Wednesday, November 3, 2010

multi grain khichdi ....... making a simple dish exciting...

I have been puzzled for long about why khichdi is considered a sick man's food . This is my comfort food and my comfortable zone in the khichri land is when khichri is just about to turn into a soup . The only problem in my adult life has been my husband's strict aversion to this wonderful food . Now he is a convert thankfully and i am so happy and relieved to see him asking for second helpings . He was initiated into the land of khichri by first introducing new types of tahiri , then the tahiri started including some bean sprouts and even daals , i have a lot of tahiris in my drafts and will share them soon . So the tahiri became a bhuni khichri and then gradually he has started appreciating a good khichri , so much so that this multi grain khichri with a few coarse grains became a favorite with him . Now you know how to convert a khichri snob into a khichri lover....


This soupy version of khichdi has been my favorite since childhood and even during the sick days the soupy mung khichdi with nimbu ka achar ( lemon pickled with salt ) used to be the only respite from the smelly tonics and tablets . I remember clearly how i did not like the bourbon biscuit and preferred khichdi to revive my taste buds during sickness . A hot clear chicken soup comes a close second for the purpose but during those days i was a staunch vegetarian....

Recently both of us were not well and a khichri was an easy and convenient option to cook .......... it is so sensible to call it a sick man's food i understand now :) ...... the husband even requested for this khichri and when i showed her the ingredients he was surprised to know how the coarse grains can be so yummy.... the trick to make a good khichri with unconventional grains is in choosing the right daal for the specific mix of the grains . The seasonings should depend upon the season the mood and the kind of sickness if you choose to have khichri for that purpose. Accompaniments of the khichri can be as frugal as a salt pickled lemon or an array of bhartas , raitas , pickles , papads and ghee ........

This khichri and the sides are healthy and hearty .......truly a soul food.

ingredients....

red rice 1 tbsp
brown rice 1 tbsp
pearl barley 1.5 tbsp
white basmati rice 1 tbsp
red lentils 1 tbsp
mung daal 1.5 tbsp
chana daal ( split chickpeas ) 1tbsp
garlic chopped 1 tbsp
red chill powder 1 tsp
cumin powder 2 tsp
turmeric powder 1 tsp
asafoetida a pinch
salt to taste
ghee 1 tbsp
whole cumin seeds 2 tsp

procedure..........

 Mix all the grains and the lentils , add a liter of water , salt to taste and turmeric powder . Cook in  a pressure cooker for 3 minutes after the first whistle . Or cook in a stock pot for about 45 minutes skimming the frothy scum . Adjust the amount of water after cooking according to the required consistency . I add a bit more water to make it thinner....

Heat the ghee in a pan and throw in the asafoetida , cumin seeds and chopped garlic . Wait till the garlic becomes pink , take the pan off heat and add the cumin powder and the red chilly powder .Let he powders sizzle for a second and then pour the ghee and the tempering into the khichdi . Mix well and cover immediately to improve the flavor further.

Serve hot with the choice of sides . I served it with baingan-tamatar ka chokha and kheera pyaz boondi ka raita ......

for baingan tamatar ka bharta .......

Roasted a medium sized egg plant over gas flame till the skin is charred and the flesh is cooked . Similarly two tomatoes were roasted over gas flame . The charred skins were peeled off from the eggplant and the tomatoes and the flesh was mashed . To this was added generous amounts of finely chopped ginger garlic green chillies and some onions , a dash of mustard oil and salt to taste and mixed to serve warm or cold .

for kheera pyaz boondi ka raita .....

finely chopped ( not grated ) cucumber and onions were mixed together with thick fresh curds . Sprinkled some roasted cumin and asafoetida powder , salt and pepper , some boondi and mixed together to serve cold .
One thing is missing from the pictures and that is the papad . We had papad with the meal and it was roasted in the microwave instantly , i clicked the pics while roasting the papads actually ...

A complete meal , healthy and yummy .........

13 comments:

  1. yummmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyy.......... i too am a khichdi lover, and come from a family which loves khichdi... and I also like it soupy, and not very thick....... give me anytime with bharta, dahi, pickle and papad.........

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  2. That is one healthy n exciting dish....Looks great..:)

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  3. Hi,

    That's a very healthy recipe...cheers...Happy Diwali to you!!:)

    Check out the event in my blog!!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  4. Love khichdi....soupy kind...for me it's easy escape when I need one pot dish...i'm in time crunch or nothing else to cook or simply I want some i mean lots of comfort food.....

    never used red rice as of now...need to get some

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  5. really healthy as u have added red rice, brown rice, barley and other dhal varieties..

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  6. i like khichdi
    very tasty
    happy diwali

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  7. This combination sounds very interesting
    Khichdi is the sick-man's food...easy to cook, easy to digest... only trouble is that sometimes not so easy to feed...fortunately, everyone in my family are unanimous about khichdi. This combination will surely be a hit in my house

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  8. My dearest Sangeeta, thank you for always taking the time to stop by my blog and leaving and enlightening and warm comment, it means so much to me. Thank you. Thank you also for this week's comment in particular, I've learnt so much from it.

    Thinking of you fondly.

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  9. Delicious!!!! :D Mouthwatering, actually. :D

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  10. Sangeeta,
    I have always prefered sick man's khichuri over any other comfort food, nothing comparable and this looks so delicious..what is red rice ? never heard about it..Hugs and smiles

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  11. Jaya ,

    red rice is a wild rice , a coarse grain which was grown and consumed till a few decades back in our country . Now it is being sold as a health food and being revived as a food .

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  12. Very aptly summed up -secret to good khichdi is right mix of grains -I am yet to master this but your blog is showing me the light :-)

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