This recipe takes me down the memory lane when I knew almost nothing to cook and there was Khichdi to my rescue. It’s such a comforting dish. Simple, yet full of flavour in every bite. With time, I have been trying different variations of Khichdi and they all turned finger-licking.
Made with a combination of Arhar/Toor Dal (lentils) and Rice. The aromatic spices used in this Masala Dal Khichdi makes it class apart.
Preparation Time 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time 35-40 minutes
Main Ingredients Arhar/Toor Dal (Lentils) & Rice
Level Of Cooking Medium
- Rice 1/2 cup
- Arhar/Toor Dal (lentil) 3/4 cup
- Onion 1 large chopped
- Ginger 2 inch piece grated
- Garlic 5-6 cloves grated
- Tomato 1 medium chopped
- Cauliflower 1 cup chopped
- Brinjal/Eggplant 1 cup cubed
- Carrot 1/2 cup cubed
- Green Chillies 2 broken
- Chopped Coriander 2 tablespoons
- Cumin Seeds 1/2 teaspoon
- Cloves (laung) 2
- Black Peppercorns (kali mirch/golki) 4
- Cinnamon 1 inch stick
- Green Cardamom (badi elaichi) 1
- Turmeric Powder 1/2 teaspoon
- Red Chilli Powder 1 teaspoon
- Ghee (Clarified Butter) 3 tablespoons
- Salt to taste
Clean, wash and soak the rice and dal (lentils) in water for 15 mins. before cooking. Drain and keep aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorns, green cardamom and cinnamon. When the seeds crackle, add ginger, garlic and onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Now, add cauliflower, brinjal and carrot and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add salt to taste, turmeric powder, half the garam masala and red chilli powder. Mix well.
Add soaked rice and dal (lentils) and mix. Add 4 cups of water and broken green chillies and mix well. Pressure cook for 5-7 whistles.
Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Add the remaining garam masala and red chilli powder and 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) and give a stir. Check salt, add if required. Add 1/2 cup of hot water and mix well if the khichdi is too thick.
Serve piping hot garnished with coriander leaves with natural yogurt, papad or potato chips and any pickle.
Relish your Palate!