runny khichdi, then add additional water as per your need and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • If you don’t want it runny, then open and cook on simmer till the khichdi gets a little thick
  • Always turn off the gas when the khichdi is little more runny than you want because it will continue to cook for some time in the residual heat after turning off the gas
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a small pan and add the balance roasted cumin powder and asofoetida and let it sizzle for a few seconds
  • Pour the ghee with the flavours into the khichdi and mix well
  • Check and adjust for taste . Add some more cumin powder or asofoetida, if you like
  • Serve warm with raita or chips and a dollop of ghee for best results
  • Enjoy especially on a rainy afternoon or chilly evening

 

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This is my post for the Mega Marathon under the theme, ‘Protein Rich Dishes’.

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Lentil Ginger Soup

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If I ever get into a situation where I can have only one flavour to cook with, I would take ginger. It’s simply my favourite ingredient and finds its way into almost all my dishes. 

Today’s soup is a delectable combination of lentils, ginger and vegetables. My guess is this recipe should work with most vegetables though I went for the classic onion, spring onion and carrot. Cabbage or cauliflower or broccoli should also provide interesting flavours. So here goes –

Serves 3

 Recipe adapted from here.

WHAT WE NEED

Onion, large             1

Spring onion           1 small bunch

Carrot, small           2-3

Garlic                         3 pods

Ginger                       1 tsp

Red lentils                120 gms

Olive oil                     2 tsp

Vegetable stock       3 cups

Salt & pepper

WHAT TO DO

  • Heat the oil and add ginger and garlic
  • Cut the onion, Spring onion and carrot and add to the oil
  • Save some Spring onion for garnish
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the lentils and cook for a minute or so
  • Add the stock and salt and cover to cook
  • Once it starts boiling, simmer for 10 minutes 
  • Turn off the heat once the lentils are completely cooked
  • Purée the mixture to a smooth soup
  • Season with pepper or other dried herbs
  • Garnish with Spring onion 
  • Enjoy!

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NOTES

  1. If you are not keen on making a smooth puréed soup, you can simply mash the lentils and have the soup. If you want to do that, ensure you cut the carrots and onions finely. Else, you can cut them into medium sized cubes.

This is my post for the September Cooking Carnival under the theme – Soups.

 

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