Moong Dal Khichdi
Moong Dal Khichdi is a healthyand comforting meal made with rice and lentils. It's lightly seasoned and goodfor you!
- 1/2 cup rice
- 1/2 cup moong dal I used moong dal dhuli
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon hing powder also know as asafoetida
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
- 1 green chilli finely chopped
- 1 large tomato chopped
- 1/4 cup green peas
- salt to taste
- Take 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup moong dal in a bowl.
- Soak it in enough water for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, drain the water and set aside.
- Add the rice and dal to a pressure cooker and add around 3.5 to 4 cups water.
- Add salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida and pressurecook on high heat for 5- whistles
- The rice and dal will cook and be very soft and mushy, set aside.
- To another pan on meidum heat, add ghee and oil. You may use only oil to keep it vegan.
- Once the oil & ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Wait till cumin seeds start sizzling and mustard seeds pop up.
- Add chopped ginger and green chili. Saute for 30 seconds or so or till the ginger starts turning light golden brown in color.
- Add chopped tomatoes and green peas. Cook for 2 minutes, you don't want the tomatoes to get too mushy.
- Add the cooked rice and dal to the pan.
- Mix till well combined, add salt and adjust to taste.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve the moong dal khichdi with some extra ghee on top. Also it's usually served with some papad, achar (pickle) and yogurt on the side.
- Use only 2 cups of water if you want a more pilaf/pulao like consistency for your khichdi. This recipe is for a porridge like khichdi.
- You may use other veggies in the khichdi like spinach, carrots, onion.
- To make it vegan, simply skip the ghee and use oil only.
- The khichdi tastes best when it's warm. It will become thick once you keep it inside the refrigerator. Simply add more water and little salt and bring it to a desired consistency when heating it up again.