Sunday, January 25, 2009

Moong Dal Khichdi

Rice, lentils, spices and seasonings are thrown into a pot or pressure cooker and cooked until all individual ingredients are blended well together.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup split skinned moong dal
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • Butter or ghee to garnish
  • 2 tbsp crispy brown fried onion
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the rice and moong dal in water for at least one hour.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of ghee (or oil) in a pressure cooker, on medium flame.
  • Stir in bay leaf and onion. Add rice, moong dal, red chili powder, garam masala, salt, and turmeric powder. Stir and add 4 cups of water. Place lid and pressure-cook it up to one whistle (pressure release).
  • Remove from heat. Garnish with coriander, fried crispy brown onions and butter or ghee.
    Serve hot with chutney, raita, pickle, and salad

Do You Know:

The word "khichdi" literally means "hodge-podge" or mish-mash. Hodge-podge or not, khichdi makes for a complete one-pot meal. The rice provides the carbohydrates, the lentils provide the protein, the vegetables add the vitamins and minerals and fiber. A dollop of ghee provides the right amount of fat and calories, which are as important in a diet as any other food-group

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