Monday, January 19, 2009

Mixed Vegetable Khichdi ~ Masoor Dhal khichdi ~ One dish meal with rice, lentils and veggies


Khichdi, as I explained in my post here , is a dish made out of rice and lentils that is simple, satisfying and wholesome. I find this the perfect comfort food and a great life saver for days when all I want is something familiar and simple and have no patience to try something exotic or different. Last week when I returned home in a rush and was thinking about dinner ideas, all I could think of was to make some khichdi. But since the basic khichdi lacks vegetables, my conscience would not permit me to make just that and be done. So I thought of trying to make a khichdi with some vegetables in them.

Since time was short I could not turn to my most trusted source for new recipes....the internet, so I just made this dish up as I went. I cooked the rice and lentils in a pressure cooker with the bay leaves tossed into it so that their flavor could get absorbed by the rice and lentils. I then used cumin seeds, asafoetida and a little chilli powder to impart more flavor to this dish.I kept the flavors in this rice dish minimalistic,since I wanted something on the simpler side as far as flavors go, so this is one rice dish that will work well with spicy curries too. I enjoyed this version of khichdi so much, I know I will be making this far more frequently than the other plain version. Try this when you are looking for simple and comforting one pot dishes and a change from the usual pulao's and biryani's :-)

 Mixed Vegetable Khichdi ~ Masoor Dhal khichdi



Ingredients and Method to make Mixed vegetable khichdi

1 1/4 cup brown basmati rice (or white rice, see notes)
3/4 cup split red lentils (masoor dhal/ mysore parappu)
3 small bay leaves
1 medium sized onion cut fine (pyaaz/ vengayam) (Optional)
1 1/2  to 2 cups of mixed vegetables (cut into 1/2 inch pieces) ( I used a combination of cauliflower, carrots and peas but any seasonal vegetables like beans, carrots, potatoes, peas and bell pepper/ capsicum can be used)
1 Tbsb Clarified butter (ghee/nei) 
1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing/ perungayam)
1/8 tsp turmeric powder (haldi/ manjal podi)
salt to taste (namal/ uppu)
1/2 tsp chilli powder or according to taste
handful of cilantro/coriander leaves(hara dhania/kothamalli) cut fine(optional)


Mix brown basmati and whole red lentils,add water to it, swirl a couple of times and drain the water. Repeat this process a few times until the water runs clear.

Add 4 cups of water to this mixture, allow to soak for about 30 minutes. Add bay leaves, place in the pressure cooker and cook until soft. (This takes about 4 whistles in my pressure cooker) Alternatively you can place the rice and lentils in a large pan with the bay leaves and sufficient water to cook the rice and lentils and simmer on medium heat until the rice and lentils are cooked and slightly mushy.

Remove the bay leaves and discard.Keep the cooked rice and lentils aside.

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and add cumin seeds to it. When the seeds start crackling, add asafoetida, turmeric powder and quickly saute for a second.

Add cut onions (if using)  and saute until the onions turn translucent

Add vegetables and sprinkle a little water, a pinch of salt and cook until the vegetables are soft but not mushy.

Add the cooked rice and lentils to it, add chilli powder, salt to taste and mix well. Let it heat on low all the way through for a few minutes.

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with raita or kadhi with some chips/ papad on the side.

Serves approximately 3-4

Notes
If you would like to make this with white rice, ideally white rice like sona masuri is a good choice for this dish. To cook sona masuri usually a proportion of 1 cup rice to 3 cups water is used, so for this quantity of rice and lentils you would need about 4 and 1/2 cups of water.

The ghee and the bay leaf mainly do lend a lot of flavor to this dish, so if these are not used it can make quite a bit of difference to the taste.

If you want to spice up this khichdi you could cut 3 to 4 green chillies (small Indian or thai variety) or according to taste and add it immediately after you add the cumin seeds to the ghee, saute for a minute and proceed with the rest of the recipe



48 comments :

Vidhya said...

wow... making kichadi with brown basmati rice. REally new to me. Cutting carbs????

Varsha Vipins said...

I make Khichdi's with Semolina..Never tried with rice..Wud be a wholesome meal usha..:)
Do check my badam doodh post..:)

Indhu said...

nice healthy recipe :)
looks comforting :)

Varsha Vipins said...

oops..link erred..again..post..:)

Sumathi said...

I make this kichadi using plain rice.. never tried brown rice.. nice one Usha..

Curry Leaf said...

I too have started liking khicdi fter trying out a bengali version.This looks comforting.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

kichdi looks very yummy usha.

sagari said...

comforting and healthy kichidhi usha

Kitchen Flavours said...

Perfect for the weather... Looks comforting, warm and yummy....

Sara said...

This looks great, I love red lentils. Healthy too!

sunshinemom said...

A healthy version - thanks Usha for my all time fave comfort food:)

Lisa said...

A perfect meal solution this is. Nicely balanced and tasty.

Ann said...

Kudos to your healthy khichdi..it looks awesome

Jaishree said...

Kichadi Never tried with rice.Looks yum n healthy usha.. nice entry...

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks awesome...yummy

Dershana said...

Easy and healthy one-pot option!

Ramya said...

I have made khichidi with semolina. Making it with rice is new to me. Shall try it soon.

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Happy cook said...

Kichidi looks yumm.
I have never ever had brown basmati rice.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Such a yummy and healthy dish...brown basmati rice is a very good idea :)

Soma said...

Brown rice is a nice change. I make it with all veggies but just plain old rice. I too add the hing, love the taste

raaji said...

I love khichdi too wit vegetables...nove to try your chawli curry usha!!!Happy new year and pongal too....

miss v said...

i do the same thing when i'm not up to cooking a long extensive meal. rice + veggies + sauce. so easy and filling!

Deepa Hari said...

Thats a healthy kichidi Usha...i usually make it with plain rice...adding brown rice is a nice thought...Thanks.

Laavanya said...

That looks delicious.. I always add veggies to khichdi too but never tried with brown rice before.

Pam said...

It looks really tasty and healthy.

anudivya said...

Girl! You used brown rice for kichdi? That is BRILLIANT! I love it. I am so trying this sometime soon. Have bookmarked.

sowmya said...

comfort food...never tried with brown rice...

Trupti said...

my all time favorite comfort food..looks delicious with brown rice

AnuSriram said...

Making kichdi with rice is new to me.. Very innovative! Will try your version!

Viki Xavier. said...

kichidi looks so healthy. Its my favo:)

Lovliebutterfly said...

That looks really nice! It's the way I like khichdi, so versatile and comforting! And I bet it tastes better the next day!

Suma Rajesh said...

i too the same way for the kiddo..i add moong daal too...urs looks comfort food.

aquadaze said...

Khichdi is my ultimate comfort food! Never made it with brown rice, and actually never even thought of it! Undoubtedly healthier, henceforth that's what I will do. Thanks Usha, for visting my blog..hope to see you regularly!

A_and_N said...

Love this. So easy!

Vibaas said...

looks yum, usha. it's so easy and that's what makes it my favorite :o)

Shreya said...

love this, Usha. Always easy to combine all veggies and rice into one dish, so comforting:-)

Jackie said...

Thanks for the very handy recipe. I have very few Vegan red lentil recipes and this one will be sooo tasty.

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Kichidi with brown rice.. looks yummu and healthy too

Cham said...

In my house everyone love the kichdi and it comes once in a week in my menu. Brown rice is a great substi !

Superchef said...

brown basmati is an interesting twist..i believe its my first time here, wonder how i missed a wonderful blog like urs!!:)

Vidhya said...

thats good for you Usha, my husband east brown rice every day for the past 4 months and he feels so healthy and refreshing..thanx for the comments

Sathya Sankar said...

Kichdi with brown rice....a wonderful & a healthy recipe too...

thanks for visiting my blog and ur lovely words...

Sharmila said...

Love khichdi anyday Usha. I like mine a little soft and runny .. and do not add hing. :-)

Rajee said...

Looks lovely and comfort food, Usha but never tired it.

women-wisdom.com said...

Brown rice recipes are really new to me. It sounds so delicious and appetizing. A good blog indeed!

Sam said...

Khichdi is the perfect comfort food and so healthy. I like khichdi. In a heavy rainy day during monsoon season, we would be craving for khichuri. It takes very less time to prepare also. If you have some veggies add them to enhance the flavor.

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